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Alba: I was pretty wild

Jessica Alba's dad wanted a son so she acted like one growing up.

To her fans, the actress appears to be a real girly-girl and is often snapped looking gorgeous at red carpet events and fashion shows.

However, the 33-year-old had to act as a substitute for a son until her younger brother Joshua came along.

"I was my father's first child and he actually wanted a boy," she laughed to German magazine Joy.

"So he raised me like one! I was pretty wild; I climbed trees and played out action scenes with my Barbies."

Now Jessica and her husband Cash Warren have two daughters of their own - Honor, six, and three-year-old Haven.

The girls are already showing signs of very different personalities.

"Haven is pretty tough, like me. But Honor is a proper girl," she smiled.

"I'm from a huge clan and am the oldest of 15 cousins. I got so much love in my family, I really wanted to pay that forward."

Jessica juggles motherhood with her busy movie career, appearing in films such as Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and Barely Lethal. She also runs The Honest Company and can't imagine ever giving it up to be a housewife.

"In my family, the women hold the reigns," she explained. "My mom is a real warrior, so stoic. I always wanted to be as strong as her."

And while people might expect life in the Alba household to be glamorous, Jessica laughs off the idea.

"It's only the media that calls me a sex symbol. We don't take any notice of that at home," she said.

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