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Jessica Alba Tells OK!: I’m Not A Supermom

OK! caught up with the pregnant star of Spy Kids: All The Time In The Word in 4-D.

Jessica ALba sympathizes with busy moms everywhere. The actress,  Revlon spokeswoman, wife, and mother to daughter Honor, 3, refuses to sit still even though her due date is right around the corner. “I always knew i’d be a working mom,” Jessica tells OK!.

In the new Spy Kids movie your character has retired to raise her family. Would you ever do that?
I knew I would never stop completely. [Director] Robert [Rodriguez] gave me quite a few pep talks about finding balance. I was really torn. But he is a father of five, and he encouraged me to go back to work but do it in a way that I felt good about.

Did this role five you insight on what having a bigger family will be like?
Movie life never really prepares you for real life. It only gives you a paycheck so that you can afford real life!

Is Honor happy about the baby?
She is excited, but definitely a bit more cuddly, and she wants my attention more. She is a little more needy.

Are you a supermom?
No, I’m a trying-to-figure-it-out-one-day-at-a-time mom. I am doing the best I can. I feel as if there is always something that I am compromising, but I try my best.

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Scans from Instyle magazine’s August 2011 issue

Jessica Alba has a small feature in Instyle’s August 2011 issue (with Katie Holmes on the cover). Giving the readers an insight into her recent trip to China organized by designer Diane Von Frustenberg, and each picture has been annotated by Jessica herself. Click on the previews below to view the scans.

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Jessica Alba Covers ‘Lucky’ September 2011

Jessica Alba wears Marc Jacobs as she graces the cover of Lucky magazine’s September 2011 issue, on newsstands Tuesday (August 9).

Here’s what the 30-year-old Spy Kids 4 and new-mama-to-be had to share:

On playing superheroes: “I pretended to be a superhero when I was a kid. I thought, if boys can do it, I can do it, I can do it better!”

On being strong-willed: “There’s a video of me when I’m three, saying ‘This is a woman’s world, and I don’t need a man for nothin’!’”

On her first big audition: “We all went out for it – my mom, my auntie, her four kids, my auntie’s boyfriend, my brother and I all sardined inside our Buick Regal. That’s how we rolled back then.” Once there, she was asked to list any acting experience. “I lied and said I done plays. My mom definitely taught me how to hustle.”

Head over to Luckymag.com too see Jessica Alba’s Maternity Must-Haves.

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Scans from Latina’s August 2011 issue

My copy of Jessica Alba’s August 2011 cover feature of Latina magazine finally came through the mail this morning, and I’ve added high quality scans to the gallery for your viewing pleasure. This has to be Alba’s best pregnancy shoot so far. Click on the thumbnails below…

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JESSICA ALBA CELEBRATES HER ‘LUCKY MAGAZINE’ COVER – July 20

A radiant Jessica Alba was all smiles as she hosted the Lucky Magazineand ThisNext partnership celebration in Pacific Palisades, CA on Wednesday (July 20).

The expectant actress — who happens to be the cover girl for the August issue of Lucky — purred in a leopard print dress by Dolce & Gabbana as she rubbed elbows with the likes of Jordana Brewster, Leslie Bibb and Ali Landry at the girls-only event.

Before heading out, Jessica tweeted: “I’m about 2 get ready 4 my LuckyMag party benefitting @baby2baby! What color nail polish should I wear? Smokey eye or bright lip?”

Meanwhile, Jessica recently made headlines after she admitted to having explored her sexuality off-screen only after becoming a mother.

The 30-year-old starlet relied on movie roles such as the one in Sin City to draw attention to her feminine charm, as she was uncomfortable showing off her assets in her private life.

It was only with the birth of her daughter Honor in 2008 that the power of being a woman dawned upon Jessica.

“I didn’t necessarily see it (her sexuality) as a positive thing. I was afraid of it. So that is why I only really ever explored it when I was working,” she told Allure magazine. “I was quite shy with it. It wasn’t something I embraced until I had a daughter. I saw how incredible and amazing it is to be a woman and to be able to create a life.” (Faded Youth Blog). Click on the previews above to view more photos.

