Jessica Alba on her worst physical feature: “Bubble butts run in my family!”

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba covers the September issue of Self magazine, and she mostly uses the interview as a platform to discuss the The Honest Company, which (as we’ve discussed on prior occasions) aims to deliver safe, non-toxic baby and household goods to one’s doorstep for a non-exorbitant price. CB and I were talking about how the service seems like a pretty decent deal, especially for households with one or more chemically sensitive members. Still, since it’s a monthly subscription service, it seems like a bit of a scam by default. Order-as-you-go would be better, I think.

Still, I can’t fault Alba for using her public profile to create a company based upon something for which she feels strongly and for which there is clearly a market. She’s also created a second career for herself, which has also happened at a great time since she doesn’t have much going on with movies these days, and she never really seemed to enjoy acting much anyway. Or rather, Jessica didn’t like being relegated to the roles (basically “the hot chick”) that came her way, and she talked some smack about how objectified she feels in Hollywood. Never mind that she felt the need to get back into a bikini 5 months after giving birth, right? Here’s some interview excerpts:

Jessica Alba

On her main workout routine: “Bubble butts, like my dad and I have, run in my family! To tone up, I do jump lunges and squat jumps. They make me want to vomit, but they’re the best for getting my legs in shape.”

Her nightmare parenting moment: “I found my daughter Honor sitting in her crib, eating these tiny beads from the inside of her diaper. They were all over her face. It was a moment of terror. Thankfully, Honor was OK, but it was so crazy, and I felt guilty afterward. I worried that I’d poisoned my daughter–and these were eco-diapers! I found ones that seemed safer, but they leaked, so I had to use two at once, and they were already so expensive. The more research I did, the more irritated I got. Most parents don’t have time to do all this research–they need a company with products they can trust. I wanted to create that.”

On using her public profile for good: “I can’t think of a better way to spend my work life than on a movie set. But with people following me when I go out and everyone wanting me to endorse things, I thought, I can either go into a cave and hide or use my access to influence something I’m passionate about. So I turned the attention into a positive by offering safe, nontoxic, affordable but high-quality products for families, all from one place.”

On being a business woman: “It’s awesome; it really does feel like this is my third baby. It’s a deep passion of mine and I spend all my time at the office. I think it’s a nice balance to Hollywood because it’s so free and it’s so creative and so much of what you do is in someone else’s hands, essentially and this is something that I could actually control and I could see something from the beginning to the end and there’s something really wonderful and fulfilling about that. Especially when it was so hard to get it going for so long. For it to actually be here and exist is pretty cool.”

Cash encouraged her: “It took me 3 1/2 years to launch The Honest Company. When things didn’t go smoothly, I’d get really upset. I worried that I was wasting so much time and money! But my husband, Cash, would tell me, ‘You didn’t waste anything. Look how much you’ve learned.’ His perspective kept me going.”

[From Self]

You know, I’m kind of tired of bagging on Jessica for her deluded attitude about filmmaking and how she has a history of trashing screenwriters and blaming directors for her less than stellar performances. So unless she says something else that’s particuarly clueless on the topic, I’m going to shift gears and try to view Alba as a fairly astute entrepreneur who knows her market demographic. Isn’t that a weird story about the beaded diaper though? Who ever thought babies need to poop on beads?

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

Photos courtesy of Self

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  1. Jacquelantern says:

    The title is a little misleading.. She didn’t say her butt is her worst physical feature. I think she has a great butt! And why can’t she just use pampers like everyone else? All this fancy non-toxic organic crap is so obnoxious.

    • Danziger says:

      Well. I know a young couple who are using gauze diapers that have to be washed and boiled, but ultimately are so much cheaper, skin-friendly, and of course, don’t pollute nature the way pampers do. I’m not eco-crazy, but I find it commendable that some people do that.
      Of course, I myself was put in gauze diapers, as was my whole generation, seeing as I hail from Eastern Europe, and we simply didn’t have access to pampers-like diapers at the time. Bless the deficit in collapsing Soviet Union. It’s not obnoxious at all, using organic or even cloth diapers. It only becomes obnoxious when a person can’t shut the f-ck up about how organic and environment-friendly they are. I don’t think Alba has crossed that territory yet.

