Former DARK ANGEL star Jessica Alba was so repulsed by her own age when she was a teen, she preferred socialising with her mother.

The 23-year-old actress admits her early exposure to the showbiz world led to her spending very little time with youngsters her own age.

And she has no regrets about bypassing a potentially wild lifestyle.

She says, "I never fit in with my peer group, I never hung out with kids my age - I always wanted to hang out with my mom and her girlfriends.

"I was on a TV show when I was 13, and I had a tutor for high school. Everyone was like, 'Oh, you're missing out on the high school experience,' so I'd go with my cousins to parties where there would be a keg and people doing body shots and playing quarters.

"I was like, 'What a waste of time.' I didn't want to be doing E (ecstasy) and making out with a guy three years older than me who's a loser."

01/03/2005 02:27