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Jessica Alba on comparisons to Paltrow's Goop: It's unfair to 'lump actresses together'

Jessica Alba on comparisons to Paltrow's Goop: It's unfair to 'lump actresses together'
Jessica Alba, Allure's September cover star, speaks out against comparisons between her Honest Co. and Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop. (Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images for Tory Burch)

Stop comparing Jessica Alba's business to Gwyneth Paltrow's business, because she's tired of it, OK?

Alba, Allure's September cover star, spoke out against comparisons that throw her in with fellow entrepreneurial actresses.

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"What I think is unfair is to lump actresses together," the co-founder of the Honest Co. told the mag. "People aren't lumping Justin Timberlake and Ashton Kutcher together. They do other businesses. I think it's expected that when you get success in one area, you're supposed to evolve and try to do something else — especially in business and especially if you're a man."

The "Sin City" star's successful eco-friendly goods company is said to be valued at $1.7 billion. Last week the Honest Co. announced that it had raised an additional $100 million in funding to expand, despite coming under fire last month because its sunscreens were deemed ineffective.

Alba told the mag that she doesn't like to be pigeonholed and that she's always been on her own path. That mentality also applies to her acting jobs, and the mother of two said she's made a point of refusing roles that perpetuate female sterotypes.

"I never wanted to play into a stereotype, where it's like, 'Oh, you're just the girl who gets saved by the guy,' and she doesn't know how to make decisions, and she gets overwhelmed with all this stuff happening around her," she said. "Women are freaking resilient."

The 34-year-old seemed to echo Paltrow's sentiments. Just last June, the Goop maven spoke out about the business comparisons, saying she found the whole notion misogynistic.

"People are grasping at straws to tie us together and I get it, because it makes a good story, but I'm slightly offended by this sort of generalization that happens with myself and Jessica and Reese [Witherspoon] and Blake [Lively]," Paltrow said in a Q&A with Time magazine.

"Yes, there are similarities. But there aren't stories in Time written saying, 'Wow, look at Arnold Schwarzenegger, who did x, y, and z!'"

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