Jessica Alba Talks About Identifying with Her Latin Heritage
Here is what the 33-year-old actress had to share with the mag:
On the importance of race to her identity: “It’s always been the same. I’ve always felt closer to being a Latina than anything else, because I grew up with my dad’s family, who are Mexican American. I never really identified any other way. But I think that today it’s less and less about having to identify with one race and holding on to that completely. I mean, my kids are African American and Caucasian on their dad’s side, and Latino and Caucasian on my side.”
On the Latinas she admired when she was growing up: “I grew up in Southern California, where Latin culture is just everywhere. I mean, I still love mariachi music! I looked up to Jennifer Lopez. She is someone who broke through barriers, a powerhouse. You know: I could be a dancer, singer, actress, entrepreneur—I can do all of it. And Daisy Fuentes too. What she did with her platform was incredible. It took the rest of the country a second to catch up to Latinas in the United States being mainstream.”
On the differences between her business and her movie career: “Having a company that’s making the world a better place is a life calling. Performing has also been a life calling, but they’re so different. It takes a completely different side of my brain to do one versus the other. But I’m truly very proud of The Honest Company.”
Also pictured inside: Jessica out and about on Thursday (September 18) in Santa Monica, Calif.
FYI: Jessica is wearing a Black Orchid Denim tunic and Ella Moss pants.