#MeToo: Jessica Alba Says She Was ‘Preyed Up’ While Growing Up in Hollywood
It was a #MeToo moment for Jessica Alba as she spoke about growing up in Hollywood and being ‘preyed’ on by men
Jessica Alba said she was preyed upon by men while growing up in Hollywood. Speaking at the Goop Health Summit organised by fellow actor Gwenth Paltrow, Alba said being scrutinized as a child impacted even what she wore and what she ate. Alba made her debut when she was just 12-years-old – she appeared in Sin City and the Fantastic Four franchise. Recalling her earlier days, the 38-year-old said her family members discouraged her from wearing Pepe jeans because she had a voluptuous body. Alba said she was “meant to feel ashamed if I tempted men.”
This led the actor to stop “eating a lot.” “When I became an actress, I made myself look more like a boy so I wouldn’t get as much attention,” she told the audience at the event. Further, Alba said she felt “preyed upon” by men in her early years in Hollywood. “Nothing about being successful in this business is easy.”
“You can’t be bitter,” she added.
When the #MeToo Movement began, Alba said last year that it was a long time coming. Speaking to CNN, she said was sexually harassed all the time as a young actress. "Of course I have [been sexually harassed],” she said. “All the time along the way. As a young actress growing up in the business, you just accepted that that's the way you were going to be treated. I mean, I've been doing this since I was 12. Imagine what that's like,” she added.
Alba said she avoided being on Harvey Weinstein’s accuser list. His company produced her 2005 film Awake. "I never was ever alone with him in any jobs that I did. I was with groups of people and it was always at premieres and things like that, so I was never in a situation where it was just one on one.” Alba has been married to Cash Warren since 2008 and shares three children with him. She was previously engaged to her Dark Angel co-star Michael Weatherly – 12 years her senior. They called off things in 2003. Weatherly was accused of sexually harassing Eliza Dushku – who played his love interest in 2017 movie Bull.