September 2nd, 2010
05:22 PM ET
Jessica Alba’s turn in “Machete” – which opens in theaters tomorrow – certainly won’t be her first time teaming up with director Robert Rodriguez; the 29-year-old actress has also worked with the filmmaker for “Sin City” and “Spy Kids 4.”
But "Machete" is nonetheless a change of pace for Alba because she's playing a Latina in the movie - a role she's avoided in the past.
"For me, I never wanted to reinforce any stereotypes about Latin women, and that was why I've shied away from Latin characters I've been offered,” Alba, who is half-Mexican, explained to USA Today. “Most of them reinforced the stigmas. The women whom I grew up with are intelligent, strong women, and unless I read a woman being portrayed that way in a film, I didn't want to play it.”
Her character, Sartana, is an immigration and customs enforcement officer that Alba describes as “an intelligent, fierce, independent woman.”
“There's enough people that will reinforce those stereotypes, and I didn't need to participate in that,” Alba told the paper. “This woman is just as fierce as the men, and so I'm proud to bring that to life and put that imagery in people's heads."
Alba said she’s grown even more aware of the types of characters she plays ever since she had her daughter, Honor Marie, two years ago with husband Cash Warren, 31.
"I have made, since I've had my daughter…a concerted effort to concentrate on the filmmaker, first and foremost, and the role and the story,” she said in the interview. "Before, my priority was very business-driven and business-oriented, and now it's about evolving as an actor more than anything.”
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