Jessica Alba was 19 when she had her first big TV break, starring in the cult hit, James Cameron’s Dark Angel.
Being in the business since she was a pre-teen, Alba had tasted success before, starring in Never Been Kissed alongside Drew Barrymore, but it was the role of Max Guevara that made her instantly recognizable.
Now 35, Jessica has told InStyle how uncomfortable she felt as a sex symbol when in real life, she was a virgin.
“I remember my first Maxim shoot, they were telling me to pose a certain way, and I was like, 'Agh! I'm 19. I'm a virgin. I don't even know how to do that.' It was so awkward."
Telling the publication that, ‘My sexuality made me very uncomfortable”, Jess revealed the Golden Globes where she was nominated for her role in Dark Angel was the first time she wore a dress and heels.
In 2001, Alba was rated as #1 on Maxim’s Hottest 100 list.
Over the next ten years she became somewhat of a sex symbol although she maintains a strict no nudity clause in all of her contracts.
At 25 Jessica felt at odds with her public perception and wanted to be known for more than her naturally good looks. "I sort of went through a life crisis. I was like, 'This isn't what I set out to be. I'm so much more than this."
Now happily married to Cash Warren and a mother of daughters, Honor, 7 and Haven, 4, the actress and entrepreneur is focusing on her business interests in addition to acting with the creation of The Honest Company.