Later this summer, the mother-of-two is appearing in the high-anticipated flick, "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For." Alba returns as lasso-swinging stripper Nancy Callahan in the sexy sequel to 2005′s live-action comic book, co-directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller.
But this time, Alba's character has a little more bite.
"She was more naive in the first film. Ignorance was bliss," the brunette beauty tells the mag. "In this one there's no bliss and no ignorance. I wanted her to transition from being a victim to being someone who's in control of her own story."
The 33-year-old star's outlook on her place in Hollywood as an actress and sex symbol has also changed in the years since the first "Sin City." "I was such a deer in the headlights when I did the first one," she says. "I was so green and just trying to take it all in. I have a fearlessness now that I didn't before."
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