Jessica Alba Opens Up About How Motherhood Changed Her Career

Jessica Alba on Her Life After Kids: ‘They’ve Exploded My Body, and I’m Cool With It’

Jessica Alba recently opened up to InStyle about how having children changed her career path. Alba was interviewed for the magazine’s 25th anniversary issue, sharing that having kids “propelled me to start my business, The Honest Company, in 2012.”

Alba first appeared on the cover of InStyle in June 2007 at age 26. Of that time she said, “Ninety percent of what people understood about me then came purely from magazine articles, press-tour interviews, and blurbs of gossip.”

RELATED: Watch Jessica Alba and Her Adorable Kids Give a Tour of Their $10 Million Home

The next time she was on the cover was six years later and, by that point, her life had changed dramatically — she was married to Cash Warren and had two daughters, Honor and Haven. “For the first time in my life I was really embracing my womanhood. I was in my early 30s, and it had taken up until then for me to feel confident in my body,” she told InStyle’s Laura Brown. She and Warren later had a third child, Hayes, 1.

“I have three children,” she added. “They’ve exploded my body, and I’m cool with it. And I know I’m smart. I don’t care what everybody else thinks. I’m good, girl. I’m good.”

When she wanted to launch her business, Alba acknowledged, “It was very ambitious for an actress who didn’t go to college, but I knew I was good at collaborating, brainstorming, and problem-solving. With Honest, I had to learn how to be a boss. And here’s the thing about good bosses: They enjoy managing all types of personalities and helping people develop professionally. I knew I had that in me.”

Alba has very successfully transitioned from full-time actress to mom, business owner, and actress. “I was an actress first, but that didn’t mean I was incapable of other things,” Alba said. 

She recently launched Honest Company’s beauty line in Europe, the company’s first international launch.

Today, Alba is perhaps better known for her role with Honest. “Even my kids didn’t know I was in the entertainment industry because I took a step back from it once they could walk, talk, and be in the world,” she said. 

Alba continues to balance business and motherhood, as well as acting. She recently filmed a show called L.A.’s Finest with Gabrielle Union, which was just renewed for a second season.

About Mamas Uncut

Mamas Uncut is the place for moms online. We cover the latest news around motherhood and parenting, plus entertainment news as well – all with a mom-focused twist. Looking for parenting advice? We have plenty of it, all for moms, from moms. Our mission is focused solely on empowering moms and moms-to-be with the knowledge and answers they’re looking for. We don’t stop there though, we have expert advice on a range of topics, and all of our categories get updated multiple times a day, so if there’s one website for moms you need to bookmark, it’s Mamas Uncut. We cover it all, from the latest and trendiest baby names, in the US and all over the world, to advice for moms in the workplace, or mom to mom advice on balancing it all. Looking for an answer to a specific question you’ve have? Head over to our new answers section, where you can ask questions on a nearly endless amount of topics, and you’ll get answers fast – really fast. Mamas Uncut is more than just the place for moms, it’s the community of moms – all here to help, make friends, and more. Not sure where to start? Take a look at one of our key topic areas like Pregnancy or Relationships – if you’re looking for advice on a specific topic, there’s a pretty good chance that we’ve already written on it (a few times), or that it’s within our answers section. If you don’t have time to read the site every day, we also have a newsletter that you can control how often you want to receive – that way we send all of the must-see content for moms directly to your inbox – it’s that easy. So go ahead and take a look around, ask a question, or just keep reading, we’re glad you’re here.

Leave a Comment