Alba lashes out at Hollywood for pigeonholing Hispanic actresses

Updated: Jul 14, 2010, 16:55 PM IST

London: Jessica Alba has criticized the Hollywood film industry for its bias against Hispanic actresses.

"Jennifer Lopez is a huge star, but in Hollywood they still always want her to play the maid. I love her because she opened doors for ethnic girls like me. I want to break down more barriers," The Mirror quoted Alba as telling OK! magazine.

Alba, whose father is Mexican American, said she had "a hell of a time" at school because she was bullied for being mixed race.

"I`d get beaten up and picked on all the time", she said.

"It was about being different. Apart from being mixed race, my parents didn`t have money so I never had the cute clothes or the cool backpack."