Jessica Alba corrects 'good actors never use the script' quote
Image Credit: Nick Harvey/WireImage.comBack in November, Jessica Alba was quoted by Elle Magazine saying, “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.” Some folks took offense, including screenwriter John August (Big Fish), who responded on his blog, “I have to believe she was misquoted, or excerpted in some unflattering way … Oh, Jessica. Where to start?” Some other bloggers even piled on.
In a recent interview during the promotion of Little Fockers, Alba clarified her remarks and criticized Elle for doing just what August had insinuated. “There was an article written recently where I was completely and totally paraphrased and things were taken out of context and mushed together,” Alba said. “It was a four-hour interview that got condensed into a page and a half for a fashion magazine … Basically I was [really] saying that I didn’t have the courage and didn’t really understand how to bring my own thing to the table and I would never veer away from the script, ever, no matter what. Even when actors would go off book, I didn’t know what to say.”
So there you have it. Alba actually over-appreciates writers, John August was quite astute for suspecting a contextual disconnect, and EW bloggers are willing to say, “I’m sorry,” when they’re high on snark.
So: I’m sorry, Jessica Alba.