When it came to reviving her character Nancy from the Sin City saga for the latest chapter Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, leading lady Jessica Alba had to crack the whip. Quite literally, in fact. In the upcoming sequel, her down-and-out character (a rage-filled, alcoholic stripper, to be exact) has traded her lasso for a bull whip, and that required the actress to learn how to use the dangerous weapon and look good doing it. Cue … Beyoncé?

During her visit to Conan on Tuesday night, Alba said that when she was filming those scenes in particular, “I had to look cool … I was trying to channel Beyoncé.” Host Conan O’Brien quickly quipped, “We’re all trying to channel Beyoncé!” (Hey, he’s not wrong.)

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While Alba noted that she took a couple of lashes while using the whip in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (“I whipped myself a couple of times in the face!”), you’d never be able to tell. The gorgeous actress looked downright stunning during her appearance, trading her bad girl Sin City look for a clean, classic white dress, black stilettos, pinned-back hair, and a lovely ear jacket from Jacquie Aiche (above).

Watch the full interview, including Alba discussing—much to the horror of O’Brien—how her hubby, Cash Warren, actually turned down giving her post-work massages, below.


Plus, click here to see 100 of Jessica Alba’s best looks ever!