Jessica Alba: “Good actors never use the script unless it’s amazing writing”


Jessica Alba is the cover girl for the December issue of Elle Magazine. Yes, I wrote “December”. The issue usually devoted to coats and winter and Christmas, and most magazines use some kind of red or green motif. Not Elle. Not when you could do a cover shoot like everyone spends their Christmas holiday on a tropical island, and that they need to do their shopping in November. Ugh. Resort wear. Anyway, despite my griping about the summery feel of the shoot, the actual photos are lovely. Alba is turning into a pretty good model – now let’s see if she can act her way out of a paper bag. That might take two brain cells to rub together, so let’s go to the interview excerpts:

On balancing motherhood and work:
“The time I’m not spending with my kid has to be worth it, so when I sat down with my agents after I was ready to go back to work, I told them: It’s all about the directors.”

On her choice of roles:
“I know I haven’t been swimming in the deep end with some of the movies I’ve done. I wasn’t trying to. I knew what they were.”

On her personality:
“I’m shy. I don’t like being the center of attention. But when I do comedy, I lose all inhibition and introspection. I no longer care.”

On criticism: “I’d been so afraid of criticism ever since I was young. Every time I’d get a critique or some redirection, I’d always just take it very personally, but now I have no problem with it. It’s just a chance to try things a different way. To play more with a character. It also gives me a chance to have some input, to use my voice.”

On not respecting screenwriters: “Good actors, never use the script unless it’s amazing writing. All the good actors I’ve worked with, they all say whatever they want to say.”

[From Elle]

That last quote is the one that made my eyes roll back like I was convulsing. “Good actors, never use the script unless it’s amazing writing. All the good actors I’ve worked with, they all say whatever they want to say.” Are you f-cking kidding me? Granted, there’s a lot of crap in Hollywood, and yes, some really dumb scripts get green-lit. But how is Jessica disrespecting screenwriters going to help her career? And why is she trying to take “all the good actors” down with her? And why does Dame Alba think the crap she comes up with will be so much more elegant and smart than whatever team of hacks is re-writing Alba’s latest dumb rom-com? It’s one thing if Meryl Streep wants to change a line to make it funnier. It’s quite another thing for Dame Alba to basically say that all “good” actors make sh-t up when they’re working with a script they don’t like. How about this – if you don’t like the script, don’t make the damn movie.



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  1. flourpot says:

    So she’ll be sticking to the script, then…

  2. crab says:

    Those clothes she has on are just adorable!! I want them!!

  3. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    OMG Fashion Orgasm. I love the outfit for the cover photo. Its fabulous. Amazing I think Alba looks stunning in all her pics.

    I guess its not terribly uncommon that actor will ad-lib in a scene. Some movies don’t get made because the actor won’t do the film unless the script is re-written. So I guess I can kinda believe Alba.

  4. mln says:

    The only thing she was ever OK in was that first TV show Dark Angel. I doubt she is capable of any real acting.

  5. Oi says:

    Geez. She has no idea what she’s talking about. And I’m pretty sure that’s false, or else all ‘good’ actors would be saying the same things a lot.

  6. PrettyTarheel says:

    Well, Young Hollywood, take note: Successful, Oscar Winning, multiple nominee Jessica Alba has spoken out about how you should handle your career if you want to be a good actor…
    Oh, wait…

  7. Josephine says:

    lol if that was the case there wouldn’t be a need for an actual script the director could just give a summary of what he wanted the scene about. instead of talking about acting maybe she should go to a few acting classes and try to, you know, not suck?

  8. brin says:

    Gee, does she know any good actors?

  9. YT says:

    I hope Katherine Heigl doesn’t hear that going off script is a good thing.

  10. lucy2 says:

    That’s bimbo speak for “I can’t remember my lines.”

  11. ziggy says:

    she needs to keep her trap shut. she isn’t doing herself any favors.

