Jessica Alba said she was very “calculated” when she got her start in Hollywood. In an interview with Shape magazine, the 34-year-old actress said she wanted them to treat her like a guy.
“I’ve always been business-minded. I approached Hollywood like a business,” the 34-year-old actress said. “I was very calculated. I wanted to be treated like a guy.”
“I wanted to put asses in seats. I saved my money, invested wisely and marketed myself. I’ve been building my own personal brand over time.”
Now Alba owns 15 to 20 percent of “The Honest Company,” an “eco-friendly” and “non-toxic” business worth $1.7 billion.
In September, Alba was hit with a $5 million class-action lawsuit claims that in March, The Honest Company removed half of the zinc oxide from its sunscreen formula, but continued to market it as SPF 30. (RELATED: Jessica Alba Hit With Lawsuit After Company’s Sunscreen Left Kids Badly Burned)
She credits her parents with making her tough.
“I was on a swim team, and I was chubby and slow and dead last—a full two laps last. I was crying and couldn’t breathe. My mom and dad were like, ‘You started this, you’re going to finish it!’ My parents made me stick to stuff, pick myself up. It’s painful to go through, but I appreciate that tough love.” (PHOTOS: Jessica Alba’s Smoking Maxim Cover Is Sin City)