Jessica Alba on Acting: F— it. I Don’t Care About this Business Anymore


Since the birth of her daughter Honor Marie with husband Cash Warren, Jessica Alba ,29, has been balancing work with motherhood, and being extremely selective about the former.

The time I’m not spending with my kid has to be worth it, so when I sat down with my agents after I was ready to go back to work, I told them: It’s all about the directors.”

And although she’s been in a lot of great movies and has even more in the works, including a role in Ben Stiller’s “Little Fockers,” she admits that things weren’t always so good.

“I remember when I was dying in ‘Silver Surfer,’ the director was like, ‘It looks too real. It looks too painful. Can you be prettier when you cry? … Don’t do that thing with your face. Just make it flat. We can CGI the tears in.’ ”

That event and being directed to read the lines and just “look pretty,” actually made her question her talent and consider giving up acting.

It all got me thinking, ‘Am I not good enough? Are my instincts and my emotions not good enough? Do people hate them so much that they don’t want me to be a real person? … And so I just said, ‘F— it. I don’t care about this business anymore.’”

However, now that she’s a mother, Jessica says that she is also more resilient to criticism and makes her choices a lot more carefully.

I have made, since I’ve had my daughter, a concerted effort to concentrate on the filmmaker, first and foremost, and the role and the story. Before, my priority was very business-driven and business-oriented, and now it’s about evolving as an actor more than anything,’ she said.

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