Jessica Alba reveals she’s been sexually harassed throughout her entire acting career.
The “Sin City” actress, who began her career at age 12, tells CNN’s “Talk Asia” she just “accepted” the fact that being an actress came with sexual harassment.
“I don’t know, I guess you shouldn’t have accepted it, but, as a young actress growing up in the business, you just accepted that that’s the way you were going to be treated,” the 37-year-old says, adding she was harassed “all the time along the way” of her career.
The California-native made her debut as an extra in the 1994 family comedy “Camp Nowhere” before landing lead roles on the TV series “Flipper”. She broke out in late 1990s movies “Idle Hands” and “Never Been Kissed” and admits she probably could have gotten further in her career had she been more compliant when it comes to harassment.
“You could either go this way or that way with it, and do I think I could’ve gotten some opportunities if I would’ve done this versus that? Sure, but for me, that’s just not something I was comfortable with, frankly… I mean, I’ve been doing this since I was 12,” she explains. “Imagine, imagine what that’s like.”
Looking back, the actress tells host Anna Coren she wishes she had more help from female mentors along the way.
“No-one gave me a handout. No-one gave me an opportunity. I had to fight for it, but it would be nice if I had some people who helped me along the way and I didn’t have to fall on my face so much, and it would’ve been also nice to have more women mentor me and help me along the way,” the mother-of-three says.
The actress says it’s “about time” for the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements and she is hopeful the push will lead to more diversity both in front of and behind the camera.
“I don’t know if there’s been that big of a shift yet, but I think people are at least trying and there’s an awareness around it and how imbalanced it really is. I think things have been imbalanced for way too long and I think it’s about time,” she adds.