  12. Wicked SteppMom says:

    Jessica Blahblah is so full of crap, I’m surprised it’s not coming out of her ears.

  13. Tuatara says:

    I would believe that actors may ad-lib every now and then, but to say that actors “never use the script” is total crap, surely. If that was the case, why would producers use scriptwriters at all? God, she talk rubbish.

  14. ElizabethM says:

    Dear Jessica Alblah,

    You are so screwed.

    Joey Tribbiani

  15. Jacq says:

    Good actors? Does she mean Dane Cook? Who else was in “Honey?” What an obnoxious woman, the only thing I could think of that’s kept her relevant over the last year (?) is that her husband maybe did the horizontal mambo with Lindsay Lohan. I am glad to see that with regard to opening her big, toothy mouth, she’s taking tips from the Katherine Hag-el “Big Book of Coulda/Shoulda STFU Before I Torpedoed My Own Career.”

  16. mslewis says:

    If a good actor didn’t like a script, they would never have said yes to doing the movie in the first place. No actor would ad lib in the middle of filming a scene, they would consult with the director and maybe get the words changed . . . IF they are A-List enough. Of course, Ms. Alba doesn’t know this because she has only done crap and she, as a C-list actor, has zero say in the matter.

    She does look adorable in those cute outfits, through.

  17. Ycnan says:

    she didn’t say that’s what she does, just that’s what every good action she has acted with does.

  18. Kitten says:

    I doubt she would know a well-written script if it kicked her in the face.

  19. Arianna says:

    @ lucy2 my sentiments exactly!

    also i cant stand her outfits… maybe they’re just too bubblegum candy babyish for me especially on her.
    i am just so MEH about her! stop giving interviews

  20. Hautie says:

    Dear Jessica Alblah,

    You are so screwed.

    Joey Tribbiani

    LOL! I thought the exact same thing. She better be scared of any elevator scene’s that show up suddenly in her script.

    But sadly she won’t read it … so let it be a surprise for her then!

  21. bros says:

    ugh, I cannot stand this cow. she is a piss poor actress who does bad movie after bad movie, so its not like she has this wealth of information about how great actors deal with scripts, enough to sound so confidently informative.

    she should stick to photospreads and her grumpy pout face.

  22. happygirl says:


  23. Marjalane says:

    I find it ironic that she’s always been afraid of criticism…. I think she may have chosen the wrong career. As much as I don’t enjoy J.A., I do think she has the cutest celeb baby.

  24. anti says:

    her facial expression is very odd in these photos. it’s a cross between vacant and watching television.

  25. Po says:

    So is there a screenwriter/actor conspiracy going on because most good actors I’ve seen give credit to screenwriters. She’s got to be trying to get Heigl attention because let’s all be honest, if it wasn’t for her big mouth would anybody have even gone and seen a Katherine Heigl movie (sorry if I mispelled her name but I don’t care enough to check). Either Jessica Alba is a complete idiot, which I doubt, or she’s courting some bad press to get some attention.

  26. Shay says:

    The day she becomes a good actor is the day my cat speaks English.

  27. ElizabethM says:

    @ Po…. Exactly! Mayhaps JA doesn’t remember the writer’s strike that happened a few years ago that brought Hollywood to its knees. Not only was it incredibly financially devastating but the writers were fighting for many of the same rights the actors wanted. Many actors picketed WITH them in a lovely show of support and respect.

  28. carrie says:

    she’s idiot

  29. Happymom says:

    I love that she makes it sound like she’s deluged by scripts and offers, but is really fussy about what she picks because she’s such an attentive mother. Eyeroll.

  30. QQ says:

    Bwahahah I’m with Flower Pot… so then this sour bitch stays On script and reads verbatim … cause we all know this suckface is pretty but nothing near dame judy dench… shit, not even good tv or cable tv quality actress

  31. dejii says:

    UGH. She’s absolutely stunning. I think her face/body is perfection. But she can’t act herself out of a box. She tries to sound all smart…and who knows? Maybe she is? But i’d think that if she is – she’d realize she CANT ACT! She will NEVER get nominated for an Oscar, let alone WIN.

