As one of Hollywood’s most business savvy actresses, Jessica Alba’s brand has expanded far beyond making movies, The New York Daily News writes.
“I think right now is a great time for female entrepreneurs,” Alba, 33, told Glamour magazine in an interview for its June issue.
The actress has founded The Honest Company, which promotes and sells eco-friendly, natural and health-conscious family and home products.
“I’ve learned that until you can prove that your business works, it’s only an idea. You have to know your stuff,” she tells Glamour.
Jessica, who is happy mother of two daughters and who is married to Cash Warren, also revealed that her many health issues as a child motivated her to seek a healthier future for her family.
“I had so many health issues, and come hell or high water, my kids were going to be as healthy as possible,” the “Honey” star said. “My life was tough as a kid. I was so lonely. And I felt really disconnected from my friends because I spent so much time in the hospital with grown-ups, and felt like a weirdo. It’s a strange way to spend your time as a kid. All you want to do is play.”
The Hollywood actress beliees that her upbringing played an important role in her achieving the goal of starting her own company. Alba also cites her mother’s strong stance on work ethic and independence.
“Where I was from, you had to answer to a man if he was the breadwinner,” the star says. “My mom told me that didn’t need to be the case for me — I didn’t need to rely on a man. She taught me how to hustle. I was determined to be financially independent. So I started making my own money when I was 12 (with acting). That was freedom.”
Another thing Alba has taken control of: how much clothing she’ll take off for the camera.
“I don’t want my grandparents to see my boobs,” she said. “That’s it. It would be weird at Christmas. And, I mean, really, if you look at the movies I have done, getting naked would never ‘elevate’ the picture.”
Last year Alba published a book exploring sustainable living further, titled The Honest Life. The actress said she got into natural living after the birth of her daughters Honor and Haven, aged five and two respectively.
“It’s really hard to find baby products that use non-toxic chemicals that mothers can trust,” she explained in a previous interview.
“Major corporate brands that label their products “eco-friendly” or “non-toxic” are usually referring to the way they make their packaging, not their product.”
“Last night, Ms Alba and Mr Warren left their little girls at home as they attended the Met Ball in New York together. Ms Alba opted for a shimmering golden lace gown while her husband rocked a tuxedo and white bow tie,” The Daily Mail reports.