Jessica Alba: Red Hot Mama for Health October 2013
The mother of two rocked a sexy red dress for the Marc Baptiste-shot spread as she opened up about her former body woes and starting up her Honest brand.
Check out a few highlights from Miss Alba’s interview below. For more, check out Health!
When you started this company, you were already a movie star. Was it daunting to try something completely new?
“There were certainly moments when it was scary. The day we launched, I was like, Is anyone even going to go to our website [honest.com]? Our distribution is mainly the Internet. It took me about three years of people telling me I was crazy and that there's no way it could ever happen before I found the partners who could balance my weaknesses.”
What's your mantra of the moment?
“Breathe. I swear. It's been so hectic. And I've been doing more work in movies and on television lately.”
Is the fulfillment you get through your company different from what you get through acting?
“Oh, yeah. My decisions here affect more than just me. It's a lot of pressure. This is intense. This is important. This is time-consuming. When I do a movie or a television show, I have control over so little of it. So I've found, lately, that it's so much more fulfilling to be a lot more risky with my acting choices.”
People always seem to be trying to lose weight in Hollywood. Has your attitude on diets shifted?
“To me, it's knowing that if you eat unprocessed fresh food—it doesn't all have to be organic, but try to have the least amount of GMOs [genetically modified organisms] and pesticides—you have energy, aren't starving and don't have to count calories. When I'm "dieting," I'm not eating as many snacks—because I love snacks. [Laughs] Popchips, Pirate's Booty—or I could eat a pound of fruit. So I cut down on snacking when I'm trying to be healthy.”
These days, do you feel differently about your body?
“I was a lot more critical of my body when it was probably pretty awesome. It's like, why did I not ever wear jean shorts? That's so crazy. I was so skinny! I didn't have any cellulite...what was I thinking?! I was more willing to wear short skirts after I had my kids. I never wore them before. Ever. I was so self-conscious. But I remember I was 28 or 29, at an MTV award thing, and my girlfriend Kelly was like, "You should wear a short skirt, because you are not going to be this age forever." Now I'm a lot more confident in my skin—because who cares? At the end of the day, it's so much time spent on something that really doesn't matter that much.”
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