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Chatting With… Jessica Alba!

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We were really happy that Jessica Alba agreed to sit down with us for an interview. It was our way of extending an olive branch to her and an opportunity to apologize in person for the hurtful things we said in the past.

We gotta admit… we were really nervous and awkward and it wasn't easy, but we're so glad we did it!

And, we're very happy we got to chat with Alba about her awesome new entrepreneurial endeavor, Honest.com, helping families and health-conscious individual by providing organic and healthy products that we all need and use!

Read some excerpts of our chat with Jessica… after the jump!

And watch our interview in full above!!!

P.S. We were surprised to learn she does her own laundry and that of her family! Super mom!

Perez: Hey everybody, it's Perez, joined Jessica Alba. And I'm very happy you're hear today because children brought us together to talk about — and I'm also I'm excited you're hear because it gives me an opportunity to say in person I'm sorry I was a big old douche bag in the past, and yeah that's that.

Jessica: Okay.

Perez: I was, and — but you know kind of like children, I was maybe like childish but I think I've grown up now, and I'm definitely trying to be a more positive person. And I love that you have launched this new thing to be more positive, and help families and kids. It's called "The Honest Company". And you want to tell us a little bit about that?

Jessica: Yes. Well, [watch the video above for the rest on this].

Perez: And you're, you're a mom too now, and what prompted you to go ahead and start a company about it?

Jessica: Well really it came out of necessity. This company needed to exist. I did — I had a huge sort of a-ha moment when I was pregnant with Honor. And I did a lot of research. You know you try do the research, and find the best cribs, and –

Perez: Good nutrition and all that jazz.

Jessica: Yeah, and what's recommended for the best stroller, and the safest car seat, and all these things. And when you're doing that, it's like my mom was like, "Oh you're supposed to wash the kids clothes in this laundry detergent that's meant for babies, and then you have to get this tearless shampoo, and you know that's what you have to do." And so I did, and I washed — when I was pregnant, I washed Honor's clothes, and blankets, and stuff in this detergent and –

Perez: You washed it yourself? You washed — you don't have somebody wash clothes for you?

Jessica: No, I wash them myself. So I — so I washed it. And then I broke out into this rash with this baby laundry detergent. It had like such a strong perfume.

Perez: Oh wow.

Jessica: And I was sneezing, and I had watery eyes, and I was like, there is no way I am allowing this near my baby, that's insane. So I looked at the box, and the ingredients, and it just, it didn't really tell you what was in it so much. And then it just said fragrance. And then I did research, and I found out that there are tons of toxic chemicals in products that are gear specifically towards babies and household products. There's tons of toxic chemicals in them from like your laundry detergent, to counter spray, to dish soap. And even the pH levels that are in dish soap, dishwasher fluid are so high, it's like liquid Drano that you're putting on your baby's bottles and it leaves a residue. And I was like, this is so nuts. And I was like, there's got to be a better way. So I would go online and try to find the best eco products, and then I'd go to like the best grocery stores to get the best eco products. And I was like this is expensive, and it's time consuming, and everything is brown and beige. It's like a healthy thing like anyone else, but I'm not a brown and beige girl. I like color, and design, and fun things. And my daughter would reach for the one with the princesses on it, and she was like bummed out about her brown diaper, and her friends had the pretty ones.

Perez: Your daughter cares about the kind of diaper she wears?

Jessica: We do, kids are att — you know that's what they're in all day.

Perez: That's awesome.

Jessica: You know that's what they're in all day.

Perez: That's awesome. Its, they start at a young age being fashionistas.

Jessica: They do, they do. Well it's also just more appealing to the eye, and more stimulating. And so I was like there's got to be a company that has cute products that are safe, and nontoxic, and that are affordable, and that are easy to get to?

Perez: And there really weren't any then?

Jessica: There's not one company that does it. There's like a company that just does good shampoo, and there's a company that just does like good laundry detergent, and then a company that just does good diapers. But there wasn't one company where you could get everything.

Perez: Is this something that you always were thinking of like five years ago? You were really successful then. You're like I want to do more than just act?

Jessica: Not really.

Perez: No?

Jessica: It really just came out of me being frustrated, and wanting this to exist. I wanted to buy a diaper that was non-toxic, and wasn't going to hurt my kid, that actually worked and was genuinely healthy. And I wanted to when I bought something that was eco; I didn't want it to be eco because the packaging was eco. I wanted what was inside of it to be good, and eco for my kid.

Perez: How long did it take you from having this idea to like where you've launched?

Jessica: Like three and a half year, like almost three and a half years.

Perez: Three and a half years?

Jessica: Yeah. Lots of doors closed in my face. Lots of people saying, "I don't know if people are going to really care about this, or I don't know if you can do all these products, or I don't know if people will really buy stuff online." But all my friends buy stuff online; certainly things like this. And even my friends that aren't moms buy a lot of stuff online. And so I think that is the new way with young people, that's where we are.

Perez: So right now, the Honest Company, it's just online?

Jessica: Its only available online — and which is great.

Perez: Which is a good thing because that means everybody can have access to it.

Jessica: Yeah, it's like you don't have to live next to a Sprouts or a Whole Foods or a Trader Joes to get great products. And it also leaves less of a carbon footprint because we're just shipping from our manufacture straight to our warehouse, and then directly to you.