  32. ElizabethM says:

    To provide contrast to JA’s snottiness towards screenwriters……..

    The ridonkulously talented Jeffrey Donovan (of Burn Notice fame) was asked if he could diffuse a bomb (or something equally stupid, can’t remember the exact question). He responded “if a writer writes a script for me to follow then yeah, sure.”

  33. Jen D says:

    I’m kind of indifferent about her, but I appreciate that she kind of realizes that her roles so far haven’t exactly been Oscar worthy. Can we give her credit for that?

    It seems like she really tries to get people to approve of what she says (i.e. the motherhood quote, and basically every interview I’ve ever read from her) but fails at it every time. You can’t please everyone! I think Megan Fox is a bit of an idiot, but I like that she’s entertaining to listen to and probably doesn’t censor her thoughts.

  34. aenflex says:

    Screenplays and scripts are marvelous, and survive even when the film flops because of shitty direction/acting/promotion. She’s a bubble head, says what she wants…

  35. Samantha says:

    After this, I totally had a flashback to Friends when Joey made a comment about the script writing in Days of Our Lives and then got killed off. She made a stupid comment. Might as well throw her career down the elevator shaft.

  36. Isa says:

    She is so pretty and her body is kick ass but I hate the way they styled her hair for this shoot.
    And summer clothes? Really? Although the cover outfit is adorable.
    Her expressions are just….meh.

  37. Courtney says:

    Jessica should keep her mouth shut she can’t act her way out off a paper bag. if she wants to be a good actress go to acting school or look at reels of reaction shots of actual good/great actors/actresses and learn that less is more. for example look at the reaction of young Rachel Cammeron in Rachel Rachel when her father finds her in the wicker basket where he keeps his enbalming supplies she almost cries but doesn’t. granted that little girl is the 8 year old daughter of the lead actress and director making her screen debut granted Jessie was born nearly 1 1/2 decades later and probably doesn’t realize the lead actress in the case of that film was nominated for her second Best Actress Oscar having won on her first nomination 11 years earlier. correct the director was Paul Newman the lead actress his Wife Joanne Woodward and the little girl was their then 8 year old daughter Eleanore Teresa “Nell” who is an exact minature of her mother.

  38. MarenGermany says:

    jessica is the only topic i would say i disagree with Kaiser. I adore her. I think she is fresh-hearted, a little clumsy and says whatever comes to her mind, which is probably not always good in this business, but I really, really like her.

    Plus: Why did they insist on photoshopping the hell out of her. she is such a natural beauty…. i dont get this industry.

  39. flourpot says:

    I think their cover idea is good. We’ve been seeing red and green since before Halloween, they’re marketing black friday as every friday. I think a nice summery layout in the middle of all this excess holiday commercialized crap will be refreshing. Someone there is smart.

  40. Jazz says:

    I had a moment of “bitch please!” when I saw that headline!

  41. TG says:

    @lucy2 – Too funny and @Hautie your elevator comment made me almost spit out my food.

    I have nothing to say because everyone on here is on top of things and has already said it.

    If she would just act in a movie and not try to pretend like she is made for great roles or is even getting offered great roles people would like her better. Many of the oscar nominated movies aren’t even my favorite. I enjoy a good chick flick or action.

    @HappyMom I agree with you too. She is such an attentive mom that she overfed her baby so that she could get her beauty sleep. LOL

  42. redrogue says:

    And just when did Jessica Alba become an actor? She is just eye candy, no more no less.

  43. Catherine says:

    She really needs to rethink her ego and making blanket statements for her fellow actors. Who made her their official spokesperson? Like this girl knows anything besides crap acting and showing off her girlie parts.

