Actress Jessica Alba (Spy Kids: 4D) became a child actor at thirteen years old when she was cast in the low budget Disney film, Camp Nowhere (1994), an after school specialand the TV series The Secret World of Alex Mack. Although the choice to be a child actor led Alba to the successful career she has today and has afforded her many opportunities, she shared with Fox411 PopTarts that she will not let her daughter Honor Marie, 3, or child #2 she is currently pregnant with, make that same choice.

Jessica stated: “I was a child actor and it worked for me, given the circumstances I was in, but I’m lucky enough to give my daughter and my second baby a completely different life and an education that I never had the opportunity to have.  When they’re done with college, if they want to get into the arts, that’s fine. I think you will be a better artist the more life experience you have, but I wouldn’t encourage them to work in this type of environment as children.”

Alba also revealed personal details about her childhood: “I lived in my head a lot as a kid, which is probably why I wanted to be an actor. I was sick a lot, in the hospital by myself,” she added. “I spent a lot of time wanting to be Superman. That was one of my obsessions.”

Unfortunately the Fox article on Alba did not elaborate as to what her “circumstances” were as a child that led her to become a child actor, nor did it divulge what illness Jessica had that kept her hospitalized long term in her youth.

*Source Fox411 PopTarts