Jessica Alba opens up about her decision to walk away from acting after having her first child in 2008, clarifying that she was not running away from Hollywood, but instead looking for healthy and happy family time.
“My mother had cancer at a very young age, in her 20s. I grew up with a chronic disease. I had five surgeries before I was 11 years old. I had chronic allergies and I was hospitalized a lot as a child.” the 39 year old said Mameluke. “I had this real moment of, I want to live and thrive, and spend as much time with this little person that I’m bringing into the world as possible and stay. So my health matters. I want this little person to be healthy. And it’s really very difficult to be happy. when you don’t have your health. “
Having faced health problems at a young age, Alba was inundated with concern for her daughter Honor. Now a mother of three, she maintained that she gained a different perspective on both life and career after having the first one.
“My motivation wasn’t like, ‘Will they ever hire me again?’ Frankly, I was at the top of my career, “he said. “I couldn’t go back to what I was doing before and be authentic. I just couldn’t. I didn’t care in the same way … It was something bigger. I felt like I was going to have this platform, what can I do with it that could be meaningful and making a difference? That felt so real when I first became a mother. “
Concerns for the health and well-being of her children even led to the birth of Honest Company, Alba’s consumer goods brand that offers environmentally friendly and chemical-free cleaning and baby products. It all started with a diaper, which it launched in 2012. Now, the brand has several offerings and a notoriety beyond what you could have imagined. And he recognized how difficult the journey has been.
“Building a brand and building a business is fucking impossible,” Alba said. “And being good at it and having it thrive and expand is really difficult. If anything, I thought, ‘Do I really want to do this?’ It took me three and a half years just to find partners to join me, and I got a lot of rejections. I had to learn how to build decks. At each stage, I try to improve a business person more and more, but it’s a totally different skill set than just take your influence and fame and put your name on a package and go on a press tour, picking out a couple of designs. “
Still, paving the way for entrepreneurial women who have done business as mothers is a satisfaction for Alba. Like motherhood itself, especially during a pandemic, you are finding out along the way.
“The reality of your children will really depend on your perspective and how you approach it in all this madness,” he said.
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