Jessica-Alba-prude-entertainment-weekly.jpgAfter steamy stripper roles in Sin City, and now Sin City: A Dame to Kill For as well as having topped innumerable Most Hot, Most Beautiful, and Sexiest Women lists and polls for over a decade, actress/model Jessica Alba has recently come forward declaring that she’s actually “a prude” in her personal life. In an Entertainment Weekly interview while discussing the part of Nancy Callahan in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Alba acknowledged, “Sex is absolutely what helps sell this movie, which is fine with me. I’m also playing a character when people are taking pictures of me. That’s what I do, but it is not who I am.” Throughout her journey as an actress, she claims that interviewers would always ask her provocative questions about her sexuality. “Sometimes I would lie and say something that wasn’t true to make myself seem more interesting than I was. I mean, I didn’t even know how to walk in heels until I went to the Golden Globes for the first time.” This revelation is in line with what she has expressed in past interviews. Jessica, for example once admitted, “I have to go to certain lengths to use sexuality to my advantage, while guiding people to thinking the way I want them to.” That being said, she always adheres to a no-nudity clause, and more than once has set the record straight that she never resorted to the casting couch to procure a job. Most recently, she said, “I’m kind of a prude. I never slept my way through Hollywood, so I never felt like I compromised. Apparently people do it, I didn’t. I felt like I never compromised myself because I’m a prude.”

The fact that anyone in Hollywood feels like they have a right to ask an actor about his or her sexuality is concerning in and of itself; in what other job would that be acceptable? With that in mind, somewhere along the line, these kinds of questions could be directed at you. It would be wise to give some forethought as to how you would prefer to answer them. Jessica felt the need to lie, and she’s probably not alone. After all, what if being honest might compromise the pace of your career? Indeed, if Freud is correct, everyone is preoccupied with sex; so it would behoove you, as an actor/actress to be adept and confident in handling any questions concerning sexuality that might impact your career. And the more prepared you are, the more cognizant you are, the less awkward and potentially damaging these encounters are likely to be.

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