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Jessica Alba: 'I could never control my destiny as an actress'

Published 09/09/2016

Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba always used to approach Hollywood as if it were a business, so is grateful to now be able to apply that mindset to her The Honest Company.

Jessica Alba enjoys being in control of a billion-dollar enterprise after being left frustrated by the movie business.

The 35-year-old actress first made a name for herself in television show Dark Angel, before starring in movies such as Into the Blue, Fantastic Four and Sin City. These days though, she's mainly kept busy with her The Honest Company, which has become a billion-dollar enterprise since she founded it in 2011.

Jessica admits her route to becoming a business woman was made a lot easier because of her pragmatic and ambitious approach to working in the movie industry.

"I weirdly always approached Hollywood like a business, but now I have an actual business to put that mindset to," she smiled during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday night (08Sep16). "For me as an actress in Hollywood I was never in control of the marketing, the distribution, the final cut, the edit and so so much of my life was in someone else’s hands. So it was quite frustrating because I like to control things, so to try and control my destiny as an actress… (I wasn't able to)."

With her company's huge financial success, the Fantastic Four actress, who can next be seen in Jason Statham film Mechanic: Resurrection, has different priorities when it comes to choosing her film projects

"It’s different because, it’s more like, ‘Do you wanna go to Thailand and do a fun action movie with Jason Statham for 10 days?’ And I was like, ‘Cool, yeah, sure!’" Jessica explained. "But it’s less dramatic. I just did it and it’s just not as serious for me.

"Before, I was so methodical - I wanted to make sure that it was going to be on a global scale, any movie that I did, and that it was going to be a tentpole franchise and all this stuff. And now, I just want to have fun!"

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