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Jess Alba struggled with 30

Jessica Alba had a really tough time when she turned 30.

The 33-year-old actress is mother to daughters Honor, six, and Haven, who turns three later this month, with her husband Cash Warren. She didn't expect her landmark birthday to be that much of a big deal, but when it rolled around Jessica had a hard time dealing with it.

"I was pretty p**sed off. I don’t know why it was so hard, it just was," she told Marie Claire magazine.

"I was pregnant [with Haven] first of all, and I really wanted to party like a rock star. I didn’t even know I cared about my twenties until I turned 30."

She's past those feelings now and has fully embraced this new decade in her life. One of the things that made it easier is how her appearance has changed, with Jessica feeling she looks the best she's ever done.

"I feel like I look better now. I think I came into my own physically in my thirties, even when I'd had kids. I'm actually smaller now because everything kind of hangs off differently. But I feel more like a woman, with not such a girl face. I had such chubby cheeks," she laughed.

Jessica shows off her figure in a series of poses inside the publication, including one image which shows her in a tight white dress with lace panels.

She's always been known as one of the sexiest women in Hollywood, something Jessica has accepted but doesn't really care about. The star is more interested in her work and has vowed to start surprising with her movies.

"I don’t know if I was ever typecast, I just made very safe, boring choices as an actor and I take full responsibility for that," the Sin City star said.

"It wasn’t the roles it was probably the way I translated them. I was afraid to be fearless and bold. I was young, I was afraid of being criticised, and I wanted to appease everyone."

The star is pleased the film industry is more diverse than it used to be, explaining it feels good to see more women in big releases.

She also touched on her home life, explaining why her marriage to Cash - who she tied the knot with in 2008 - works.

"Immediately we felt like really close friends. I don’t know if that translates into being swept off your feet, as it wasn’t really that; it was more, 'I’m going to this person for the rest of my life because he feels like family already.' And that was even before we started dating," she explained.

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