Jessica Alba Opens Up on Sexism She Experienced Early in Acting Career

The 'L.A.'s Finest' actress found it frustrating that men were usually called 'smart' while women were often considered 'aggressive' when expressing their opinions.

AceShowbiz - Jessica Alba was exposed to sexism while starting her career in the entertainment industry.

The "L.A.'s Finest" star reveals people in Hollywood didn't take her seriously when she was starting out and she would often dream of being "treated the way (she) saw men being treated" on movie sets.

She says, "I always wanted to be treated the way that I saw men being treated. Men were told, 'Oh, you're really smart' if you have ideas about the character or the story, where for the women it was like, 'What? You have an opinion?' It was like you came off as aggressive, where a man just looked really assertive and powerful."

"I think attitudes about strong women were quite oppressive in a lot of ways when it came to women having an equal standing."

Eventually, Jessica racked up an extensive on-camera resume and started her own business in 2012 in the form of The Honest Company.

Asked when she felt most empowered in her career, the star admits she had to "allow" herself to feel that way.

She adds, "For a long time, I felt like I didn't deserve it. Trying to reach a goal is one thing, but giving myself the space to be successful and acknowledge that, or even giving myself the space to feel intelligent, was hard."

Jessica's company went public in May (21) and, as her brand continues to grow, the Sin City actress hopes she will continue to be seen as "fearless and hardworking."

She tells People magazine, "I hope people know that my heart's in the right place. I feel so fortunate that I've had these incredible people come into my life and stick around even though I can be kind of annoying and relentless. But, I don't know, we get to create pretty cool memories together."

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