  44. Jessica Who? says:

    She looks like a clown in the second picture and in the last, she has the most stupid face i’ve ever seen. She’s a pretty girl but talentless.. in all kind of ways.. her modeling and posing sucks also her acting. She’s dumb as hell but always tries to be a lovely sweetheart and only stupid people believe this..

    Hate her

  45. LT says:


  46. original kate says:

    oh, jessica… after this i’m sure you won’t be getting any decent scripts at all. say, isn’t it about time for “honey 2?”

  47. Randomness says:

    @ Flour Pot, best comment ever.

  48. Katija says:

    Sure, a lot of really dumb scripts get greenlit. But the ratio of “dumb scripts with the green light” to “horrible actresses who get roles merely because they’re easy on the eye” will ALWAYS be 1:100.

    While I have never worked as a film screenwriter, I DO work part-time writing scripts for commercials and have been on set. REAL ACTORS, as in, the stage/commercial actors who actually have to hustle and work to bring food home, memorize the scripts religiously, down to each and every “and” and “the.” What a dumb waste of oxygen this woman is.

  49. Katija says:

    Also, I hear she hates being typecasted as the hot chick bimbo and resents shower scenes. I PRAY that every screenwriter in Hollywood makes “last minute script changes” that require her to be a bimbo in a shower after she has already signed on.

  50. Faye says:

    So I could be a really good actor then because I can make up some really good stuff when I’m blathering on. Oh wait, I’m not a size 00.

    Sometimes I wish they wouldn’t interview some people because they just end up saying things that make them look dumb/self absorbed/ OH LOOK AT ME/ etc. They should find alternate ways of letting us get to know the cover girls. Maybe have them draw something or write a haiku. I think we’d like a lot more actresses that way.

  51. Mouse says:

    Holy crap, what a flake.

  52. Kazoo81 says:

    she is so beautiful. she needs to be seen and never heard.

  53. Maxthrax says:

    All the actors you worked with didn’t use the script? No wonder all of your movies suck. The script is THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE MOVIEMAKING PROCESS. Movies that start out with script problems usually suck. If she’s been in this business this long and hasn’t figured this out yet she has no business being in this business.

  54. mslewis says:

    Oh, Jessica. You have NOT worked with good actors . . . EVER!!!

    Bitch, come on. And if actors, good or bad said whatever they wanted, what happens to the actor in the scene with them? What a stupid statement, but, keep on giving those great interviews because I think Megan Fox has disappeared for now and we need a dumb bitch to keep things lively.

  55. spicedong says:

    Megan Fox is busy writing her works of philosophy with a feather pen in the attic of a country house in England, so unfortunately she hasn’t been around to give us our weekly eye roll cues. But fear not, your fat eyeballs are about to burn off some chunk thanks to Megan Fox’s substitute MiserAlba!

    “Good actors, never use the script unless it’s amazing writing. All the good actors I’ve worked with, they all say whatever they want to say.”

    Yeah, and whatever “they” say to MiserAlba usually starts with BITCH and ends with PLEASE. LOL!

  56. SuperSned says:

    The basic mistake Alba is making is equating screenwriting with writing dialogue. It’s not. I’m a screenwriter myself and can tell you that the actual dialogue is just a tiny, tiny, tiny part of the work.

    Actors don’t create their characters — the writers do. Director’s don’t create the words the story is set in — the writers do. The whole fvcking STORY that’s unfolding on screen. Oh right, the writer came up with that too.

    Great, little Jessica, you go ahead and say “Hi what’s up” instead of “How’s it going” in whatever scene you want, and then go around and tell people you “don’t use the script.”

    And then say you basically want to blow any director who’ll work with you. Directors can make a bad movie from a good script (believe me, many have). They can’t make a good movie from a bad script.

    I’ll close with a quote from Robert DeNiro, who, I don’t know, MAYBE knows a little more about acting than Alba. “Never disrespect the writer. Only disrespect the director.”

