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Jessica Alba doesn’t fear being typecast

Jessica Alba thinks her Mechanic: Resurrection co-star Jason Statham is better at stunts than most professional stunt artists.

Jessica Alba has no interest in playing stereotypical characters.

The American actress rose to prominence as the lead actress in the television series Dark Angel when she was just 19. She’s since gone on to star in blockbusters such as 2005’s Sin City and the Fantastic Four film franchise, and currently appears in action-thriller Mechanic: Resurrection as Jason Statham’s love interest Gina.

Speaking about the range of different characters she’s played over her career, Jessica revealed she’s always made it a point to avoid being pigeonholed, and enjoyed taking on an action role which challenged her.

“I don’t know if I ever had a fear of being typecast,” she told Britain’s Hello! magazine. “I’ve done comedy, drama, action, comic book movies, so I’ve made it a point to keep the work I’ve done pretty diverse. I thought it was important that if I was going to be in an action movie at this point in my life, I should play a strong character, not just a victim or damsel in distress, but someone who was tough, smart and capable.”

Jessica, 35, jumped on the chance to work alongside British actor Jason too, as she views him as one of the best action stars in the business. Not only did she find the 49-year-old fun and professional to work with, she also thinks that he’s better than most stunt people at performing tricky manoeuvres.

“I mean, what Jason can do with his body is insane,” she smiled.

But despite her reservations about being typecast, one way Jessica would like to be perceived is as a strong woman. The mother-of-two has found success in recent years after co-founding The Honest Company in 2012, a consumer goods company that sells non-toxic household products, and hopes her achievements will inspire young women in the years to come.

“I don’t know if I’ve thought about being a role model, but I certainly wanted to create a business I would be proud of and work at a company that I felt good about. I think we all like to feel we have a purpose,” she said.

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