|The people that
really are sexy are the people who enjoy life with all their senses.
Frida had one eyebrow, a moustache and a leg shorter than the other
one…bad teeth. I won't begin to start to describe Diego! He was a
man who had gluttony for life. They enjoyed every moment and were
very sensuous characters. They slept with everyone!
More about FRIDA
|"I am extremely
grateful to this country, and I have learned many, many things here.
This movie gives me the opportunity to give something back to this
country. To show something about where I come from, and about who I
am, about my roots, that this country could use. And that is family
values. Family unity. Family support. Of all the bad things we have,
that is one good thing, family values. I just hope in some ways it's
inspiring for the young American couples that are beginning a
family. Because we are very affectionate. We are not afraid to
touch, we are not afraid to show or say how much we love a member of
Fools Rush In
| "In Mexico,
people are still very reserved about sex".
Hayek's response to critics in her native country of Mexico
for her nude sex scenes with Antonio Banderas
|“Mexicans are not the most welcome outsiders in
America,” Salma concludes. “I remember going to audition for a
sci-fi [film] and the studio being aghast at the idea of a Mexican
in space. One casting director even told me I should take advantage
of my Middle-Eastern sounding name and pretend I was Lebanese. The
accent is the big problem.”
say we're all identical, but
Jennifer Lopez is an American. She's
from New York. She doesn't have an accent. Some of these Latin
people - their Spanish is pathetic. They learned it when they became
famous as Latinos.
gotten a lot more
attention than...other women that I find
incredibly beautiful. And this has happened to me ever since I was a
girl, when I was flat, had no teeth, was skinny and small as I could
be. I always got more attention than anyone else. If I hadn't, I
would have made sure I did...
| "I aim
for a lifetime full of movies. I want to work for a long, long
time...and if I am very lucky and blessed, maybe somewhere along the
line there will be one movie in there that becomes a
--Interview, 1997 Significant.
|Oh, yes. I will
always work with Robert Rodriguez. Always, always, always.
He's the first person who gave me my first opportunity and it is
thanks to him that I'm here today. He believed in me when nobody
else believed in me and I will never forget that. I'm very loyal.
driving abilities from Mexico have helped me get through Hollywood.
|Because I feel a sisterhood
with all women. I don't see women and look at them as competition or
with judgment. Women really move me. I feel connected to all kinds
of women. I am angry because I think we've been mistreated
throughout history in different countries - in America too. So, I
waiting to meet a man who has more balls than I do.
| "Frida lived at a revolutionary time in
Mexico, when the artists spoke for the people. In a way, she
represents what Mexico is -- she had a broken body but an
indestructible soul. It's good to see that Mexicans are finally
beginning to confront their government and starting to speak out to
fix things instead of just complaining.
|I think that
Frida was the only woman that kept challenging
for the right reasons - and she always surprised him. I think he
truly believed she was a genius and he was the only one who had a
vision for it, or the strongest vision for it. When he dies, he
leaves a document that says the house that they lived in, the blue
house, has to become a museum for Frida Kahlo. Had it not been for
his vision, we probably would have never discovered Frida - if she
hadn't had that museum. He knew that at the time she was not
appreciated, but he knew there was going to come a generation that
was going to totally get her.
|I think there are
very profound symbols of love in this story. What I like about this
story, aside from the fact that it's completely different than any
love story I've ever seen, is that it's not a story about falling in
love. It's a
story about staying in love.
People don't want to make those stories because they're not as
romantic. They're very hard to tell.
One of Salma Hayek's earliest role
was to play Queen of the Carnival where she was born on September 2, 1968 in Coatzacoalcos,
Veracruz Mexico, to Sami Hayek Dominguez, a businessman of
Lebanese descent who once ran for mayor of their city, and Diana
Jiménez, an opera singer and talent scout.
a princess, she has approached her life as a blessing of
fate and circumstance that also carries a heavy
responsibility of making the best of the excellent cards she
has been dealt. She was unflappable and determined at an
early age, for instance, the day she was Carnival Queen she
also had done an emergency water-landing in a
hang glider, then picked herself upand hurried home to do
her make-up for later.
"I had to get ready for our town's fiesta that
night, I was going to be the queen of the carnival."
father was a top exec with the
state-owned oil company and mother was an accomplished opera
singer. Salma has admitted to having had a very spoiled childhood
which included her own private zoo, Colorado ski trips, and
summers on Greek islands. “I
thought I was a princess, I lived in a castle and my father was a
king; I wore tiaras; I was born diva-ish” she told one
Determined to see that her grandchild develop into a ravishing beauty, her
grandmother frequently shaved young Salma's head and clipped her
eyebrows, in the belief that such treatments would add body and
sheen to her granddaughter's thick dark locks. Equally determined
to see that she became well-educated, Hayek's staunchly Catholic
parents shipped her off to a boarding school in Louisiana when she
was 12. While the beguiling youngster proved both attentively
studious and properly religious, she also displayed a bent for
mischief that she chiefly directed against the long-suffering nuns
who ran the school: among other infamies, she once slipped into
the faculty dormitory and set all of the alarm clocks back three
hours. The end result of such she-nun-igans was that Hayek ended
up suspended and carted back home after just two years.
