Jessica Alba is an incredibly well-known and respected actress, having been one of the most popular actresses in cinema and becoming one of the it-girls of the 2000s. She starred in many massively successful projects and very quickly became one of the most popular actresses of her time. Slowly, however, she walked away from the spotlight.
One of the reasons for this, perhaps, could have been her experience on the set of one of her most successful projects with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which left her wanting to quit the industry altogether.
Jessica Alba Had An Awful Experience On The Set Of Fantastic Four 2
Unfortunately, there’s quite a common phenomenon in Hollywood for directors to have unreasonable and ridiculous requests from their actors. While these can range from a number of things, the one common factor is, that there isn’t much that the actor can do if they aren’t A-List. Jessica Alba had a similar experience on the set of Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer. During an interview with Elle Magazine, the actress revealed further details.
“I wanted to stop acting. I hated it. I really hated it”. Speaking about her experience on set with filmmaker Tim Story, Alba recalls, “I remember when I was dying in Silver Surfer. The director was like, ‘It looks too real. It looks too painful. Can you be prettier when you cry? Cry pretty, Jessica’”.
Alba stated that she absolutely hated making this film and even considered quitting acting altogether because of the experience she had on set. She revealed that the director of the project would often have ridiculous requests and demands from her, asking her to look prettier when she cried or making her acting look less ‘real’. She even revealed that they flat out once asked her if she could cry prettier.
Jessica Alba Almost Quit Acting Because of This
Naturally, criticism like this made Jessica Alba very upset and infuriated. The level of this was quite severe. The actress went on to reveal that because of this experience, she started to doubt her own capabilities and question whether or not, she herself was a good actress. She even told Elle Magazine that she started to question whether her instincts and her emotions were good enough to make it.
As a result of this harrowing experience, she explained, “it all got me thinking: Am I not good enough? Are my instincts and my emotions not good enough?… And so I just said, ‘F**k it. I don’t care about this business anymore’”.
While she dwelt on this for quite some time, she soon realized that she did not care that much about this and did not think that it should let it affect her as much. The actress revealed that she simply stopped caring about the business of the film industry after her experience on the set of Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
Source: Elle Magazine