08/22/2014 03:37 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Jessica Alba Says Church's Stance On Gays, Premarital Sex Caused Her To Walk Away

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Although she was a born-again Christian for four years, Jessica Alba says a teenage crush on a bisexual drag queen prompted her to distance herself from the church.

The "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" star, 33, recalled her experience in an intimate new interview with Marlow Stern of The Daily Beast.

"I fell in love when I was 16 and had this major crush on… I guess he was a drag queen? He was bisexual and a ballerina, and this was while I was at the Atlantic Theater Company in Vermont," she said. "We used to go to this gay club and I’d dance with him all night, four nights a week."

She went on to note, "I was so in love with him and thought, 'There’s no way this guy’s going to hell,' because in my church, it was, 'Anybody who’s gay is going to hell' and 'Premarital sex is evil,' and I thought, 'There’s no chance! This guy is amazing!' So that went right out the window."

You can read the full interview with Alba here.

Alba has previously spoken out on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The actress reportedly appeared at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles in both 2006 and in 2009.

She shared similar sentiments in a 2006 interview with Elle magazine, saying that she was bothered by the church's stance on both premarital sex and homosexuality, as well as the lack of strong female role models in the Bible.

"I thought it was a nice guide," she said at the time. "But it certainly wasn't how I was going to live my life."



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