It only took her two more years to
finish high school, and her mother, fearful of the effects
"college boys" might have on her impressionable young daughter,
sent Hayek to Houston, where she lived with an aunt until her 17th
Returning to Mexico once more, Hayek relocated to Mexico City to
attend college, where she commenced international relations
studies. Though she had harbored acting ambitions since childhood,
Hayek had for years been reluctant to seriously pursue such a
chancy vocation for fear of alienating her parents. Ultimately,
she decided the path of the dutiful daughter and stable career
girl was one she could not bear to walk and frankly confronted her
parents about her aspiration.
As she later told one interviewer,
"One day I took my dad to lunch. I asked him if he believed in
destiny and he said, 'Yes.' And I said, 'Well, I believe it's my
destiny to become an actress.'"
In spite of voluble objections from her family and the derision
and disbelief of her friends, Hayek quit college and determinedly
embarked on an acting career. She first found work in plays at
neighborhood theaters, including one assignment as the heroine of
Aladdin and His Marvelous
Lamp. Several months of tireless stage work led to jobs
making television commercials, which in turn yielded a casting in
Nuevo Amanecer, a
popular daytime TV serial. With no more experience than that to
her credit, Hayek got herself cast as the title character of a
second serial, Teresa,
the phenomenal popularity of which almost immediately made its
fetching young star the most fanatically revered actress in
The hugely successful soap opera
Teresa (1989) gave Hayek a career most Mexican actresses
dream of yet this was not to be Salma's fate. Risking everything,
Hayek had to follow her dreams of going to Hollywood and shocked
the entire country when she quit the top-rated show and left for
arriving in LA in '91, Hayek spent extensive time learning English and
acting. She also met Richard Crenna Jr. there when they took acting
lessons and were briefly engaged but later broke up and called it off.
What followed thereafter was a
taxing period of adjustment, beginning with an 18-month hiatus
from acting that was primarily occupied with English lessons. Also
during that period, Hayek studied acting under famed dramatician
Stella Adler, and taught herself to drive a car: two days of
stick-shift driving convinced her to switch to automatic, and she
slowly acquainted herself with the tangled maze of L.A.'s freeways
by continually requesting directions from her more streetwise
friends via her trusty cellular phone.
The 24 year old actress
approached Hollywood with naive enthusiasm, and quickly learned
that Latin actresses were, if at all, typecast as the mistress
maid or local prostitute. By late 1992, Hayek had landed only bit
parts. She appeared on
(1991), The Sinbad Show,
and as a sexy maid on the HBO series
(1990). She also had one line in the Allison Anders film Mi Vida
Loca. Feeling under-appreciated by Anglo filmmakers, Hayek vented
her frustrations on comedian
late-night Spanish-language talk show in 1992.
Hayek's first big break came in
1993, when she spent four months auditioning for a headlining role
in Allison Anders's girlz-'n'-the-hood drama
Mi Vida Loca.
Anders eventually cast another actress in the desired-for lead
assignment, but Hayek's tenacity so impressed the director that
she gave her a smaller part in the film for the express purpose of
enabling the promising young actress to qualify for membership in
the Screen Actors Guild.
Other small roles followed, mostly on television, but it was an
appearance on a Spanish-language cable-access talk show that led
to Hayek's big breakthrough. While in the process of planning a
sequel to his wildly successful debut film,
Mexican-American director Robert Rodriguez happened to tune
in to Hayek's talk show appearance during a fit of late-night
channel surfing. Mesmerized by the lovely and engaging actress,
Rodriguez wasted no time tracking her down, and soon secured her
interest in tackling the female lead in his soon-to-be-produced
Desperado. Rodriguez's financial backers initially resisted
his choice of Hayek, but the director won them over by showcasing
her in his made-for-cable installment of Showtime's Rebel Highway
opposite Antonio Banderas, the movie was the start of her highly
successful movie career. Though Next up came the movies
and Fled where she co-starred with William Baldwin. Her roles in 1997
brought the acclaimed Fools Rush In and the TNT movie
The Hunchback of
Notre Dame.where she dated co-star Edward Atterton for an extensive amount
of time before later breaking off the relationship. Salma's latest roles
in 1999 brought the much hyped but much disappointing
Wild Wild West which
co-starred Will Smith, as well as
Dogma, which stars
Ben Affleck, Matt
Damon, and Chris Rock. In Wild Wild West, Salma was so nervous about her
nude scene she cleared the studio and was further instigated when Will
hung a BA as she was turning to read her lines, but the ever cool Salma
didn't even flinch to the displeasure of Smith who presumably wanted to
see Salma's fine bod a little longer!
