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  • Sweater by Raquel Allegra; skirt by Ksubi; necklace by Isabel Marant; right hand: bracelets by Chan Luu, ring by Diane Kordas; left hand: cuff by Carolina Bucci; bracelet by Maria Rudman

    “I’m in my man room!” – a curtained-off space Alba says he needs, with a wife, two daughters and two female dogs in the house.

    Recently, the couple took a relaxing vacation, which Alba says reinforced her belief in their marriage. “It was our first trip in six years that wasn't for work. I didn’t realize how important it was until we got home and I was like [excited voice], ‘We like each other; we really are best friends.’ I knew we were rooting for each other every day and we’d made these two people who are my favorite things on the planet, but having that time just us, it was cool to connect. We both chose the right person.”


    While author may be a new string to her bow, Alba’s not yet ready to give up on the career she started aged 12. When it comes to acting, she says, things are getting good. “I just finished the best movie I’ve ever done,” she says of reprising her role as Nancy Callahan in the Sin City sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. “It was so opposite to what I do [at home]. My approach to

    “[After the BIRTH] I wore a double corset for three months. It was sweaty but WORTH IT”

    acting now is so different – I’m fearless because I have nothing to lose. Before [children] my identity was wrapped up in every decision – now, I don’t care. It could be a pile of s**t and you could think it was the worst thing you ever saw, but I still had the best experience.”

    It’s almost time to go, a sofa date beckoning for Alba and Warren but, before I leave, as an expectant mother I have to ask how she got her toned body back so quickly after two births. The secret, it turns out, is a girdle. Two, in fact. “It was brutal; it’s not for everyone,” she qualifies. “I wore a double corset day and night for three months. It was sweaty, but worth it.”

    Down to earth, fun-loving and unfailingly honest – I wouldn’t expect anything less from a Thundercats fan.

    credits

    Creative director: Jo Baldwin. Makeup: Lauren Andersen at The Wall Group. Hair: Robert Ramos at Celestine Agency. Nails: Stephanie Stone at Nailing Hollywood. Fashion assistant: Helen Broadfoot

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