Jessica Alba

Miramax Films

The Into the Blue and Sin City (above) star began to re-evaluate her priorities after the birth of her first child, she told Romper in 2021.

“My mother had cancer at a really young age, in her early 20s. I grew up with chronic illness. I had five surgeries before I was 11 years old. I had chronic allergies, and I was hospitalized a lot as a child,” she said. “I had this real moment of, I want to live, and thrive, and spend as much time with this little person that I’m bringing into the world as possible and stay. So, my health matters. I want this little person to be healthy. And it’s really freaking hard to be happy when you don’t have your health.”

She added: “I couldn’t go back to what I was doing before and be authentic. I just couldn’t. I didn’t care about it the same way.”

That doesn’t mean she stopped working: She founded the consumer goods business The Honest Company in 2011, and as of 2022 it was valued at $550 million.

The good news is, she’s mounting a comeback: Alba will reportedly star in the upcoming Netflix thriller Trigger Warning. Welcome back.

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