Jessica Alba Jokes That Her Three Kids Have ‘Exploded My Body, And I’m Cool With It’

by Angela Andaloro

Jessica Alba has been an actress for 25 years. It’s been a long and fascinating career for the 38-year-old actress.

Despite the fact that she’s enjoyed a lot of success and appreciation, acting isn’t at the forefront of her mind. Before anything, Jessica is mother to three children she shares with husband Cash Warren. Her children, 19-month-old Hayes Alba, almost 8-year-old Haven Garner, and 11-year-old Honor Marie haven’t seen their mom in the spotlight much. Instead, they know her as a businesswoman.

Jessica cofounded the Honest Company back in 2012 with the goal to make baby products that were nontoxic, beautiful, and affordable.

Since then, the Honest Company has grown into an all-around household consumer goods company. Jessica reflected on all of the changes in both her professional and personal lives when posing for InStyle‘s upcoming 25th anniversary issue. She first graced the magazine’s cover in June 2007. In the article, she discusses how her mindset has changed in the years between then and now.

Jessica Alba’s career has taken some interesting turns in the 25 years that she’s been acting. She reflects on her journey while appearing in InStyle‘s 25th anniversary issue along with other past cover stars.

In the article, Jessica discusses the ways her mindset has changed from the first time she appeared in the magazine in June 2007 to now. Despite the fact that she’s always been an undeniable knockout, she definitely struggled with insecurity in her early career.

“I was 26 when I landed my first InStyle cover, in June 2007. It made me feel like I had finally arrived,” Jessica recalled. Although Jessica already had a decade in the industry under her belt, she was still trying to define herself.

“I was still trying to figure out how to be in the public eye and have ownership over who I was,” she explained. “Ninety percent of what people understood about me then came purely from magazine articles, press-tour interviews, and blurbs of gossip.”

By the time she shot her next InStyle cover six years later, things had changed pretty significantly for her. She had married Cash Warren and given birth to their two daughters, Honor Marie and Haven Garner.

“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,” Jessica recalled. She was into feeling good for herself instead of for the approval of others.

Her life had also changed because her kids inspired her to start a business. “With Honest, I had to learn how to be a boss,” she says. “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.”

The Honest Company became such a big part of Jessica’s life that acting kind of fell to the wayside. “I’ve actually met a surprising number of people over the years who know me only from Honest,” she revealed. “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. It wasn’t until recently that they were like, ‘Wait, why are you on a magazine cover? That’s awkward, Mom.'”

Jessica’s gotten back into acting recently. She’s starring alongside Gabrielle Union in L.A.’s Finest, a spin-off from the Bad Boys film series. “We are two self-aware women of color playing police officers who are kicking ass and cracking jokes,” Jessica says of the show, which just got renewed for a second season.

Jessica’s come a long way from 2007, and she knows it better than anyone. “Looking back, when I shot my first InStyle cover, I was insecure,” she explained. “I felt like I needed to be someone I wasn’t in order to be accepted. I allowed other people’s ideas of who they thought I should be to define me.”

Today, she’s a much more self-assured woman. “Who am I now? I give zero [expletive],” she says proudly. “I have three children. 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.”

The smallest of those three children is 19-month-old Hayes Alba. Jessica shot an InStyle cover just seven months after giving birth to him. “[I]f I had been younger, I probably would have been obsessed with dieting and exercising, but instead I thought, ‘This is where I’m at. This is my life. And this is my body,'” she recalls of the shoot.

Life as a mother, businesswoman, and actress seems to be going very well for Jessica. She’s far from the uncertain place she talks about being in for the first half of her career. “Nothing about being successful in this business is easy,” she recently noted at the Goop Health Summit in Los Angeles, per MSN.

“And it’s really really hard to even think that you have the possibility of being successful, because everyone is shutting every door in your face and telling you why you can’t,” she says, looking back. “You can’t be bitter.” Clearly, Jessica didn’t let the naysayers get in the way of the life she’s always wanted.