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Thursday 18 December 2014

Jessica Alba: Husband needs a man room

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba says her husband Cash Warren copes with being surrounded by women by escaping to his "man room" when things get too much.

The pair tied the knot in 2008 and have since had two daughters together.

Jessica says Cash was incredibly supportive throughout her struggle to get her book The Honest Life published.

The 31-year-old beauty has joked Cash copes with living in a female-dominated house by retreating to his own curtained-off space when things get too much.

“I had lots of doors shut in my face, which forced me to get behind the idea in a genuine way. I would cry, tell Cash it wasn’t possible; I was crazy. And he would say, ‘Well, approach it differently. What can’t people wrap their heads around?'” Jessica explained to NET-A-PORTER magazine. “[Cash needs his man room and will shout] 'I’m in my man room!' [When he needs to escape]"

Jessica decided to write The Honest Life as a way to correctly represent herself. Although being predominantly about lifestyle, the actress shares anecdotes about her friends and family in the book. She wanted to correct any past misinterpretations of herself that may have risen from old interviews she's given.

“I think that’s why certain people get into social media, because it’s like, ‘Here’s my voice,’” she agreed. “It’s funny to read a past interview version of [me]. It’s so frustrating, I’m like, 'But that’s not...' It’s a misrepresentation, but I’m aware it doesn’t really matter. I can only control what I can control. I know who I am and so does my family.”

As well as her flourishing career as an author and businesswoman, Jessica plans to continue her successful career in Hollywood. She is reprising her role as Nancy Callahan in the Sin City sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which she says was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for her.

“I just finished the best movie I’ve ever done,” she gushed. “It was so opposite to what I do [at home]. My approach to acting now is so different – I’m fearless because I have nothing to lose. Before [children] my identity was wrapped up in every decision – now, I don’t care. It could be a pile of rubbish and you could think it was the worst thing you ever saw, but I still had the best experience.”

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