Jessica Alba has admitted that she dislikes being the centre of attention in films. “I’m shy. I don’t like being the centre of attention,” Usmagazine.com quoted Alba as telling Elle magazine. “But when I do comedy, I lose all inhibition and introspection. I no longer care,” she said.
The actress — who welcomed daughter Honor with husband Cash Warren in 2008 — cites motherhood as the main reason for wanting to shift the focus away from herself onscreen. “The time I’m not spending with my kid has to be worth it, so when I sat down with my agents after I was ready to go back to work, I told them: It’s all about the directors,” she said.
“Now I prefer I’m not the lead. it’s a totally different approach — way better,” the actress said. Perhaps Honor isn’t the only reason she’s gunning for less screen time; Alba admits she struggled with criticism she received early on in her career.
“I know I haven’t been swimming in the deep end with some of the movies I’ve done. I wasn’t trying to. I knew what they were,” she revealed. “I’d been so afraid of criticism ever since I was young. Every time I’d get a critique or some redirection, I’d always just take it very personally, but now I have no problem with it. It’s just a chance to try things a different way,” she added.