before she was due on the front row – could be an entirely different being to the Alba of previous interviews. In those, she variously comes across as flip and frustrated, or girlish and effervescent. True, she is often described – with a tone of surprise – as having beauty and brains, but it’s clear this opportunity to speak for herself is an important one.
“I think that’s why certain people get into social media, because it’s like, ‘Here’s my voice,’” she agrees. “It’s funny to read a past interview version of [me]. It’s so frustrating, I’m like, 'But that’s not...' It’s a misrepresentation, but I’m aware it doesn’t really matter. I can only control what I can control. I know who I am and so does my family.”
In fact, Alba is more pragmatic than most about the less-appealing flipside to fame, readily acknowledging it is a necessary element of supporting the industry. “You remember, ‘OK, I’m just selling a movie that’s opening this weekend.’ Then it has perspective. You can’t turn your back on the things that make your business successful.”