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Don’t Ever Ask Jessica Alba to ‘Cry Pretty’

Writers were peeved at Jessica Alba after her recent statement to Elle that good actors never use the script, but now that Alba's full interview has been published, directors may have a bone to pick with her too. The actress blames many of her underperforming movies on "first-time directors," though Fantastic Four helmer Tim Story bears the brunt of her ire; according to Alba, his direction during an emotional scene almost made her quit acting. "[He told me] 'It looks too real. It looks too painful. Can you be prettier when you cry? Cry pretty, Jessica.' He was like, 'Don't do that thing with your face. Just make it flat. We can CGI the tears in.'" Said the newly self-doubting Alba: "And then it all got me thinking: Am I not good enough? Are my instincts and my emotions not good enough? Do people hate them so much that they don't want me to be a person? Am I not allowed to be a person in my work? And so I just said, 'Fuck it. I don't care about this business anymore.'" [PopEater]