Jessica Alba was born in Pomona,
California, on 28 April 1981 to an Air Force father.
Her family moved to Biloxi, Mississippi when she
was an infant, but she eventually moved back to
California 9 years later where she embarked on an
acting career and took her first acting class at
the age of 12.
She got her start on television, appearing in Beverly
Hills 90210, and made her film debut in the kids
comedy Camp Nowhere (1994).
Following her debut, she got her first substantial
film role as the object of the protagonist's disastrous
affection in the teen horror comedy Idle Hands (1999).
That same year, she played one of the nasty popular
girls who terrorize Drew Barrymore in the romantic
comedy Never Been Kissed.
The next year, Alba was cast in the popular TV series
Dark Angel. The rising actress starred as a genetically-engineered
woman who escapes from the lab and joins a cyber-journalist
named Logan Cale, played by Michael Weatherly, in
his never-ending fight against a crime in a post-apocalyptic
future. Though the series was cancelled after two
seasons, Alba continued to appear in films such
as Paranoid (2000)
and The Sleeping Dictionary (2003).