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Jessica Alba: Motherhood Made Me Fearless

Playing a sexy avenger suits Jessica Alba just fine.

In Sin City; A Dame to Kill For – opening Friday – Alba reprises her role of Nancy Callahan, a former damsel in distress who’s seeking retribution over her dead protector, John Hartigan (Bruce Willis).

As a working mom of Honor, 6, and Haven, 3, Alba can especially relate to her character’s fearlessness.

“I don’t have anything to lose,” the actress, 33, tells PEOPLE. “I feel like I’ve done all the hard work. I really was married to my work for so long that I’ve kind of been there, done that. I was ready for a new phase in my life.”

She adds, “When I became a mom, I just kind of opened up and got a new perspective. I have a fearlessness and a confidence that I think you can only get with experience and age. Some people get it earlier, but it took me a while.”

Alba’s outlook on life definitely helps with her other role – as CEO of The Honest Company. When asked if it’s nice to have a job that doesn’t require her to look camera-ready hot all the time, Alba laughs and says running a business that sells eco-friendly baby products can also be sexy.

“What’s great is that when you’re older and sexy, you’re not really just a one-trick pony,” Alba says. “There is so much more that goes along with it. Intelligence is sexy, confidence is sexy, knowledge is sexy. At work, I’m wearing a completely different hat. It’s a pretty creative environment, but there’s a lot of data and analytics, a lot of boring meetings, just straight business stuff. It’s cool, though!”

That begs the question: Which one of her daughters is more apt to run a company, and which one seems more likely to follow in their mom’s showbiz footsteps?

“Oh gosh, I don’t think either of them are going to be actresses, if I can help it,” Alba tells PEOPLE. “Maybe Haven will be a filmmaker because she’s more creative. I feel like Honor can have more of the business sensibility.”

For more on our interview with Jessica Alba, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

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Teen Scientist Who Created Pancreatic Cancer Test to Write Autobiography

It’s been another typical summer for the world’s most renowned teenage scientist.

Along with writing his autobiography, Jack Andraka, 17, has logged countless hours at a Georgetown University lab working on various projects, including a water filtration system made from crushed plastic bottles, nanorobots that could one day be injected into humans to fight cancer and new type of paint that will remove contaminants from the air inside buildings.

“It’s amazing all the opportunities I’m having,” he tells PEOPLE. “I have this life I never could have imagined.”

The high school senior first made headlines in April, when news broke that at the age of 15, he had created a simple, inexpensive test to detect pancreatic cancer that costs three cents and gives results in five minutes.

Andraka’s autobiography Breakthrough – published by HarperCollins and due out in March 2015 – chronicles the self-described science and math nerd’s journey from bullying victim to world-traveling science booster.

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“There’s this stereotype that a lot of youth have that science is a boring field,” he says. “But it’s incredibly creative, and I just wanted to share my passion about science through my story and help inspire other youth to get into it.”

In the book, Andraka also recounts grappling with his homosexuality and how it led to his being “ostracized” by students and teachers at his middle school, leading to his decision to often eat his lunch in the restroom.

“It was like that classic Mean Girls scene where I would use the toilet paper holder as my table,” he says. “It was definitely a really hard period in my life.”

The plucky, self-effacing teen, once described as the Edison of our times, has definitely put the past behind him. These days, the white-water kayaking enthusiast and origami freak is busy filling out college applications. He hopes to attend Stanford University, where he wants to major in bio-engineering.

And one more thing: He’s looking forward to the day folks stop calling him a “wunderkind.”

“I don’t view myself as a whiz kid,” Andraka says, laughing. “I just see myself as a scientist who happens to be a kid.”

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It’s a Boy for Pete Wentz

08/21/2014 at 07:00 PM ET

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Pete Wentz‘s new baby is a Saint!

The Fall Out Boy bassist, 35, and model girlfriend Meagan Camper, 25, welcomed a son, Saint Lazslo, on Wednesday, Aug. 20 in Los Angeles, his rep confirms to PEOPLE.

“Mom and baby are happy and healthy,” the rep says. “They are thrilled at the addition to the family and Bronx is over the moon to be a big brother.”

Up until the baby’s arrival, Wentz — whose 5½-year-old son is from his previous marriage to Ashlee Simpson — didn’t know the sex of his second child.

“We’re waiting,” the new dad told PEOPLE in May. “I think we’ll probably do a surprise on this one.”

But the couple of three years, who celebrated with a chic baby shower in May, have always made their intention to start a family together known.

“They’ve been planning this for awhile,” a source close to the stars told PEOPLE in February.

“What’s more exciting than having the pitter-patter of another little gremlin running around?” Wentz said in May. “Now it will be two-on-two.”

– Michelle Tan

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Sir Mix-A-Lot Butts Into Nicki Minaj ‘Anaconda’ Furor

08/21/2014 04:00PM

With the help of one Sir Mix-A-Lot sample and lots and lots of twerking, Nicki Minaj stole the buzz from right under Taylor Swift’s nose.

For her latest single, “Anaconda,” the Queens rapper built an entire song around Mix-A-Lot’s snake-based male genitalia metaphor, and recorded a suitably callipygian video to match. Now, Mix-A-Lot himself is speaking out, and – no surprise – he’s honored by the results.

As the famously butt-loving rapper admitted on Twitter, he was so captivated by Minaj’s music video that he watched it more than three dozen times. For the, uh, choreography, we’re sure.

Of course, we should have expected this level of candor from Mix-A-Lot: As the rapper said himself, he cannot lie.

But not everyone is as enamored of Minaj’s scandalous song, which she is expected to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. The lyrics will likely be cleaned up or bleeped out – there are F-bombs and some uses of the N-word – and the Parents Television Council is attempting a preemptive strike on the live show.

The non-profit watchdog group is asking MTV to label the live telecast with a TV-MA rating to reflect any sexually-charged content in the vein of Miley Cyrus‘s raunchy performance last year.

“While last year’s Miley Cyrus/Robin Thicke performance garnered most of the headlines after the fact, the sexually charged and otherwise inappropriate content of the show was not limited to them,” PTC President Tim Winter said in a statement. “Even more troubling was the fact that MTV still applied a TV-14 rating to the program, despite other adult-oriented performances and advertising messages. Such a rating was simply unacceptable to the families who depend on the television ratings system to be applied accurately and to the millions of families whose children are marketed to by MTV. The 2013 VMAs were a public relations kerfuffle for your network that I feel certain you will not wish to repeat.”

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