Mexican-American actress Jessica Alba has revealed that she got attracted to her latest film,
, because she could draw on her own heritage.
The 29-year-old star reunited with
director Robert Rodriguez for the revenge thriller
. In the film, she plays a Latina character, a determined US Immigration agent, for the first time.
“I have never played a Latina in a film before... I’ve always thought if I’m going to play a Latina character, I want her to be this dynamic and strong woman, like the women I grew up with,” she said. The actress also said that her heritage meant she had an instant bond with the film’s director.
“Robert’s movies are so entertaining. I grew up Mexican-American and so did he. We were instantly like family,” she said.