GIVES HER ALL –
ON SCREEN, IN LOVE, IN LIFE.
Salma Hayek, the Mexican film actress, director and producer, once had aspirations of becoming an Olympic gymnast competitor but after watching Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory as a child she knew what she wanted to do.
She began her career starring in Teresa, the Mexican soap opera that made her famous in her home country. She left the show after two years and moved to the U.S. in pursuit of her dream. ”I WANTED TO MAKE MOVIES. THEY WEREN’T MAKING THE IN MEXICO. I WAS ON A ‘SOAP’ AND THAT’S NOT WHERE I WANTED TO BE.” In the U.S. she paid her dues with bit parts until her cinematic break opposite Antonio Banderas in 1995’s gun-
Hayek proclaimed a lack of quality roles for Latinas in Hollywood but instead of fading into stereotypical obscurity she gave it her all and created new roles. She co-
Hayek’s charitable work includes increasing awareness on both violence against women and discrimination against immigrants. She often speaks on subjects that relate to women. She is quoted as saying,
“I REALIZE NOW THAT I’VE HOPED TO BE GREAT –
ACTRESS, AS A MOTHER –
GREATNESS OF WOMEN WHO DIDN’T GET TO BE ALL THEY
COULD HAVE BEEN. THEIR DIGNITY, THEIR COURAGE, AND
THEIR BRILLIANCE MAKE ME STRIVE TO BE BETTER. THEY’RE A PART OF ME.”
In September 2007, Hayek and French businessman François-
WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS TO BELIEVE IN
SOMETHING SO STRONGLY THAT YOU’RE
– Salma Hayeks