It's common knowledge that a Jessica Alba feature will contain two intriguing elements: eye candy (via her barely-there outfits) and a kick-ass Wonder Woman-esque action sequence in which her character punishes her foe in that aforementioned barely-there outfit. Luckily for us, her latest offering, Into the Blue, (currently in theaters) doesn't disappoint as it serves up a heaping helping of both of those classic elements.
MFOnline recently caught up with the Fantastic Four actress to discuss her impressive "body" of work-and why we think she could possibly be the hottest chick on film that could kick our ass.
MFOnline: You're always portraying these superhot chicks-is there a Hollywood conspiracy to get you into skimpy outfits?
Jessica Alba: Well, I don't think I play superhot chicks; I think it's the way they market people who are wearing bathing suits. Ashley Scott's in a bathing suit in the movie just as much as I am. She certainly has a lot more angles that I don't have. And I play the good girl, but for some reason the emphasis is on me being the sexy one-but I was the sweet one, the girl next door.
MF: You had some pretty steamy scenes with Paul Walker. Was that difficult at all?
JA: He's a sexy guy, so I think any scene he's in is just sort of nominated as sexy. Yeah, I mean he's a lovely guy. He's down to earth. He's a guy's guy. I thought he was going to be a little bit more effeminate and precious diva like the rest of the male actors I usually work with. But he wasn't. He was like a guy's guy. He loves fishing, boating, surfing-and competing with Scott [Caan] at any waking moment, because they just fought practically all the time, like brothers. They were very competitive about everything. So it was fun to interact with them.
MF: They seemed to rub skin together more than you and Paul did.
JA: I'm with you. [Laughs] I'm with you. There was actually this one sequence that didn't make it to the movie, but I hope it makes it to the DVD. Obviously, it's so homoerotic. It was like Scott and Paul doing this swim, and then they kind of like did it on top of each other. And they're underwater and they have this really pretty music and stuff. It was very funny. So I had to tease them about that.
MF: You're always kicking ass in your flicks-you never seem to give yourself a break.
JA: You know, I'm with you on that. What's funny is I did the movie after Honey. So it's like I did Honey, Into the Blue, Sin City, Fantastic Four. The movies came out Sin City, Fantastic Four, Into the Blue, just out of random coincidence. I actually thought, in my really delusional mind during the Honey press tour, that I was going to be paid to hang out in the Bahamas and scuba dive for four months. I was like, "That's not a bad job!" So then I realized we're shooting in the winter with wild sharks in every single water scene. Didn't know that. And I thought we were in wet suits. Because if we're real divers we'd be wearing wet suits. But they were like, "It's the summer." I was like, "Oh. In the movie it's the summer? Because right now it's cold." And they were like, "No no. In the movie it's the summer and we already shot footage with the doubles so you have to match that stuff." And I was like, "Oh, OK. So I just don't have a choice. All right. Well." It became a different thing once we did it. But then, the essence of the movie, and why I wanted to do it . . . it was a page-turner. I read the script in 45 minutes. I was at the edge of my seat the entire time, seeing what's going to happen next. And I knew it was going to be gorgeous.
MF: With all the negative buzz on the Internet, were you surprised that Fantastic Four did as well as it did?
JA: No! Because any negative buzz anybody had, they knew nothing about the comic book. They were comparing it to Batman. It's not dark. It's a fun, family comic book. That's the charm of it. It doesn't take itself seriously. It's a little campy. That's why kids can read it and parents can read it and everybody can get something from it. I know most of the reviewers wanted it to be another movie. They didn't understand why Fantastic Four was successful and they certainly didn't know anything about the comic book.
MF: In Into the Blue, you're very self-sufficient, never depending entirely on your boyfriend through the rough spots but handling your own. How much of that was already in the script and how much came from your input?
JA: The end of the movie was when Paul comes in and says, "Sam, it's true. The story!" and then I pass out. I wake up to Paul uncuffing me and carrying me out of the boat. I said to John [Stockwell, director] and the writer Matt [Johnson], "You know, I can do action. I think I'm probably the most experienced person in doing action so, what if we talked to the stunt coordinator and just kind of figured something out for me to do? I mean, girls don't really want to see someone get rescued at the end of the movie. That happens all the time. You got me. I'm good at that stuff." So I literally came up with the action sequence with the stunt guy, and Matt wrote it and they had an action director come in and clean up all of that stuff. So that was me. Before, she was passed out, just waiting for Paul to come save her.