Her low point was when her director told her she was ugly when she cried: â€œI wanted to stop acting,â€ Alba says. â€œI hated it. I really hated it.â€ Actually, it was the lack of acting she hated. â€œI remember when I was dying in Silver Surfer,â€ she says, referring to the 2007 Fantastic Four sequel in which she plays a woman who alternates between being invisible and wearing a spandex catsuit. â€œThe director was like, â€˜It looks too real. It looks too painful. Can you be prettier when you cry? Cry pretty, Jessica.’ He was like, â€˜Don’t do that thing with your face. Just make it flat. We can CGI the tears in.’ And I’m like, But there’s no connection to a human being. 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, â€˜F-ck it. I don’t care about this business anymore.’â€
… says Jessica.