Jessica Alba has found massive success with her Honest Company—but one thing she’s tired of is comparisons to fellow actress and entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow.
In an interview with Allure, the actress and Honest Company co-founder says comparisons between herself and Goop founder Paltrow are “unfair” and sexist.
“What I think is unfair is to lump actresses together,” Alba told the magazine. “People aren’t lumping Justin Timberlake and Ashton Kutcher together. They do other businesses. I think it’s expected that when you get success in one area, you’re supposed to evolve and try to do something else – especially in business, and especially if you’re a man.”
In May, Forbes estimated Alba’s share of the Honest Company, which she co-founded in 2011, at over $2oo million.
Even claims of ineffective sunscreen can’t slow Alba down: last week, the Santa Monica-based Honest Company, which produces non-toxic products like diapers and skin creams, closed a $100 million Series D financing deal that brings Alba’s share of the company up to an eye-popping $340 million. That makes her one of the 40 richest self-made women in America (and richer than Beyoncé), according to Forbes.
For her part, Paltrow told Time magazine in June that she found comparisons to Alba and other actresses “slightly misogynistic.”
“People are grasping at straws to tie us together and I get it, because it makes a good story, but I’m slightly offended by this sort of generalization that happens with myself and Jessica and Reese [Witherspoon] and Blake [Lively],” Paltrow said. “Yes, there are similarities. But there aren’t stories in Time written saying, ‘Wow, look at Arnold Schwarzenegger, who did x, y and z.”
In her Allure interview, Jessica Alba also said she is now an actress second and an executive first.
When asked if she felt strongly about acting, she told the magazine, “I did.”
The actress and mother-of-two also explained why she has avoided stripping down onscreen at this point in her career.
“If there’s a role where I feel comfortable doing that, sure,” she said. “It’s just I never felt like being naked was going to make the movie any better. If anything, it was just going to exploit me for no reason.”