Salma Valgarma Hayek Jiménez
September 2, 1966
|Alma mater||Universidad Iberoamericana|
Salma Hayek Pinault (//; Spanish: [ˈsalma ˈxaʝek]; born Salma Valgarma Hayek Jiménez; September 2, 1966) is a Mexican and American actress and film producer. She began her career in Mexico starring in the 1989 telenovela Teresa, as well as the 1995 film El Callejón de los Milagros (Miracle Alley), for which she received an Ariel Award nomination. She rose to prominence with appearances in films such as Desperado (1995), From Dusk till Dawn (1996), Wild Wild West, and Dogma (both 1999).
Hayek became well known after her role in the 2002 biographical film Frida, a film which she co-produced and starred in as Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. For her performance, she received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress, becoming the first Mexican actress nominated in that category, in addition to nominations for the Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and British Academy Film Award for Best Actress. The film was widely praised and became a critical and commercial success.
Hayek won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children/Youth/Family Special for The Maldonado Miracle in 2004, and received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series after guest-starring in the ABC television comedy-drama Ugly Betty in 2007. She also guest-starred on the NBC comedy series 30 Rock from 2009 to 2013. In 2017, she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her role in Beatriz at Dinner.
Hayek's subsequent films include Grown Ups (2010), Puss in Boots (2011), Grown Ups 2 (2013), Tale of Tales (2015), Sausage Party (2016), The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017), Like a Boss (2020), and Eternals (2021).
Hayek has been married since 2009 to French business magnate François-Henri Pinault, with whom she has a daughter.
Salma Hayek Jiménez was born in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico. Her father, Sami Hayek Domínguez, is a Lebanese Mexican, with his ancestors hailing from the city of Baabdat, Lebanon, a city Salma and her father visited in 2015 to promote her movie Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet. He owns an industrial-equipment firm and is an oil company executive in Mexico, who once ran for mayor of Coatzacoalcos. Her mother, Diana Jiménez Medina, is an opera singer and talent scout, and is a Mexican of Spanish descent. In an interview in 2015 with Un Nuevo Día while visiting Madrid, Hayek described herself as fifty-percent Lebanese and fifty-percent Spanish, stating that her grandmother/maternal great-grandparents were from Spain. Her younger brother, Sami (born 1972), is a furniture designer.
Hayek was raised in a wealthy, devout Catholic family, and at age 12 opted to attend the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, Louisiana. In school, she was diagnosed with dyslexia. She attended university at the Universidad Iberoamericana where she studied international relations. In a 2011 interview with V magazine, Hayek mentioned that she was once an illegal immigrant in the United States, although it was not for a long period of time.
Late 1980s–1990s: Early work
At the age of 23, Hayek landed the title role in Teresa (1989), a successful Mexican telenovela that made her a star in Mexico. In 1991, Hayek moved to Los Angeles to pursue a film career in Hollywood, and to study acting under Stella Adler, having limited fluency in English and dyslexia. In 1994, Hayek starred in the film El Callejón de los Milagros (Miracle Alley), which has won more awards than any other movie in the history of Mexican cinema. For her performance, Hayek was nominated for an Ariel Award.
After taking a small part in the 1993 film Mi vida loca, she was noticed by director Robert Rodriguez and his co-producer and then-wife, Elizabeth Avellan, soon gave Hayek a starring role opposite Antonio Banderas in 1995's Desperado. She followed her role in Desperado with a brief role as a vampire queen in From Dusk till Dawn, in which she performed an erotic table-top snake dance.
Hayek had a starring role opposite Matthew Perry in the 1997 romantic comedy Fools Rush In. In 1999, she co-starred in Will Smith's Wild Wild West. She also played a supporting role in Kevin Smith's Dogma film as Serendipity. That same year, Hayek founded the film production company Ventanarosa, through which she produces film and television projects. Her first feature as a producer was 1999's El Coronel No Tiene Quien Le Escriba, Mexico's official selection for submission for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars.
2000s–2020s: Breakthrough and worldwide recognition
In 2000, Hayek had an uncredited role opposite Benicio del Toro in Traffic. The following year, she appeared in the 2001 feature film In the Time of the Butterflies, based on the Julia Álvarez book of the same name which covers the lives of the Mirabal sisters. In the film, Hayek plays one of the sisters, Minerva, and Edward James Olmos plays the Dominican dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, whom the sisters opposed.
