Alba lands the role of Sue Storm (Invisible Woman) in the big-screen comic-book adaptation Fantastic Four. While shooting the film, Alba meets director's assistant Cash Warren. The two start dating in January 2005. "He's amazing in every way, shape and form," Alba later tells PEOPLE.
Alba draws a lot of unwanted attention when she attends the MTV Movie Awards in a flowing green dress that becomes see-through with the camera's flash. "That was a nightmare," Alba says. In July, she stars in Fantastic Four, but the hopeful blockbuster is a box-office disappointment. "Comic book fans didn't think I was blonde enough for the part," Alba tells EW. "But most of the blondes in Hollywood aren't really blonde either."
Alba receives top billing in the deep-sea thriller Into the Blue. Though the film gets mediocre reviews, audiences give the bikini-clad Alba high marks. "It's not always so great to be objectified, but I don't feel I have much of a choice right now," Alba tells London's Observer. "I'm young in my career. I know I have to strike when the iron is hot. I look forward to the day when I can do a small movie and act and it's not about me wearing a bathing suit or chaps."
Alba appears on the cover of Playboy wearing a bikini, although she never posed for the magazine. The magazine used a promotional shot from Into the Blue. She threatens to sue Playboy for using her picture without her permission. Hugh Hefner apologizes for the confusion and contributes on Alba's behalf to Keep a Child Alive and Until There's a Cure.
Alba dons her Sue Storm costume once again for Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, which opens at No. 1 and grosses $57.4 million during its opening weekend. Alba tells PEOPLE of her costume, "It was uncomfortable, like wearing pantyhose everywhere." Next up: the Dane Cook romantic comedy, Good Luck Chuck, slated for September.
Alba and boyfriend of three years, Cash Warren, announce they're expecting their first child. "I feel super-blessed," Alba tells PEOPLE. Weeks later, Alba, who stars in The Eye, announces her engagement to Warren. The soon-to-be parents quietly wed in a Beverly Hills courthouse that May.
Alba, 27, and husband Cash Warren, 31, welcome a baby girl named Honor Marie Warren. "I don't want to be my child's best friend; I want to be a mom," Alba said weeks ago of her parenting style. "But I do want my child to come to me when they have problems and need to talk, so it's going to be about treading that line."
Mere months after Alba gave birth to baby Honor, the 27-year-old actress shows off her body-after-baby in the 2009 Campari calendar. "I'm usually walking around in comfy clothes, with a baby on my arm," says Alba, "and it's nice to dress things up and feel sophisticated, sexy, and surrounded by so much beauty."
Alba reaches the top of the box office as Ashton Kutcher's ladylove in the star-studded romantic comedy, Valentine's Day. "Honor is the best cure for stress," the actress says of juggling motherhood and work. "When I spend time with her, I get instant perspective." In the coming months, she continues to light up the screen with turns in the drama The Killer Inside Me, the action flick Machete and the hit comedy Little Fockers.
Alba and Warren welcome their second child, a daughter named Haven Garner. "Big sister Honor couldn't be more excited about the new addition to our family," the actress, 30, writes on her Facebook page of giving her 3-year-old a baby sibling. "I can't thank you enough for all of the wonderful messages you sent me today."
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