After becoming a star in her native Mexico, Salma Hayek headed for Hollywood and starred in Desperado, Fools Rush In, Wild Wild West, and Once Upon a Time in Mexico. But it was her Oscar-nominated role in Frida that proved Salma's acting skills and strong will. She's since found success on TV.
Salma Hayek Jimenez
Date Of Birth
September 2, 1966
Place of Birth
Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico
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Get Bruce ( 1999 )
Forever Hollywood ( 1999 )
Dogma ( 1999 )
The Velocity of Gary ( 1998 )
The Faculty ( 1998 )
54 ( 1998 )
Midaq Alley ( 1998 )
Fools Rush In ( 1997 )
Breaking Up ( 1997 )
The Hunchback ( 1997 )
From Dusk Till Dawn ( 1996 )
Fled ( 1996 )
Four Rooms ( 1995 )
Desperado ( 1995 )
Fair Game ( 1995 )
Mi Vida Loca - My Crazy Life ( 1994 )
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Once a college student in Mexico City, majoring in international relations studies, Salma Hayek finally decided to drop out (to her parents' chagrin) to pursue her childhood dream of becoming an actress.
Salma Hayek started out doing local theater, including a role as the female lead in Aladdin and His Marvelous Lamp. Theater work led to commercials, which finally led to a part on a series called Un nuevo amanecer. Salma Hayek was considered a star in Mexico for her role as Teresa on the popular soap opera of the same name. This was, however, not enough for the ambitious beauty who had set her sights on Hollywood.
Salma Hayek moved to Los Angeles in 1991, a complete unknown in a city full of aspiring actors. Foreign to the English language, Salma Hayek spent the next 18 months taking English lessons, while honing her acting skills with drama teacher Stella Adler.
Although Salma Hayek spent four months auditioning for a lead role that finally went to another actress, the film's director, impressed by her determination, cast her in a smaller role in the same film (1993's Mi vida loca, aka My Crazy Life) so that she could become a member of the Screen Actors Guild.
salma hayek in desperado
Salma Hayek's big break finally arrived, and it was mostly thanks to her appearance on a Spanish-language cable talk show. Director Robert Rodriguez caught Salma Hayek's appearance and knew he had to cast her for the sequel to his successful film El Mariachi, 1995's Desperado, opposite Antonio Banderas.
Roles in 1995's Fair Game and 1996's Fled did not do the actress justice, but with Salma Hayek websites finding their home in cyberspace and roles pouring in, audiences were sure to take notice of this Mexican beauty.
In 1996, Salma Hayek appeared in Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn with George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino, and 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.
Salma 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.
salma hayek is frida kahlo
In 2000, Salma Hayek 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.
In the meantime, Salma was working on what would become her pet project, Frida. A biopic of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, the movie was released in 2002, featured Salma in the title role, and was also coproduced by Hayek. The role garnered Salma Best Actress nominations by the Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards and Golden Globe Awards. She took home Best Actress trophies at the Imagen Foundation Awards and the Golden Camera (Best International Actress).
salma hayek in desperado
In 2003, Salma Hayek appeared in Rodriguez's Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, as well as the sequel to Desperado, Once Upon a Time in Mexico.
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 fiance Richard Crenna, Jr. and actor Edward Atterton
salma hayek in after the sunset
In 2004, Salma Hayek added the movies After the Sunset, the animated film Sian Ka'an (for which she lends her voice), Paint, and Murphy's Law to her resume. She also also starred in 2005's Ask the Dust with Colin Farrell and Val Kilmer.
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Hayek added more television work to her resume in 2006, as she became the executive producer of the Golden Globe-winning Ugly Betty, and she even costarred on the show.
2006 also marked the year that she appeared in the film Bandidas with her best friend, Penelope Cruz. And she was cast in the 2007 films Keep Coming Back and Across the Universe.
salma hayek is named no. 52 in 2008 top 99
In November 2007, Salma Hayek gave birth to her first daughter, Valentina. And as of January 2008, she has at least four new films in production. From acting to producing to being a mom, Salma is H-O-T. We knew our readers would be smart enough to cast tons of votes for her so she'd be on Top 99 of 2008 list of Askmen.com
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Salma Hayek Personal Quotes
I keep waiting to meet a man who has more balls than I do.
act tall!" "But look how short I am...I can't even act to be tall. I'm five-two. I can't even create the illusion that I am tall!
"I don't believe in the so-called Latino explosion when it comes to movies. Jennifer Lopez doesn't have an accent. She grew up in New York speaking English not Spanish. Her success is very important because she represents a different culture, but it doesn't help me. I grew up in Mexico, not the US, and the fact is that there just aren't any parts for Latin actresses. I have to persuade people that my accent won't be a problem, but an asset. Everyone's afraid of doing something a bit risky. Everyone wants a $200 million hit and anything they think might get in the way of that kind of success is considered a liability".
What worries me the most is that most men are so weak. Because of that they act like they don't care and like machos - because they are too fragile inside. They're scared of confrontation and afraid of so many things. And because of this they build up their life so they have to deal with their feelings as little as possible. I find feminine men unbelievably sexy. But most men are completely incapable of getting in touch with their feminine side. What am I supposed to talk about with a man who doesn't know what it's like to be a woman?
At the beginning [my career] was hard. People were like, 'Who is this Mexican jumping bean?'
What works in a relationship of very public people is not making the relationship public - keeping it as personal as it can be. It's the only way it is real. I am suspicious of those who have to let the world know how much they love each other. It's a little sad when you have to brag about how much you love someone. That kind of declaration doesn't always reflect the moment of truth between two people who care deeply for each other. When that truth is there, you don't need others to know it. And when somebody truly loves you, you don't even need him or her to be affectionate. Affection is fantastic, but it doesn't necessarily mean there's love - and the public display of affection is often just a show. When you open a door for others to have an opinion on your relationship, it can be dangerous. Find what you need, not what everyone else wants for you. Women have been taught that in order to have a place in the world, an identity, they must marry and have children. If that's the life you truly want, great. But for many women, marriage is only about needing the world to know that someone desires them enough to say,
"Here's a contract to prove that I love you and will commit to you for the rest of my life." For these women, no contract equals no validation - and, thus, no reason for existing.
"In my twenties I was offered lots of parts where there wasn't much to do but act sexy. I still get offered those roles - but now I take it as a compliment." Woman's World (7-11-06)
About Madonna: "She always paid attention to the Latin community. I was grateful somebody like her appreciated our culture" (InStyle magazine, Sept 2006).
"If I go on a diet and work out, I'm always in a bad mood. I'd rather be a little heavier but nice." -quoted in Woman's Day 8-15-06 issue
In my world, you have to be so beautiful, so skinny, so rich, so famous and I don't believe you really have to be any of those things. You simply have to be who you are. I do have thighs and a butt. I have cellulite. Don't be too impressed with me. Don't try to dress like me or wear your hair like mine. Find your own style. Don't spend your savings trying to be someone else. You're not more important, smarter, or prettier because you wear a designer dress. I get them free and I'm too lazy to go out and look for my own. I, a rich girl from Mexico, came here with designer clothes. And one day, when I was starving in an apartment in Los Angeles, I looked at my Chanel blouses and said, 'If only I could pay the rent with one of these.'
If a man lets all of my dogs sleep in the bed with us, then that is the most romantic thing. You must love my dogs in order to love me. A man who is nice to my animals and doesn't shoo them away - well, that's the height of romance.
It sounds trite to go after men who are nice but when you've been hurt a lot it becomes appealing.