The HONEY actress was so desperate to play the part of stripper NANCY CALLAHAN, she convinced Rodriguez to let her transform herself from a dark Latina to the naive blonde - but the film-maker made her prove her acting ability.
Rodriguez left Alba to create her own sexy lasso dance all on her own - and she happily accepted the challenge.
The 24-year-old says, "He just said to me, 'Did you ever see Salma Hayek do a snake dance in my film FROM DUSK TIL DAWN?' I told him I did, and it was the sexiest scene I've ever seen.
"He said, 'Salma did not need a choreographer for that - and neither do you.' So I was left to rehearse myself, stripped down to my underwear, in front of the full-length mirror in my hotel room.
"I thought, 'You asked for this role: now show that you can do it.'"27/06/2005 09:30