November 9th, 2010
09:42 AM ET
Have some constructive criticism for Jessica Alba? Fire away. The actress tells Elle magazine for their December cover story that she can take it.
“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,” Alba said. Nowadays, though, she has “no problem with it. It’s just a chance to try things a different way.”
And if those criticisms are about her choice of roles, Alba wouldn’t disagree.
“I know I haven’t been swimming in the deep end with some of the movies I’ve done,” she said. “I wasn’t trying to. I knew what they were.”
When it comes to her craft, Alba has noticed something about “good actors," she says. They “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."
That last quote may be the one that causes Alba to draw on her ability to withstand critique. Screenwriter John August ("Charlie's Angels"; "Big Fish") has responded to Alba’s statement that good actors go off the script if they don’t have “amazing writing” in a blog post titled, “Oh, Jessica.”
“I have to believe she was misquoted, or excerpted in some unflattering way,” August begins. “Oh, Jessica. Where to start? … Following your logic, you’ve never been in a movie with both good actors and amazing writing. That may be true, but it might hurt the feelings of David Wain, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller."
Additionally, August notes, "You’re saying your co-stars who delivered their lines as written are not 'good actors.' Awkward."
August then concludes, “Screenwriters can be your best friends. We are pushovers for attractive people who pay attention to us. I wrote that bathtub scene in 'Big Fish because Jessica Lange made brief eye contact with me. So if you’re not getting great writing — and honestly, you’re not — ask to have lunch with the screenwriter. I’ve seen you on interviews. You’re charming. That charm could work wonders.”
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