(Clip)

Perez: Wait, we got to talk some movie questions. Shall we?

Jessica: Okay. [Watch above for the rest.]

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22 comments to “Chatting With… Jessica Alba!”



  1. 1

    Clearly the worst actress on the planet! She is a nothing



  2. 2

    So, like are these products, like, available, like for like, the average person, like, who lives, like, on an average salary, like?



  3. 3

    I don't normally praise Perez, but I have to say this was a proud moment for him. It really does take a big person to face someone they've hurt and truly apologize. It also takes a big person to face their enemy and accept their apology, so good on Jessica too!

    I didn't watch the whole video (sidenote: Perez, please work on your interviewing skills. I'm sorry but you're really hard to watch!) but honest.com seems like a great idea!



  4. 4

    Jess looks lovely and I like the company. P, you're really hard to watch, you need to work on it. What's the song in the beginning anyone knows?

  5. Wheel says – reply to this


    5

    You used to rip on her all the time. I actually have more respect for you now and believe you've changed.



  6. 6

    how far she has fallen to even acknnolwedge a low life bully like you. you hated on her every day for years. she wasnt latin enough for you..she didnt shove it down our throats like you shove gay down our throats every day. so you bullied her….showed her in a bad light every chance you got.

    i cannot believe her people let her even acknowledge your existence. big mistake managers.



  7. 7

    you should change that to "ADVERTIZING" with Jessica Alba!!! you should warn people the whole fucking conversation is a hoax in order to make people watch here advertizement/product awareness program!!! so low, so scummy, so deceiving, so you, Perez!



  8. 8

    SHE should appologize for talking sh*t about Albuquerque - F-her. She is a fake Latina, we would never welcome her back here.



  9. 9

    She has some pretty cool stuff.



  10. 10

    BRAVO!!!! I think it showed growth, strength and maturity on both your parts. I don't fault Perez at all…it IS awkward apologizing, etc.

    And what did people want her to talk about? This company is what has been going on with her and I'm so impressed. I didn't know there wasn't a go to place for those safe products. If I should be so blessed and have a child, I'm happy to know that her company is out there.



  11. 11

    I really thought that companies like this existed, good that Alba helped creating one.
    I didn't know about perez bulling her, she's adorable, a bad actror, but adorable. What did perez have to say about her? Maybe too jealous of her beauty?



  12. 12

    WOW, just knowing she sat down with such a hateful cruel bully as YOU has instantly made me lose respect for her - wtf, Jessica! He's a fucking EVIL TOOL, why on EARTH would you give him the time of DAY???



  13. 13

    That's an apology? Jesus, if you were half the man you claim you are, you'd make the apology proportionate to the filth you spewed about her.

    Perez, seriously, you're pathetic. You're a critic without talent. You scrutinise other people's contribution, but slating it and dragging it down to the gutter you dwell in. I seriously hope I see the day when this kind of pathetic existance based on soul-less scorn is over and you're back in the twilight you crawled from. You genuinely make me nauseous.



  14. 14

    I went to check previous posts on alba… OMG
    You were more than cruel, how can she stands next to you?? I think she is there to catch a hair of yours and do vudo with it…



  15. 15

    Re: WowzaChild – The song is "Starry Eyed" by Ellie Goulding.

    As for the interview, this is my first time seeing Perez in action. Definitely not going to be back for anything if I can help it. Jessica looks awesome and has that fun sparkle in her eyes! Go get 'em with The Honest Company, Jess!



  16. 16

    Re: WhyAmIDoingThis – Thank you!



  17. 17

    i missed the bit where u said sorry for the whole latina thing she must be a very forgiving person she always seems like a nice woman so this is kind of proof that she is nice ..shes also got a amazing figure for 2 kids

  18. @v@ says – reply to this


    18

    Never agreed in any way with how you treated her. She has a forgiving heart. I hope you're putting your money where your mouth is and not charging her for this ad for her business.



  19. 19

    You SHOULD have thanked her for not punching you in the eye. I will never believe you to not be a bully. You have money and go on lavish trips with your mom, all paid for by being a bully. I would believe you if you donated the money you made or a very large portion to like a kids help phone service or something..but no..all Perez says is "I'm sorry I was a big old douche bag in the past, and yeah that's that."



  20. 20

    Re: CaliCoyote – Aww are you mad you caught your boyfriend jerking off to pics of her?

    Re: karlitas – Both of her parents were born in America, she was born in America. Her heritage is not Latin. Gay celebrities constantly go "yay gay and proud" black celebs constantly go "yay black ppl go" hispanics the same way, just because she doesn't ride the whole minority train doesn't mean shit



  21. 21

    I think Jessica's new business venture sounds good but I can't help but wonder if she is truly that concerned. Isn't she a Revlon or L'oreal spokeswoman? Non of that makeup is eco friendly or safe for your face/hair.Take a look at some of the ingredients in them. She always talks about how her daughter loves putting on her make-up but if I were her, so concerned about the products her kids put on their skin,etc. that would be the last thing I would let them do!



  22. 22

    Looked back at what you said over the YEARS about Jessica. Wow, really bad. She is not a good actress, but she never deserved your hate. Your apology is weak. You are lucky she was a woman enough not to kick your ass. Team Jessica!