Finding Time for Family
Weekends are absolutely sacred to Alba and husband, Cash Warren. "We spend time, like, really intense time, on the weekends. We don't e-mail or text or anything when we're with our daughter on the weekends. It's time just for family," Alba said. The family can often be found hanging out at their backyard pool and having barbecues. "We're lucky enough living in southern California that the weather is pretty nice so we can do that."
Preparing for Baby No. 2
Alba's second baby should arrive this summer, and the star plans to use HypnoBirthing techniques for pain management during labor. By drinking plenty of coconut water and staying hydrated, she's trying to prevent the low fluids she had when pregnant with Honor. The baby's nursery will be a blend of new, customized and recycled furniture and decor, she said.
Alba On Parenting
With a playroom in her trailer, and an apartment close to the set, Alba gets lots of time with Honor while she's filming. "It's what I've been doing since she was 4 months old."
Alba makes sure her daughter knows she's loved, it's a page in parenting inspired by her own mother. "We were her no. 1. I never felt like I wasn't loved or I wasn't a priority in my mom's life, and I think that's important."
The most important value she wants to instill in her children is respect, "respect for her elders, respect for other people and respect for herself," Alba said. "That's just something that's nonnegotiable," she said. "Certainly, where we live, we see a lot of different kinds of parenting, and different types of kids. and we see our fair share of kids that don't treat adults right and don't treat other people right."
Similarities Between Alba and 'Spy Kids' Character Marissa
"I'm doing the best I can, and she's doing the best she can," Alba said. "She fumbles around a lot more. She has a lot more on her plate because she has two stepkids that don't really like her that much and are kind of critical of her." Marissa is also hiding a big secret from her family -- her alter-ego as a spy, Alba said. "Luckily, I don't have to hide anything from my family. I don't have stepkids that hate me. It's easier for me to sort of make mistakes and figure it out as I go."
Working with Director Robert Rodriguez
In her third movie directed by Robert Rodriguez, Alba calls the Texan filmmaker a friend and inspiration. Upon Honor's birth, Alba struggled with how she would be able to return to acting. His advice to the then new mom: "You just have to find balance; you have to really, like, enjoy every moment and time's going to fly. You're a career person and you're a creative person. If you deny that side of you... in the long run, it's going to hurt you because you're not being true to yourself," Alba recalled. It's advice that also inspired the character of Marissa in "Spy Kids."
"Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D" opens Friday, Aug. 19. The movie is in 4D and is rated PG. The Weinstein Company recently announced that Alba will voice the part of "Lena" in "Escape from Planet Earth," an animated family feature due out in 2012.
Photos of Jessica Alba in "Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D" courtesy of Dimension Films.