AceShowbiz - Jessica Alba once slimmed down to lose her curves in a bid to avoid being "preyed upon" by men in Hollywood.
The L.A's Finest actress joined Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow, Taraji P. Henson and Busy Philipps for a panel discussion at the In Goop Heath Summit in Los Angeles at the weekend, May 18-19, where the Hollywood stars tackled a wide range of topics - from gender equality to abortion rights and mental health.
In a candid chat, the "Fantastic Four" star shared how she was encouraged not to wear Pepe Jeans by her family as she was "voluptuous" and had a "booty."
"I was meant to feel ashamed if I tempted men," she explained. "Then I stopped eating a lot, when I became an actress. I made myself look more like a boy so I wouldn't get as much attention," adding that she felt "preyed upon" by men when she was starting out.
The 38-year-old mother of three has been in the business since she was a teenager, and dated now-disgraced actor Michael Weatherly when she was 18 and he was 30. Weatherly allegedly made sexually inappropriate comments to his co-star, actress Elisha Dushku, on the set of "Bull" in 2017.
Elsewhere in the chat, Alba discussed the difficulties she encountered trying to make it in Hollywood, and insisted "there's still so much to go" in terms of diversity and representation.
"Nothing about being successful in this business is easy. And it's really really hard to even think that you have the possibility of being successful, because everyone is shutting every door in your face and telling you why you can't," she continued. "You can't be bitter."