updated 11/04/2010 AT 6:00 PM ET
•originally published 11/05/2010 AT 8:30 AM ET
Jessica Alba is a bonafide sex symbol, but that doesn’t mean she enjoys being everyone’s focus.
“I don’t like being the center of attention,” Alba says in the December issue of Elle magazine.
The actress, 29, considers herself “shy,” but says because of her acting career, she’s been able to break out of her shell. “When I do comedy, I lose all inhibition and introspection,” she explains. “I no longer care.”