Jessica Alba existed in “survival mode” during her childhood amidst her family’s money troubles.
The 41-year-old actress said she was appalled that her parents lived ‘paycheck to paycheck’ and called the grind ‘bulls***’ who pushed her to make sure her children didn’t would not face the same difficulties.
She also called out the lack of diversity in Hollywood, calling Marvel “very Caucasian.”
The mum-of-three told Glamor magazine’s latest issue: “I grew up in survival mode. It was almost kind of what I was born into.
“My parents didn’t have a safety net, they lived paycheck to paycheck.
“They were just like, ‘Here’s your life.’ And I was like, ‘Those are *** bulls. I want a better life than this.
Jessica added that she was not expected to do better and escape financial drudgery.
When she started out as a child actress, Jessica faced more hurdles as she suffered from chronic allergies, pneumonia, and partially collapsed lungs.
Jessica, who shares children Honor, 13, Haven, 10, and Hayes, four, with her 43-year-old film producer husband Cash Warren, 14, added that she was often labeled “exotic” in because of his Latin origin.
She quipped: “Even if you watch the Marvel movies – that’s the biggest driver of fantasy and what’s happening right now in entertainment, because it’s kind of the family thing – it’s is still pretty Caucasian.”
Moving on to her feminism, the ‘Sin City’ actress added, “Fifty percent of the population are women, but if 90% of the people in charge don’t look like us, they will continue to do the same.”
Read her full interview in the July/August digital issue of GLAMOR UK online now.