Jensen Ackles Says Jessica Alba “Was Horrible” To Him On “Dark Angel” And He’s Told Her So
It seems that MiserAlba is making a brief resurgence in our lives, and not because she’s pissed that another one of the Honest Company’s products was accused of not being all-natural again. Jensen Ackles says in a new podcast that when he worked with Jessica Alba back in the 2000s on her sci-fi series Dark Angel, she was a huge asshole to him. But don’t worry, we’re not talking Joss Whedon-level, more like angsty teenager-level. And this isn’t going to be some revelation to Jessica since he’s already told her to her face.
Dark Angel is a perfect example of the peak of late-90s early 2000s sci-fi action drama. And there was drama on-set too. The series was here and then it wasn’t, only running from 2000 to 2003 with Jensen joining in the second season. This is when Jessica’s torment allegedly began. Speaking on Inside of You With Michael Rosenbaum, he tells actor and podcaster, Michael Rosenbaum, about how being a teen heartthrob on a hip, young-people show in the early aughts wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Jessica was around 20 years old when she worked with Jensen, and he says she was dealing with lots of pressure at the time and was in a shitty relationship with co-star Michael Weatherly who is 13 years older than her. And she took it out on him because he was new. via Yahoo!
“No. She was horrible,” Ackles bluntly replied, claiming he’s “told this to her face… I love Jess, which I know kind of contradicts what I just said… She was under an immense amount of pressure on that show. She was young, she was in a relationship with [co-star Michael Weatherly] and that was rocky and causing some undue stress, I believe, on set.” Ackles said he “was the new kid on the block and I got picked on by the lead.”
But again, this isn’t an HR complaint come too late, Jensen says it was more like “the worst kind of bickering a brother and sister could do.” But honestly, as someone with a sibling, that means shit could probably get worse.
“She had it out for me… It wasn’t that she didn’t like me. She just was like, “Oh, here’s the pretty boy that network brought in for some more window dressing because that’s what we all need.””
After wondering “what the fuck” he did, Ackles decided to fight “fire with fire.”
“So I just was like, ‘Oh, looks like we’re getting b**** Alba today… everybody hang onto your nuts,'” he recalled, claiming the crew “loved” the banter. As for how Alba felt, Ackles thought she was like, “OK, now I can just be a dick to him and he’ll be a dick to me and that’s how we’ll roll.” Ackles said his approach “did build some mutual respect” and that they even hung out in a “platonic” way.
But just like siblings, there’s love amid the seeming hatred. In fact, Jessica consoled Jensen after his grandfather died.
“My grandfather died while I was shooting and she literally just walked into my trailer and held me for a half an hour,” he shared. “So it was that kind of a relationship. And again, if she walked in we’d be all hugs. But she didn’t make it easy on me on set.”
Jessica and Michael Weatherly broke up in 2003. He went on to be accused of sexual misconduct on his series Bull and was such an alleged creep to Eliza Dushku with “rape van” jokes that she got paid out almost $10 million from CBS.
And I’ll say that we should blame Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling for this! They allegedly bullied Jessica first when she guest-starred on Beverly Hills 90210 in 1998. It started with them and continued to Jensen. Now, Jensen just needs to work with Jennie and Tori, so he can give them a hard time. Then the circle of on-set bullying will be complete.