    • atlantapug says:

      I’m no environmental freak but disposable diapers make up 30% of the non biodegradable garbage in landfills in the u.s.
      So maybe we all need to not “just use Pampers” don’t you think?

      • Jacquelantern says:

        Sure, use organic dipaers all you want. The obnoxious part is constantly talking about it. Not everyone can afford such products. I understand it’s her business blah blah blah. I just can’t stand the green organic hipster movement.

    • Ailine says:

      Someone sure feels threatened by diapers! Why shouldn’t she talk about Her business and something that is good for the environment?

  2. Naye in VA says:

    Yea i’d kill for a bubble butt. Sigh

    Anyway, I totally freaked when I saw that stuff coming out of my daughters Pamper. So I bought the wal-mart brand Parents Choice. And they were awesome. and (heads up moms) HALF THE PRICE! And I’m no Wal-Mart junkie by any means.

  3. phoenix says:

    The interview makes me like her more.

  4. commentingbunny says:

    I don’t think the diaper was beaded. Sounds to me like the interior of the diaper had round, bead-like absorbent material. Still a weird story, though. I have difficulty imagining my kids managing to rip open their diapers, and we used eco diapers as well.

    • Jacq says:

      Anyone who has ever seen a diaper burst knows what she’s talking about. The liner of the diaper turns into a gel when it gets wet. If the material inside the diaper rips or tears, the little jelly-like beads are inside. As a mom, I knew exactly what she meant; I’d be horrified, too!

  5. Sisi says:

    wow she’s really working out those smile muscles. too bad her face looks exactly the same in every shot.

  6. morganowski says:

    The “beads” she’s referring to are in almost all top shelf brand diapers. They’re actually chemical beads to absorb moisture (think like tapioca), which is why they can market “12 hour diapers”. My son’s diaper once split open too, and the little clear beads were EVERYWHERE. I was terrified like JA!! For some reason I was convinced he was going to get a chemical burn, which I know is crazy but….you know sleep deprivation does crazy things to a girl!

  7. Sam says:

    Diapers ripping is definitely an issue that many people experience. For some reason, the Overnight diapers have a tendency to rip, allows the absorbent beads to leak out. I discovered this myself by reading reviews and fortunately didn’t purchase them. But it totally happens. Really, if she was looking to be more Eco-friendly, she should be using cloth. I don’t use them for my son, but I’m also not promoting chemical-free materials.

  8. Jess says:

    I was a lifeguard in high school. Damn those stupid beads in the diapers. Their dumbass mothers would bring them in the pool, they would explode, and it would be like tapioca pudding in the water. And the stupid apologies afterward while I cleaned up their baby’s piss mess made me want to slap those women. How could you possibly not know about exploding diapers? So glad that part of my life is over.

  9. Isabella Notarfrancesco says:

    So there you have it, Kim Kardashian. Jump lunges get rid of bubble butts. But in your case you might want to throw in A LOT of liposuction as well.

  10. Memory30 says:

    I can’t stand her first of all she’s a horrible actress and yeah she blames everybody for her shitty movies and second of all don’t you dare on say she has Mexicans roots cuz she is “obviously” Caucasian with an Hispanic last name aghh!!!

  11. MyCatLoves TV says:

    I was about to rant about how much I hate these girls who “complain” about their most horrible feature like: “Oh, I’m so skinny. I just can’t seem to put on weight.” “My legs are just so long.” “My boobs are just so perfect nobody believes they are real.” And “Bubble butts run in my family.” But maybe she wasn’t complaining. I could give her the benefit of the doubt except that this is a gossip site and I’m kindof a b*tch. No benefit of the doubt for you!

  12. Thinkaboutit says:

    She looks like Octomom here. Why are her eyebrows straight across? She’s been tinkering…Botox??

  13. Emma says:

    The “gel” is sodium polyacrylate, a really absorbent polymer. If you rip a diaper open before it is used, you’ll see it starts as a white powder. It is nontoxic and provides a really fun experiment for your kids. Just rip open a few diapers and shake the powder out. Put the powder into a little cup and pour in water, all the water is absorbed! By pouring in salt, the water will drop out of the sodium polyacrylate! The gels is fun and safe for kids to play with :)