    Which of course, Alba got completely backwards.

  57. Alba Blows says:

    I’d be more inclined to listen to her opinions on pieces of writing if she, you know, could tell the difference between Sweden and Switzerland. Sad thing was she lied and insisted, “No no, I really DID mean Sweden when I said be neutral…like Sweden.”

    Instead of laughing or shrugging the whole thing off, sent out this big press release explaining that when asked about Obama’s candidacy, she wanted to stay netural…”like Sweden,” because of course she was referring to Sweden’s role in WWII. And definitely NOT Switzerland…

    I mean that shows her as really petty and self-conscious to an embarrassing degree.

  58. jemshoes says:

    Well here in Oz, summer holidays is just around the corner for us, so the resort wear isn’t so out-of-place on a December magazine cover here … I honestly do wonder what a white-winter Christmas is like, and to not eat turkey in sweltering weather with the air conditioning blasting!

    I just get the feeling Jessica is trying too hard to sound edgy, daring and indie. It’s backfiring. 🙂

  59. loopygorilla says:

    OMG those clothes are sooooo cute! kudos to Elle magazine’s stylist.

    as for alba, bitch you are NEVER EVER going to be meryl streep, shut up and go join blake lively, jessica biel, and the other tarts.

  60. Newbie says:

    @ElizabethM: I was thinking the EXACT same thing! LOL! Alba is a beautiful woman, but sooooo dumb.

  61. koala says:

    she’s a cute girl… cut her some slack. she may be very wrong but she’s done more acting than the majority of the people who post here, c list or otherwise.

  62. A.S says:

    You what I think, she’s a cute kid, who
    has been made into sex symbol, because
    she fits today’s beauty standards. Old Hollywood always used this type, so
    I guess with no studio system in place the independents still try to do the same thing. There are actresses and there are beauty queens, they last until the beauty fades at about 40 according to US beauty standards. Jessica should accept her fate like
    Rachael Welsh did, then laugh all the
    way to the bank.

  63. Graygrrrl says:

    I think we’ve finally realized what’s wrong with Jessica Alba- She never learned to read! Maybe she can get into Zoolander School for Kid’s Who Don’t Read Good. That would explain her horrible acting and how her dialogue always seems to have been written by someone else. Groan!

  64. Kimberly says:

    Um she’s never been in an amazing movie unless you consider Idol Hands to be amazing. Maybe actors should follow the scripts since so many movies have sucked balls for a while now!!!

  65. truthzbetta says:

    @Alba Blows

    Um, sorry but Sweden WAS famously neutral in WWII. WWII the biggest conflict in history, that one. Even the rubes at TMZ admitted they were wrong and Alba was right.

    Otherwise, Alba is a fool. We now know she hasn’t done Shakespeare, or Chekhov, or Ibsen or O’Neill or anything classic. Ever.

    With the great writers in serious works nobody wants to watch the hired hands play mad lib. So great actors are comic Dane Cook, then, in Albaland. Well, that is funny as heck.

  66. Katie says:

    In fairness, she didn’t explicitly place herself in a category with “all the good actors”, nor did she said *she* never follows the script. She said “good actors”. Telling?

  67. Camille says:

    Ugh. Can’t stand her and she is a terrible model! Dead behind the eyes, no emotion, much like her crap ‘acting’.

  68. HotdogFingers says:

    Jessica might have been correct about Sweden’s status in WWI but she just got lucky there. EVERYONE KNOWS she didn’t know the diff between Sweden and Switzerland.

    Re the cover photo: Her waist looks freakishly small. Was the pic photo-shopped?

  69. Confuzzle says:

    Shut up and model, dumbo.

  70. Ash says:

    Jessica’s a moron. Good actors actually respect writers.

  71. CB Rawks says:

    Those tarantulas on her eyes are scaring me. I think the makeup artist might have hated her.