Alba went on to appear in two national TV commercials for Nintendo and J.C. Penney, which led to her landing a recurring role as the young snob, Jessica, in three episodes of the Nickelodeon comedy series. Under the tutelage of her lifeguard mother, Alba learned to swim before she could walk and was a PADI-certified scuba diver – skills.
- 1990 Family settled in
- 1992 Started studying acting
- 1993 Feature film debut "Camp Nowhere"
- 1994 Played recurring role on the Nickelodeon series "The Secret World of Alex Mack"
- 1995 TV series debut in regular role of Maya Graham on the syndicated revival of "Flipper"
- 1996 Starred opposite Freddie Prinze Jr as his pregnant girlfriend in the ABC Afterschool Special "Too Soon For Jeff"
- 1998 Starred in the children's comedy "P.U.N.K.S"
- 1999 Acted alongside Drew Barrymore in the comedy "Never Been Kissed"
- 1999 Had featured role in the horror thriller "Idle Hands"
- 2000 Breakthrough role as the genetically-engineered super-soldier, Max Guevara, on the FOX series "Dark Angel"; executive produced and co-written by James Cameron
- 2003 Starred as a hip hop dancer in the feature "Honey"
- 2005 Cast as
Nancy, the sweetheart of Sin City, opposite Bruce Willis and Mickey Rourke in Robert Rodriguez's " " Sin City
- 2005 Cast as Sue Storm/Invisible Girl in "Fantastic Four," an adaptation of the Marvel Comics classic
- 2007 Played a lovable but clumsy penguin trainer, opposite Dane Cook in "Good Luck Chuck"
- 2007 Reprised role of Sue Storm in the superhero sequel "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer"
- 2008 Cast in the supernatural thriller "The Eye" a remake of the
Hong Kongthriller Jian Gui
- 2008 Co-starred with Aaron Eckhart in the dark comedy, "Meet Bill"
- Appeared in national advertising campaigns for Nintendo and J C Penney
- Appeared twice (in different roles) on the CBS medical drama "Chicago Hope"
- Moved frequently in the first nine years of her life; lived in
Biloxi, Mississippi, Southern California and Texas