Salma Hayek Overview
Salma Hayek, who was born Salma Valgarma Hayek Jiménez in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico, was one of Hollywood’s most elite actors. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career in acting after having starred in a telenovela titled Theresa. Her successful career has won her to be an inspiration for many Latinas looking to set foot in the entertainment industry. Now, she also has her own production company and married French billionaire, François-Henri Pinault.
Starting Hollywood Career
After getting settled in Los Angeles, Salma Hayek took a small part in the 1993 film, Mi Vida Loca as Gata. According to an interview with Yahoo! Entertainment, Salma Hayek revealed that the film director, Robert Rodriguez, discovered her while being ridiculed in an interview in Spanish for being an extra in Mi Vida Loca when she was already a well-known actress in Mexico. But, a screen test silenced their doubts. In 1995 when she starred in the action movie titled Desperado, with Antonio Banderas and Quentin Tarantino. 28-year-old Salma Hayek played the role of Carolina.
Starred Other Hollywood Movies
Not long after that, Salma Hayek’s part in From Dusk Till Dawn was very memorable where she seductively dances with a giant snake. In 1997, she starred opposite Matthew Perry in the romantic comedy Fools Rush In as Isabel Fuentes Whitman. That same year, she also appeared in The Hunchback as Esmeralda and in Breaking Up with the role of Monica. Not only that, in 2002, she transformed into iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo for the starring role of Frida. She revealed it took eight years to make the film for which she was later nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress.
Starred Animated Movies
In 2011, Salma Hayek’s vocals were used to give life to Kitty Softpass in Puss in Boots. She played the love interest of his character, and that was her first animated feature. According to Collider, she explained that she was so excited because her daughter will get to see her in an animated movie. She also played a lesbian taco in Sausage Party in 2016 alongside Seth Rogen, James Franco, and Kristen Wiig.
Salma Hayek had a busy year in 2017, when she starred in Beatriz At Dinner, 11th Hour, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, and How to be a Latin Lover with Eugenio Derbez. During an interview with Made In Hollywood TV, she was asked about working with fellow Mexican actor-comedian, Eugenio Derbez, and how it was different acting in Spanish than English. She explained that she thought the combination of American humor with Latin American humor together goes so well because there were two styles of comedy in it, but it’s seamless. For over 28 years, Salma Hayek has captured the likes of many, but we suspect she still has plenty of more in the works to keep audiences entertained.