How Old Was Jessica Alba as Hip-Hop Choreographer in Honey?

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In February 2016, “Honey” actress Jessica Alba looked almost regal in a long white gown at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.

Jessica Alba wears her hair in curls at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar PartyJessica Alba wears her hair in curls at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party held on February 28, 2016, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills

The then 34-year-old actress donned a white long-sleeve Roberto Cavalli gown that featured a plunging neckline and front slit.

Jessica Alba styles her white Roberto Cavalli gown with a wide black beltJessica Alba styles her white Roberto Cavalli gown with a wide black belt

13 years earlier, she made her international breakthrough as aspiring dancer-choreographer Honey Daniels in the 2003 American dance film Honey.

The Dark Angel actress was 22 years old when Honey was released on December 5, 2003. Inspired by the life of choreographer Laurieann Gibson, for a long time, it was believed Alba got the role following Aaliyah Dana Haughton’s death in a plane crash on August 25, 2001.

Jessica Alba as hip-hop choreographer Honey Daniels and Mekhi Phifer as her boyfriend Chaz in HoneyJessica Alba as hip-hop choreographer Honey Daniels and Mekhi Phifer as her boyfriend Chaz in Honey (Credit: Universal Pictures)

However, the film’s director Bille Woodruff has made clear that Aaliyah was never supposed to play Honey Daniels in the film.

“That’s incorrect. It was supposed to be Beyoncé. That’s been widely reported but it’s incorrect,” she told Rated R&B about the Aaliyah rumors in a June 2020 interview. “She couldn’t do it because of her touring schedule for her first album Dangerously In Love.”

Jessica Alba was 21 years old when filming Honey as aspiring dancer-choreographer Honey DanielsJessica Alba was 21 years old when filming Honey as aspiring dancer-choreographer Honey Daniels (Credit: Universal Pictures)

Filming of Honey started in Toronto, Canada, in September 2002 and wrapped two months later. While the film is set in New York City, it was almost entirely filmed in Canada.

Jessica’s own dog, Sid, made her film debut in Honey. Her four-legged friend died in 2017 after living a long life.

Born on April 28, 1981, in Pomona, California, Jessica Alba was 21 when filming Honey. She turned 22 on April 28, 2003.

Jessica Alba at the premiere of Honey held at the Chelsea West Theater in New York CityJessica Alba at the premiere of Honey held at the Chelsea West Theater in New York City on November 24, 2013 (Credit: WENN / Vallenilla)

“Six hours of training for 3 ½ months is what I did. I took beginner’s ballet and beginner’s jazz and then I had to learn how to do hip-hop, which is really fast, and hitting things, and looking cool,” Alba told Black Film about taking dancing lessons to prepare for her role.

Jessica Alba carries a Jimmy Choo clutch while showing off her legs in a floor-length Roberto Cavalli gownJessica Alba carries a Jimmy Choo clutch while showing off her legs in a floor-length Roberto Cavalli gown

At the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, she styled the custom-made gown with a black ribbon belt, a mirrored metal clutch from Jimmy Choo, a bold David Webb necklace, and a statement-making pair of “Tribeca” sandals by Brian Atwood.

Jessica Alba's feet in gold platform Brian Atwood sandalsJessica Alba’s feet in gold platform Brian Atwood sandals

How do you like Jessica’s 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party ensemble?

The “Tribeca” leather platform sandals have unfortunately sold out. They feature six-inch (150mm) self-covered heels and 1.25-inch (30mm) covered platforms.

Brian Atwood Gold 'Tribeca' Leather Platform Sandals Brian Atwood Gold ‘Tribeca’ Leather Platform Sandals, $950

Credit: WENN / Dennis Van Tine / Future Image / Adriana M. Barraza

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