In 2002, Hayek co-produced and starred in the biographical film Frida, for which she received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance. Hayek portrayed the titular character Frida Kahlo, alongside Alfred Molina as her unfaithful husband, Diego Rivera. The film was directed by Julie Taymor and featured an entourage of stars in supporting and minor roles (Valeria Golino, Ashley Judd, Edward Norton, Geoffrey Rush) and cameos (Antonio Banderas).
In 2003, Hayek produced and directed The Maldonado Miracle, a Showtime movie based on the book of the same name, winning her a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children/Youth/Family Special. Also in 2003, she reprised her role from Desperado by appearing in Once Upon a Time in Mexico, the final film of the Mariachi Trilogy.
In 2005, she served as a member of the 2005 Cannes Film Festival jury and co-hosted the annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert with Julianne Moore in Oslo, Norway. That same year, she directed a music video for Prince, titled "Te Amo Corazon" ("I love you, sweetheart") that featured Mía Maestro.
From 2006 to 2010, Hayek served as an executive producer for the American comedy-drama television series Ugly Betty. Hayek adapted the series for American television with Ben Silverman, who acquired the rights and scripts from the Colombian telenovela Yo Soy Betty La Fea in 2001. Originally intended as a half-hour sitcom for NBC in 2004, the project would later be picked up by ABC for the 2006–2007 season with Silvio Horta also producing. Hayek guest-starred on Ugly Betty as Sofia Reyes, a magazine editor. She also had a cameo playing an actress in the telenovela within the show. The show won a Golden Globe Award for Best Comedy Series in 2007. Hayek's performance as Sofia earned her a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards.
In 2007, Hayek finalized negotiations with MGM to become the CEO of her own Latin-themed film production company, Ventanarosa. The following month, she signed a two-year deal with ABC for Ventanarosa to develop projects for the network.
In 2010, Hayek played the wife of Adam Sandler's character in the buddy comedy Grown Ups, which also co-starred Chris Rock and Kevin James. She reprised her role in the sequel Grown Ups 2, which was released in July 2013. In 2011, Hayek co-starred with Antonio Banderas in the Shrek spin-off film Puss in Boots as the voice of the character Kitty Softpaws, who serves as Puss in Boots's female counterpart and love interest. In 2012, Hayek directed Jada Pinkett Smith in the music video "Nada Se Compara." In 2016, Hayek voiced the role of Teresa del Taco in the adult animated film Sausage Party.
At the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con, it was announced that Hayek will star as Ajak in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film Eternals, directed by Chloé Zhao and that was released in the United States on November 5, 2021.
In 2020, it was reported that her production company Ventarosa was signed with HBO Max.
Philanthropy and activism
Hayek's charitable work includes increasing awareness on violence against women and discrimination against immigrants. On July 19, 2005, Hayek testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary supporting reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. In February 2006, she donated $25,000 to a Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, shelter for battered women and another $50,000 to Monterrey based anti-domestic violence groups. Hayek is a board member of V-Day, the charity founded by playwright Eve Ensler. Nonetheless, Hayek has stated that she is not a feminist. She later revised her stance on this, stating: "I am a feminist because a lot of amazing women have made me who I am today. (...) But – it should not be just because I am a woman".
Hayek also advocates breastfeeding. During a UNICEF fact-finding trip to Sierra Leone, she breastfed a hungry week-old baby whose mother could not produce milk. She said she did it to reduce the stigma associated with breastfeeding and to encourage infant nutrition.
In 2010, Hayek's humanitarian work earned her a nomination for the VH1 Do Something Awards. In 2013, Hayek launched with Beyoncé and Frida Giannini a Gucci campaign, "Chime for Change", that aims to spread female empowerment.
For International Women's Day 2014 Hayek was one of the artist signatories of Amnesty International's letter, to then British Prime Minister David Cameron, campaigning for women's rights in Afghanistan. Following her visit to Lebanon in 2015, Hayek criticized the discrimination against women there.
