U.S. ELLE magazine December cover star, mother, wife, and Ben Stiller,s costar in this month’s Little Fockers is poised to remake her image as Lucille Ball.
Everyone from her director Paul Weitz to Dustin Hoffman says she’s going to pull it off.

Check out FAME sneak peek of ELLE magazine interview and photo shoot with Jessica Alba:

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.

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.
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.
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.

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.

To read the full interview, and see all the photos from this shoot, in the December issue of ELLE U.S.
By Howie Kahn
Photos by Carter Smith