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Jessica Alba on Powerful Women

"[Women] don't necessarily need a man to save us. We will save each other." Jessica Alba spoke to Brut about powerful women and teaming up with Gabrielle Union on the new series "L.A.’s Finest." 🚓

Jessica Alba Breaking Television Stereotypes

Nearly 20 years ago, Jessica Alba became famous thanks to her part as a genetically enhanced super-soldier in the series “Dark Angel.” In 2019, she’s breaking stereotypes with Gabrielle Union, as a “badass” LAPD police officer in the series “L.A.’s Finest.” In the U.S., 21% of the 100 top animated TV series featured casts with more female than male characters according to the data group Women and Hollywood. Jessica Alba further explains, “I think it's important for people to be able to see women doing this. You don't typically get to see women kick ass and crack jokes. And if they need to be saved or if they're being vulnerable or having a moment, we do it with each other. We don't necessarily need a man to save us. We will save each other, and I think that's actually refreshing.”

In the U.S., Only 6% of the most prestigious TV posts — CEO, CCO, president — are held by women. “I think a Hollywood just quickly reverted to what it's comfortable with and you just don't get to see a lot of stories like this being told, with women at the center of it,” Alba adds. As actresses, we have to resist this stereotype of how Hollywood wants to see women. And I think it's because Hollywood has typically been run by men and the way that they shape and mold female characters or even edit you is you have to be much more one note and appropriate to serve their male dominated story.

Jessica Marie Alba is an American actress and businesswoman. She began her television and movie appearances at age 13 in Camp Nowhere and The Secret World of Alex Mack, but rose to prominence at 19, as the lead actress of the television series James Cameron produced Dark Angel comic adaption, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination.

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07/08/2019 8:57 PM
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85 comments

  • Chayan C.
    07/08/2019 21:11

    It is not necessarily to yourself , it necessary to save man.

  • Chayan C.
    07/08/2019 21:15

    Rojjer Faddere.

  • Brut
    07/08/2019 21:16

    "L.A’s Finest" was renewed for a second season in June. For more on the "Bad Boys" spinoff: https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/bad-boys-spinoff-la-finest-173021200.html

  • Damani D.
    07/08/2019 21:57

    Women are nuts dont need a man want to do as men do Wtf god made the sexes different for a reason and be there for each other smh

  • Peijal M.
    07/08/2019 23:00

    Oh ya women really understand women ... I’m seeing that all around me.

  • Judith L.
    07/08/2019 23:25

    Loved Dark Angel

  • Bornin D.
    07/09/2019 00:42

    Who promote those kind of thinking....I believe if we live in a world who give everything the value Wich deserve ,you will not find genius and intellectual intelligent people hides and attacks by the foolish people whom serve the propaganda of stupidity and ignorance..... what a paradox fact ... The nature of co existence between man and woman are the same but people became materialistic ....the famous of today are fake no movies no music no art only stupidity and audacity.

  • Ernesto G.
    07/09/2019 00:49

    Well thanks Jessica for encouraging the idea I'm actually useless and worthless to any potential female just probably because you can have any man you want.

  • Ernesto G.
    07/09/2019 00:51

    Jessica all your doing is telling the lesbians they've had it right the whole time

  • Jay G.
    07/09/2019 01:16

    Original Cindy was my fav from Dark Angel

  • Michael W.
    07/09/2019 01:47

    WTF do ladies mean when they say they dont need a man to save them? So we should tell firemen to ignore all ladies in buildings? do paramedics stop helping ladies? Or do these women just use the catch phrase as a stupid way of saying that they can do things alone, no shit sherlock. ladies have been doing things on their own for decades, im 52 and my mother is a self made millionaire thru real estate back in the 80's, she was single the whole time and did just fine for herself, maybe someone needs to explain to us Normal people when the fuck women became dis empowered? when did women become second rate humans? i spent my whole life surrounded by successful women in everything I did, so maybe these ladies who cry this shit, really just need to stfu and focus on doing it yourself instead of crying about it.

  • Ernesto G.
    07/09/2019 05:48

    So basically all us men can be lonely and women can help each other and we're just not needed ??

  • Cary L.
    07/09/2019 11:52

    Wow! Where has she been, I haven't seen or heard of her in almost 10 years.

  • Amy H.
    07/09/2019 13:58

    Love Jessica Alba ❤

  • Jesus H.
    07/09/2019 14:01

    Asu esta hermocicima

  • Tico G.
    07/09/2019 17:06

    This page should changed their name to “Leftist”

  • Luis L.
    07/09/2019 18:19

    Did she actualy say she’s a woman of color 😂 what brown ?? Her mom is white and her dad is Mexican 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • Rista L.
    07/09/2019 19:57

    hi

  • Dial H.
    07/09/2019 20:00

    Too much nice

  • Farid M.
    07/10/2019 00:15

    Sometimes I feel shows like cagney and lacey, policewoman, Charlie's angels, Mary Tyler Moore, Murphy brown, murder she wrote, bionic woman etc don't get the accolades they deserve for breaking ground, paving the way back then. These had female leads too, in the 70s, 80s no less. It's as if these shows never happened.