The actress told Ellen DeGeneres her physique doesn't come from the gym

By Emily Kirkpatrick
November 07, 2016 07:25 AM
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Most of us will spend the next three months watching all that hard work we’ve put in at the gym over the first three-quarters of 2016 slowly fade away into oblivion thanks to a nonstop assault of holiday cookies, pies, turkey, and endless bowls of mashed potatoes.

But as our hopes of finally achieving our New Year’s resolutions for once disappear into the ether, Jessica Alba is here to remind us that not all all A-list bodies are built via squats, sprints, and heavy reps. In fact, she says, her killer bod isn’t the result of gym time at all – it’s just a strategic arrangement of fabric and illusions.

Since your jaws are likely still on the ground after that anti-workout revelation from the woman who spent half of her acting career chasing bad guys around in a bodysuit, we’ll let Alba attempt to explain her ripped physique for herself.

On Monday’s appearance on The Ellen Show, while talking about a neighborhood in California where she took her kids trick or treating, the fitness magazine cover star said, “You walk up and down and you’re getting exercise, so I didn’t even need to go to the gym – not like I go to the gym, but I was like I really don’t need to go to the gym.”

When Ellen questioned that last statement, Alba added, “I should go to the gym,” to which the host deadpanned, “You really look horrible. I was going to tell you, you should start taking care of yourself because you really let yourself go.” But the Honest Company founder insists her body’s not all it appears to be, crediting stress and learning, “you know how you, like, cover the bits and you know how to do the [pose]. So that’s what I was doing.”

Interesting, considering just two months ago she told Shape, “If I work out four times, I consider it a successful week, but it’s typically more like two to three days a week because that’s what I have time for.” But if she really has given up the gym rat life for good, perhaps her next Honesty Company launch should be a book chronicling all of her optical illusion-level styling secrets.

The actress also bravely let Ellen test out her hairdressing skills on her tresses using all of her new Honest Beauty hair care products, naturally.

In the bit, Ellen plays the role of Alba’s arms while the organic goods CEO has to say how she likes her hair to be styled. The twist is the TV host wrote every line the actress has to say. After giving her a good spritz and a shot of tequila, the pair got to work on deep conditioning Jessica “The Hottie Mctottie” Alba’s hair, and let’s just say the comedian should probably stick to her day job.

What do you think about the actress’s no-workout confession and Ellen-styled hair? Sound off below!