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Jessica Alba covers Allure Magazine’s August 2011 issue

Jessica Alba has starred in action flicks, romantic comedies, and high school dramas. But don’t ever expect to see her in a nude scene (sorry, guys). Check out these exclusive behind-the-scenes shots from her shoot with Michael Thompson. For more of our interview with the actress, pick up the August issue of Allure, on newsstands July 19.

Jessica Alba may be undeniably sexy, but it wasn’t until she actually had a baby of her own, she says, that she understood or appreciated her own sexuality. “I was quite shy with it,” she says. “It wasn’t something I embraced until I had my daughter. I saw how incredible and amazing it is to be a woman and to be able to create a life.

“There’s a reason why certain areas of the body are desirable—because it all leads to reproduction. There’s a science behind it all. It’s not just to sell whatever you’re selling on a billboard or a magazine or a movie.”

Alba has strong feelings about nudity. In all her movies, she says, “At least I’m still covered. I’m wearing as much as a bathing suit. It’s not like I’m naked. I’m not terribly comfortable with being in a bikini, but covering up my genitals is different than not covering up my genitals, at the end of the day. I do see a difference in that, to put it really frankly.” Here, she poses in a satin gown by Derek Lam.

After her first pregnancy, Alba (shown here with hairstylist Danilo) worked hard to get back into shape, and she was successful—up to a point. “I can’t ever get down to the weight I was before I had Honor,” she says. “My body’s just different. The jeans just sort of zip up differently, and things hang differently. It’s a miracle what happens, but you definitely are different afterward.” She laughs. “Unless you’re Gisele.”

Alba was recently horrified by a tabloid story in which a young woman had sought to recapture the attention of an ex-boyfriend by being surgically altered to look more like the actress. “That’s just so bizarre, because the physical is so fleeting anyway,” she says. “And when you’re in a relationship, the physical lasts for, maximum, two years. And then you don’t care how attractive you are to that person—if they drive you nuts, they drive you nuts.”

Danilo clipped in long extensions for some shots but removed them for the cover. “I wanted to work with the effortlessness of her bob,” he says. He created spiral curls with a large iron, parted her hair on the side, and loosened the curls with a mixed-bristle brush. For the cover shot, Alba wore a silk-jersey-and-leather dress by Derek Lam.

Makeup artist Pati Dubroff used red and brown shades for “an ethereal, wood-nymph look.” First, Dubroff dusted a reddish-brown-colored shadow on Alba’s lids and swiped a glossy lipstick pencil on top. She then lined the actress’s eyes with a brown pencil and applied a few coats of black mascara. Next, she swept a generous amount of rosy blush onto the apples of the cheeks. As a final step, the makeup artist used her fingers to tap on nude lipstick, which softened Alba’s lip color.

For her Allure cover, Alba was photographed at Franklin Canyon Lake—a picturesque part of a 605-acre park overlooking the Los Angeles skyline. Her daughter, Honor, visited the set and stayed to watch her pose for a few shots.

At the cover shoot, Alba gave pregnant manicurist April Foreman tips on changing diapers. “You’ll want to practice before you have the baby,” she says. The actress joked with photographer Michael Thompson about her own bump—Alba was also pregnant when he shot her for the June 2008 Allure cover.

Alba, on approaching her thirtieth birthday: “According to some people, I peaked in my early 20s,” she says with a chuckle. “I was like, ‘Oh, really? I feel like I’m getting better.'” (Allure)

Photoshoot by Michael Tompson

Behind the scenes photos
 

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Jessica Alba covers Latina Magazine’s August 2011 issue

Bombshell Mexican American actress Jessica Alba graces the August 2011 cover of Latina magazine’s first-ever family issue, which hits newsstands on July 12th. The 30-year-old actress and star of Spy Kids 4 opens up to Latina about motherhood, showing off her very pregnant body, her insecurities and studying Spanish.

On preparing for her second child:
“The first time around, every moment was so new and terrifying and now I know what to expect. It’s like ‘It’s fine, I’ve been there before.’ With Honor, I was constantly asking myself ‘Is she moving? Is her heart beating?’ I’d worry about everything, and with this baby I don’t have the same anxieties.”

