Jessica Alba discusses motherhood, Mexican heritage
6 April 2016 Entertainment News
Fourth Estate Staff
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Jessica Alba talked about her career, motherhood and her Mexican heritage in a recent interview with Parents Latina magazine.
The co-owner of The Honest Company shares two daughters with her husband Cash Warren. The actress first talked about her children possibly having a much more difficult time identifying as Latinas. The mother of two shared, "I grew up around my Mexican-American grandparents. My grandmother was an incredibly strong woman a great influence on me. I was also surrounded by tios [uncles] and tias [aunts] at a lot of family events. My kids don't have same constant proximity."
However, she did say that she makes sure that her two daughters know where they came from and that they get to spend time with their relatives. They do not get surrounded by the same people Alba grew up with and the actress also revealed that they have different cultures in their home.
Accordingly, the culture involves learning about several languages and communities from all over the world. Honor, 7, and Haven, 4, are able to speak Spanish, Alba shared. She added, "They know how to ask for besos [kisses] and leche [milk]. They are going to be global citizens and will need to understand many languages, including Spanish, to make a difference in the world."
As for what she wants to pass on to her daughters, Alba shared that her heritage is all about family as it is what always comes first for her. She noted that respecting one’s self and the elders is something she would also like to pass on to her daughters.
Alba then talked about her career. When she was asked if she ever thought about giving up on her dream of being a businesswoman, she shared, "When your initial pitch is rejected as much as mine was, the thought of giving up altogether crosses your mind. Fortunately, being an actress prepares you well for rejection. I had to be patient to get that ultimate 'yes.' If I believe in something, one 'yes' is worth a million no's."
She also gave advises to mother saying that they should not be too hard on themselves and still take care of their bodies.