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By Molly McGonigle
Jessica Alba has come a long way from her skimpy bikini movie days. Now a mother and wife, Alba is ready to trade in her beach- and action-obsessed characters for funny roles, like this season's "Little Fockers." Alba talks to ELLE about becoming a mother, overcoming her shyness and who she looks up to in the comedy world.
On her acting hiatus when she got pregnant:
"I had been working straight since the age of 12. And it was just so clear that there was something more important out there."
On being a leading lady:
"Now I prefer [when] I'm not the lead. It's a totally different approach -- way better.”