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Thursday 24 April 2014

Jessica Alba: I need close relationships

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba says her career would be nothing if she didn't have "strong relationships" with the people she values most.

The 31-year-old actress has enjoyed a hugely successful movie career and since 2009 has carved herself a niche as an eco-entrepreneur and businesswoman.

The mother-of-two is adamant that despite her work commitments, her family always comes first.

"Having kids, having strong relationships with my husband, my friends, that is my priority. That's what really defines me, not a tabloid or a movie opening or an endorsement," Jessica explained to the British edition of Glamour magazine.

The star has been vocal in her support of Barack Obama's US presidential campaigns and has lobbied congress in support of the Safe Chemicals Act in the past. Jessica explained her reasons for getting so actively involved in politics.

"I was pretty adamant from an early age that my voice mattered and that all women's voices mattered, and that we should participate in every political and scientific dialogue," she continued. "Our kids are being affected by all of these decisions. We should not have men telling us what to do with our bodies, women should be making that decision."

Jessica's support for equal pay and a woman's right to choose are subjects she feels strongly about. She explained her no-nonsense attitude towards her crusades.

"I don't care [if people think I'm another actress with a cause]; my intentions are in the right place. I am not approaching it like an actress, I'm approaching it like a mom, and I just want the best for my family and I feel like all moms do," she explained. "You can't really argue with that."

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