A solid commercial success,
Desperado also garnered Hayek rave reviews for her show-stopping,
saliva-inducing performance. Despite the fact she was
disappointingly underrepresented in her next two outings, in the
limp thrillers Fair Game
Hayek's performances nevertheless provided much-needed zip for
both projects, and 1997 found her nicely romantically matched in
both Fools Rush In and TNT's adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre
Dame, in which she portrayed Esmerelda to Mandy Patinkin's
Quasimodo. Starring opposite
Antonio Banderas in the now cult classic
Desperado which put her on
Hollywood's map. The moviegoers proved to be as dazzled with
Hayek as he had been. After her break, she was cast again by
Rodriguez to star in his
From Dusk Till Dawn. Although her vampy role opposite
George Clooney and
Quentin Tarantino was a small one, it was a good credit to her
box office name. Hayek continued to rise her star in both
commercial and artistic films. Salma Hayek Internet shrines
cropped up like weeds, starred alongside Matthew Perry in the 1997
romantic comedy, Fools Rush In. That same year, Hayek
charmed audiences with her role as Esmeralda in a TNT rendition of
The Hunchback of Notre Dame simply called Hunchback.
Hayek's film repertoire continued to expand, with a role as a
cocaine-sniffing dancer in 54, based on the rise and fall
of the popular '70s nightclub. She also starred opposite Jordana
Brewster and Elijah Wood in 1998's teen slasher flick, The
Faculty (also a Robert Rodriguez film), alongside Matt Damon
and Ben Affleck in 1999's controversial Dogma, and opposite
Kevin Kline and Will Smith in 1999's big budget disappointment,
Wild Wild West.
In 2000, Salma kept busy with roles in Timecode, Chain
of Fools, and she had a brief uncredited appearance in the
Oscar-winning Traffic. After a role in 2001's Hotel, Hayek
starred in the made-for-TV movie In the Time of the Butterflies.
The new millennium started out
quietly around Salma as she was preparing to produce and star in
her dream role. The role was that of
Frida Kahlo, The
Mexican painter whom Salma had been admiring her entire life
and whose story she wanted to bring to the big screen ever since
her arrival in
Hollywood. It finally happened in 2002.
co-produced by Hayek, was a beautifully made film overflowing with
passion and enthusiasm with terrific
underestimate my passion. I directed a movie but I can be
passionate about things that might not be as meaningful. I
will not try to replace it. You have a dream and think about
it, you involve other people in the dream so that it becomes
better, and then when it's done you put it aside and have
the courage to dream a new one. I am not going to compare
anything else with this, I will just enjoy whatever it is.
That is one lesson I learned from Senora Frida Kahlo."
performances from Salma and
Alfred Molina as Kahlo's cheating husband
Diego Rivera. On the side was an entourage of stars including
Edward Norton and
Hayek bristles at comments saying how far Latins
have made it in Hollywood, "When I
asked a producer to consider casting a Latina as a fashion editor, he told
me a Latina might be all right in the role but definitely not a Mexican.
People around here think that Mexicans are lazy and have no style."
Whatever the case, many in Hollywood do think that Salma has style, and is
a refreshing break from the anorexic, bulimic, and siliconed actresses who
currently dominate film and music.
The picture was a hit and was
nominated for 6 Oscars including best actress for Hayek, who became the
first Latin actress to be
nominated in the category, and won the awards for make-up and its
brilliant original score by Elliott Goldenthal. Hayek established
herself as the serious actress that she is and in the same year expanded
her horizons directing "The Maldonado Miracle" which was shown as the
Sundance Film festival. In 2003 she starred in the final of Rodriguez's
Desperado triology "Once upon a time in Mexico" again opposite Banderas
Since her academy award nomination for Frida,
Salma has kept very busy with her film career.
Check what she 's working on
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In 1994, Hayek confessed at "The Cristina Show", to
having had a short romantic relationship with world boxing champion
Julio Cesar Chavez.In addition to her movies and accolades,
Salma Hayek made headlines thanks to a four-year romance with
Edward Norton (he appeared in Frida, and even wrote the
final script). She has also been romantically linked with former
fiancé Richard Crenna, Jr. and actor Edward Atterton.
She has currently been spotted with actor Josh Lucas (from
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arrived too late for her home town's inauguration of a new
17,000-seat municipal theater featuring a concert by Italian opera
singer Luciano Pavarotti on a Friday night. Hayek, who has been in
the central state of Durango working on the film "Las Bandidas" with
Spanish actress Penelope Cruz, later issued an apology to Veracruz
radio and television stations
|After having seen
Willy Wonka & the
Chocolate Factory (1971) in a local movie theatre, Salma decided
she wanted to become an actress.