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Back to her roots

entertainment Updated: Feb 01, 2010 01:17 IST

Jessica Alba has signed up for Spanish lessons to help her take up Latin movies and feel more confident when talking about her Mexican heritage. The

Sin City

star has admitted that a lot of journalists questioned her roots because she looked Latino but couldn’t speak the language, reported


. Her lack of Spanish led to criticism and suggestions that she wasn’t a true Latina, something that really upset the 28-year-old actress.

“I didn’t want to misrepresent Latinos and I didn’t know how to defend myself. I went to my room and I cried all night. Since then, I’ve preferred not to comment on the subject,” the website quoted her telling

Siempre Mujer magazine


And now that she has become a mother, she has decided to sign up for Spanish lessons so she and her daughter Honor can become fluent.

“I know the basics, but I just hired a professor that specialises in Hispanic studies to teach me and Honor. God knows that I wish I was raised bilingual. But it wasn’t to be,” said Alba. “I want to make movies in Spanish. There are so many interesting themes and stories that are worth sharing, like the lives of immigrants, for example.”