updated 02/24/2014 AT 12:30 PM ET
•originally published 02/25/2014 AT 12:30 PM ET
Jessica Alba has an addiction.
The actress, who appears on Nylon’s March cover, admits she finds herself craving characters who push boundaries – all roles that are a far cry from her daily life as a wife to Cash Warren, mother of daughters Honor, 5½, and Haven, 2½, and the co-founder of The Honest Company.
“I don’t have to be a boss; I don’t have to be a wife; I don’t have to be a sister,” Alba says in the magazine’s spring fashion issue.
“It’s been liberating to be able to play someone who’s a badass or promiscuous because that’s the opposite of who I am … It’s like a drug.”
But stepping outside of her comfort zone is still seemingly new for Alba, who adds she was always one to play it safe in the public eye.
“Before, I was so fearful of failure and judgment that I was scared to put myself out there,” she says.