GORGEOUS Hollywood actress Jessica Alba doesn’t feel tied down and boring now she’s a mum. Quite the reverse, in fact – she’s turned into a party animal.
The 29-year-old Sin City star is mum to two-year-old Honor and married to producer Cash Warren.
But there’s nothing of the desperate housewives about her.
She said: “I think I’m a little more wild and free since I had her because once she’s in bed, all my mom friends, we get together and have dance parties at the house.
“It’s really dorky but I probably would have never done that before.
“No, I don’t go out. I hang out with my friends and I’m pretty chill.”
Given she is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful women on the planet, was voted FHM’s sexiest woman in the world and was one of GQ Magazine’s 25 sexiest women in film of all time, it’s surprising Jessica never gets hit on in the street.
She revealed: “I don’t get asked out, ever. I always had a problem with that.”
We were dumbstruck, too. But then, Jessica is a woman of contradictions. Nowadays, she looks the embodiment of good health but her early life was filled with pain and illness.
During childhood, she suffered from collapsed lungs twice and had pneumonia four or five times a year, as well as a ruptured appendix and a tonsillar cyst.
It left her feeling lonely and isolated from schoolfriends, a situation not helped by the fact her dad was in the military and she moved around, attending a lot of different schools.
When she was able to go to school, the other pupils would often tease her because of the equipment she had to use to combat her asthma.
She said: “I would have asthma attacks and I would have a breathing machine that was really loud. And when I would play sports, I would be on the sidelines with my breathing machine.”
Now Jessica is teaching daughter Honor to be accepting of others and has shown those school bullies what she is capable of in a stream of action-packed films such as Fantastic Four and her latest, Machete. It also stars Robert De Niro, Steven Seagal and Miami Vice’s Don Johnson.
Jessica plays Santana Rivera, an immigration officer hunting Mexican outlaw Machete (Danny Trejo).
The film – written and directed by Robert Rodriguez, who directed Alba in Sin City and will do so again in Spy Kids 4: All The Time In The World – has already been dubbed Mexploitation.
It’s filled with gunslingers, bloody fights and scantily-clad babes – including Jessica in a naked shower scene, although she’s quick to point out she’ll never go nude and during filming was wearing undies, which were digitally erased in post-production.
She may be a wild mum at home but Jessica knows where to draw the line. She even got Rodriguez to change her character, who was originally written as a pair of twins who had a “lot more sex”.
She explained: “I just said I’m not very comfortable with that. I’m not very good at that. I get freaked out, I get nervous and I’m just not good with that. So I said, ‘This is an awesome movie and I would love to be part of it but I don’t feel comfortable doing it’.
“He was like, ‘Oh, well, I’ll just re-write it and it will be fine, we will do what you are comfortable with.'”
Often when actresses have families, and some actors too, they seem to concentrate more on making familyfriendly movies – but it doesn’t work that way for Jessica.
As well as Machete, she recently played a prostitute in the extremely dark and violent movie The Killer Inside Me.
She said: “Well, I did Valentine’s Day – that’s very family oriented. And I’m doing Spy Kids.”
And she has also signed on to star alongside Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro in Little Fockers, the second sequel to Meet The Parents.
In the week ex-Bond girl Gemma Arterton claimed she hated being treated like a “piece of ass”, Jessica could also be put into the category of actresses who have to fight to be taken seriously.
Yet in Machete, out in November, she plays a sexy, kick-ass babe – didn’t she feel slightly exploited?
She said: “We wouldn’t be able to talk about the political and social messages that this movie talks about if we weren’t participating in the fun of it being exploitative.”
And she certainly doesn’t see her character as being exploited.
Jessica said: “I’m very proud of where I come from and representing Latin women, especially in this movie, because the women are just as intelligent, dynamic, complex, fierce and vulnerable as the men are.
“Yet we’re still women and I feel, whether it’s a Latin woman or any woman in film, normally we don’t get to be as cool as the dudes. In this, we are.”
Which brings us to whether the film exploits its Mexican themes.
Jessica was born in Pomona, California. Her mum is American, of Danish and French-Canadian descent, while her dad is a Mexican-American who made sure she knew her roots.
She said: “We would always go to Tijuana or Rosita or wherever. Tijuana wasn’t dodgy then, 20 years ago, it was not so bad. My dad just always wanted me to stay connected with that.
“It’s always been a relevant issue, for me and for Robert, because we grew up with that reality and it just happened to be that a state did something really, really foolish and passed a very racist, foolish law. This film has now taken on a life of its own.”
The law she’s talking about is the Arizona immigration law that allows cops to query the immigration status of anyone they stop for any reason who they suspect are in the country illegally. Critics fear it will lead to racial profiling and targeting of Hispanics.
Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria-Parker and Rosario Dawson have joined Jessica in taking a stand.
Jessica said: “There’s no way we can change it if we all just sit back and do nothing, so it’s about engaging and getting people to stand up for their rights.”
It seems this is an actress and mum with a growing attitude.