On balancing motherhood & her career:
“After I had Honor I didn’t leave the house for a while. It was all about changing diapers and feedings and still trying to get back in to the routine of my [acting] thing. I love what I do. But unless it’s worth it, I’m not going to spend time away from my daughter. Before I had her, work was all I had. Now it’s not.”

On the possibility of more kids:
“I just have to feel it out,” she says with a wink. “See how my 30s treat me. I just try to live in the moment.”

On showing off your shape:
“If you are sporting a pregnant belly, it’s better to show it than to hide it. If you look in the mirror and you look really wide and frumpy, then you’re going to appear really wide and frumpy. The more figure‐forming your clothes, even though you have more curves, the better. I like long, thin sweaters that kind of hide my hips and my booty, so there’s not a huge emphasis on how big they’re getting.”

On her insecurities:

“I was a lot more insecure when I was younger. I was very sensitive to criticism. Now I’m definitely a lot more self‐assured.” In 2008, she told Latina: “All of the stuff I got made fun of as a kid– bubble butt, fish lips, the dark skin – I’m proud of now.”

On landing her breakthrough role:
“I certainly knew the significance of Dark Angel because I knew how difficult it was just to get to that point. A lot of people didn’t even give me a chance based on how racially ambiguous I looked.”

On studying Spanish:

“I’ve definitely considered moving to a Spanish‐speaking country for a little while, even if it’s just a month or two, because I think at the end of the day that’s how you really learn.”(Latina Magazine)

The shoot took place back in April, were Jessica shared a few on-set pictures on twitter.  Picture 1, Picture 2 and Picture 3.

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Jessica Alba is featured in a new spread for Vogue Italia

Jessica Alba is featured in a new edgy spread for Vogue Italia’s April, 2011 issue, photographed by Michelangelo di Battista.  Click on the previews above to view more photos.

Jessica Alba loves to play dress-up. So the actress tells Vogue.it as she approaches the final stretch of a daylong fashion shoot, which has seen racks of clothing, rows of shoes and a cluster of diamonds service her needs. As the sun sets over downtown Los Angeles, her fresh-faced beauty and upright posture betray what at this point must be sheer exhaustion; particularly because her black, lacy couture gown of choice is successfully concealing her growing second child.

In the 17 years since Jessica made her screen debut (in the 1994 feature Camp Nowhere) we’ve had front row seats to her seemingly smooth transition from young teen to sophisticated lady. She’s made us laugh (Little Fockers, The Love Guru), fought crime and evil forces (Fantastic Four, Dark Angel) and danced her way into our hearts (Honey).

But with all of the roles she’s taken on, it’s clear when she speaks of them that the one she relishes most is being a mother to two-year-old daughter Honor and wife of three years (and counting) to Cash Warren.

Of course, the California native – who celebrates her 30th birthday on April 28 – also has other loves, with fashion being one of them. The lady who loves to play dress up tells us all about it.

Our interview is fixed for seven in the morning, Los Angeles time, but my telephone rings at ten to. Jessica Alba is on her way to the airport with her husband Cash Warren and three-year-old daughter Honor Marie.

She has a shrill voice and professional manner, despite the little girl’s whims and the noise of Los Angeles traffic that are background to the conversation. “Being a mother has taught me how to adapt to any situation”, says the twenty-nine-year-old actress, protagonist of blockbusters such as Sin City and The Fantastic 4, and considered one of the sexiest women in the United States.

Unlike most of her colleagues, she has never accepted to bare all in front of the camera. “I am basically conservative, and this is due to the education I received from my parents. I know how this market works and I am prepared to play along”, says the unforgettable hot nightclub dancer in Sin City. “But to go naked does not interest me at all”.

“I have always been very aware of my looks – she continues – and I have worked hard to work on them and keep them”. Strict diets and athletic training have always been part of her agenda. But since she has had a daughter, her attitude has changed. “After the pregnancy, I felt liberated. I learnt how to accept my body and I give less importance to my appearance”, says the actress, now expecting her second child due to be born in the summer.

Nicola Scevola, Vogue Italia, April 2011 (n. 728), p. 198-211