The actress said she would never deny her Mexican roots and added that everything was made up by a journalist

Por People Staff
Updated Junio 25, 2007

Actress Jessica Alba, who is in Mexico promoting the film Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer, denied that she is ashamed of her Hispanic roots, as was been reported in various media outlets in the past few days. She blamed a journalist for saying this to make her look bad.

“It was all gossip,” said Alba, who appeared a bit dismayed at finding out what a sensationalist publication had started. “If there's something I would never be ashamed of, its my Latin roots,” she added at a press conference in Mexico City.

The 26-year old actress said it's not the first time she's the victim of gossip, but in this case, it really bothered her because the rumor came from blogger Pérez Hilton, with whom she does not have a good relationship.

“This gentleman likes to say lies about me because I didn't want to take a picture with him once,” she said.

Jessica also spoke to the Mexican press about the values that were taught to her at home when she was a little girl.

“I was brought up under Latin influences. At home, my grandfather plays the guitar and my grandmother sings and dances. I couldn't deny my roots because the first one to kill me would me my grandmother,” she said.She also added that her values, religious as well as those pertaining to family, are very much Mexican-influenced.