Published August 08, 2011
Jessica Alba got her first big break in Hollywood when she was just a tender thirteen years old, starring in the Disney flick "Camp Nowhere." Her husband Cash Warren also works in the entertainment industry as a film producer. But the pregnant Alba absolutely does not want her daughter Honor Marie, 3, nor her future offspring, to follow her child star footsteps.
"I was a child actor and it worked for me, given the circumstances I was in, but I'm lucky enough to give my daughter and my second baby a completely different life and an education that I never had the opportunity to have," Alba told FOX411's Pop Tarts while promoting her forthcoming family film, "Spy Kids: 4D," which hits theaters August 19. "When they're done with college, if they want to get into the arts, that's fine. I think you will be a better artist the more life experience you have, but I wouldn't encourage them to work in this type of environment as children."
Alba said part of the appeal in getting onboard Robert Rodriguez's "Spy Kids" franchise was being able to make a film that she could actually allow her daughter to watch.
"I was definitely excited [about doing] a movie that my daughter can see, for sure. That definitely inspired me to do this movie in particular," she continued. "But it's not like I only want to do family and kids movies from now on. It's just nice to have one that my daughter can watch."
Alba's character Marissa attempts to balance her roles as a secret service agent and a stepmom, but so far, in real life, the work/life balance hasn’t been Alba’s forte.
“It’s hard. On the weekends is when my husband and I make a concerted effort to just not email or text, but really spend our time with our daughter and be completely, 100 percent focused on her," Alba said. "During the week, it’s here and there, depending on if I am busy with meetings or not. It’s a little bit different now, because she’s in school. It is tough, because I do care about my career. I do have that, but she’s my number one priority. If she’s not doing okay, nothing matters.”
And as she awaits baby number two, Alba is feeling a little more accustomed to her ballooning belly and the ins and outs of pregnancy.
“It’s not as scary or daunting. It’s definitely less uncomfortable,” Alba said. “There’s nothing bizarre about what I crave. It’s watermelon, really. I could have watermelon at any moment.”
And as she expands her family, Alba is also focused on expanding her empire.
"I'm working on developing a TV show and a movie idea. I'm also working on a baby brand," Alba revealed. "I'm used to working on sets almost 12 months out of the year; I did that for 10 years. Now that I have free time, I'm expanding into different areas."
There is however still one on-screen childhood dream Alba has yet to fulfill.
"I lived in my head a lot as a kid, which is probably why I wanted to be an actor. I was sick a lot, in the hospital by myself," she added. "I spent a lot of time wanting to be Superman. That was one of my obsessions."
A female Superman? That one may take a few more meetings.