The Honest Company creator though, admits she was far less thrilled about the physical accolades she garnered as a starlet in Hollywood.
“My sexuality made me very uncomfortable,” she said in the July issue of InStyle. “I remember my first Maxim shoot, they were telling me to pose a certain way, and I was like, ‘Agh! I’m 19. I’m a virgin. I don’t even know how to do that.’ It was so awkward.”
With very intimate roles with movies such as Dark Angel, Sin City and Into the Blue, Alba quickly became known as the screen siren of the action genre. She admittedly didn’t identify with the image that had been placed upon her when she hit 25 years old.
“I sort of went through a life crisis. I was like, ‘This isn’t what I set out to be. I’m so much more than this, but I don’t know how not to be a sex symbol.'”
Alba’s childhood didn’t include the glamour life as she was in and out of the hospital with pneumonia, a burst appendix and asthma among other ailments.
“I was definitely born different,” she said. “I loved to challenge authority. I was a very difficult child to parent. I was hyper. I didn’t sleep a lot. And being sick so often and being in and out of the hospital so much made it hard to form relationships.”
Jessica Alba’s life has shifted into success as she’s established herself as a movie star, mogul, wife and a mother to two daughters. While she’s still running her billion dollar business, Alba is returning to the genre that shaped her career, but as the kind of character the self-proclaimed feminist is eager to play.
“She can hold her own, and she’s tough, and she kicks ass,” she said of her role as Gina in the upcoming Mechanic: Resurrection. “So that’s why I wanted to do it.”