Jessica Alba goes from A-list celebrity to boardroom mainstay

Jessica Alba on acting versus running a business
Jessica Alba on acting versus running a business   

Chances are Jessica Alba would honestly tell you that becoming a businesswoman has been no easy feat.

Alba, who co-founded The Honest Company with entrepreneur Brian Lee, discussed the challenges she faced turning her dream of selling all-natural products straight to consumers into a reality. Among them was getting used to the relentless pace of the business world.

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"I actually appreciate being an actress now more than ever," Alba said in an interview at The New York Times DealBook conference. "Being in business is so stressful. Board meetings are so long and raising money...it's like pitching a movie all the time."

Still, Alba admits that her celebrity status and familiarity with entertainment moguls was a huge advantage when getting The Honest Company off the ground. An appearance on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show, for instance, helped Alba's company sell out of an eco-friendly baby crib "in five seconds," Alba said.

But her prior career as the star of films like "Fantastic Four" and "Good Luck Chuck" also has its downsides.

"The flip side is that people think it's an endorsement," Alba said. "They don't know that I came up with the ideas."

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