Jessica Alba appeared in an interview with PEOPLE and spoke out against widespread sexism in Hollywood.
Alba revealed, "I always wanted to be treated the way that I saw men being treated. Men were told, 'Oh, you're really smart' if you have ideas about the character or the story, where for the women it was like, 'What? You have an opinion?'”
She continued, "It was like you came off as aggressive where a man just looked really assertive and powerful.”
The 40-year-old state that in Hollywood it was, “quite oppressive in a lot of ways when it came to women having an equal standing."
However, the Fantastic Four actor felt “empowered” after she let herself feel that way.
The actor added, "For a long time, I felt like I didn't deserve it. Trying to reach a goal is one thing, but giving myself the space to be successful and acknowledge that, or even giving myself the space to feel intelligent, was hard.”