Hayek has been a spokeswoman for Avon cosmetics since February 2004. She was a spokeswoman for Revlon in 1998. In 2001, she modeled for Chopard and was featured in 2006 Campari ads, photographed by Mario Testino. On April 3, 2009, she helped introduce La Doña, a watch by Cartier inspired by fellow Mexican actress María Félix.
Hayek has worked with the Procter & Gamble Company and UNICEF to promote the funding (through disposable diaper sales) of vaccines against maternal and neonatal tetanus. She is a global spokesperson for the Pampers/UNICEF partnership 1 Pack = 1 Vaccine to help raise awareness of the program. The partnership involves Procter & Gamble donating the cost of one tetanus vaccination (approximately 24 cents) for every pack of Pampers sold.
In 2008, Hayek co-founded Juice Generation's juice delivery program Cooler Cleanse. In 2017, she and Juice Generation founder Eric Helms launched the beauty subscription delivery service Blend It Yourself, based on Hayek's personal beauty elixirs. It supplies subscribers with the prepared organic frozen smoothie and acai bowl ingredients, some of which can also be applied as face masks. She also wrote the foreword to Helms' 2014 book The Juice Generation: 100 Recipes for Fresh Juices and Superfood Smoothies.
In 2011, Hayek launched her own line of cosmetics, skincare, and haircare products called Nuance by Salma Hayek, to be sold at CVS stores in North America. Hayek was also featured in a series of Spanish language commercials for Lincoln cars.
From April 7 to June 18, 2006, the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center in San Antonio, Texas hosted an exhibition called "Solamente Salma" (Spanish for "Only Salma"), consisting of 16 portrait paintings by muralist George Yepes and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez of Hayek as the Aztec goddess Itzpapalotl.
In July 2007, The Hollywood Reporter ranked Hayek fourth in their inaugural Latino Power 50, a list of the most powerful members of the Hollywood Latino community. That same month, a poll found Hayek to be the "sexiest celebrity" out of a field of 3,000 celebrities (male and female); according to the poll, "65 percent of the U.S. population would use the term 'sexy' to describe her". In 2008, she was awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award in recognition of her excellence and innovation in her creative works that have enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television. In December of that year, Entertainment Weekly ranked Hayek number 17 in their list of the "25 Smartest People in TV."
Hayek is a naturalized United States citizen. She studied at Ramtha's School of Enlightenment and practices yoga. Hayek, who was raised Catholic, stated in a 2007 interview that she was no longer devout, and did not believe in the Church, in part because she disagreed with practices such as its campaign against condoms in Africa, where she said AIDS and overpopulation were rampant, though she clarified that she still believed in Jesus Christ and God.
On March 9, 2007, Hayek confirmed her engagement to French billionaire and Kering CEO François-Henri Pinault as well as her pregnancy. She gave birth to their daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault Hayek on September 21, 2007, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. They were married on Valentine's Day 2009 in Paris. On April 25, 2009, they renewed their vows in Venice, Italy.
|1988||Un Nuevo Amanecer||Fabiola||Spanish-language telenovela|
|1992||Dream On||Carmela||October 10; episode "Domestic Bliss"|
|1993||The Sinbad Show||Gloria Contreras||Recurring character|
|El vuelo del águila||Juana Cata||Spanish-language telenovela|
|1997||The Hunchback||Esmeralda||Nominated–ALMA Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series in a Crossover Role|
|Gente Bien||Teresa||Guest star; Spanish-language telenovela|
|1999||Action||Herself||Re-Enter the Dragon|
|2001||In the Time of the Butterflies||Minerva Mirabal||Producer; feature|
ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor/Actress in a Made for Television Movie or Miniseries
Nominated–Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress in a Picture Made for Television
|2003||The Maldonado Miracle||Feature; producer, director. Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children/Youth/Family Special|
|Saturday Night Live||Guest host||March 15|
|2006–2010||Ugly Betty||Sofia Reyes / Nurse in Telenovela||Executive producer (85 episodes) and guest star|
with 15 cameo episodes
Nominated–Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (2007)
Nominated–Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series (2007)
Nominated–Producers Guild of America Award for Best Episodic Comedy (2007)
|2009–2013||30 Rock||Elisa Pedrera||7 episodes|
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- Recipient of Glamour magazine Woman of the Year Award in October 2001
- Recipient of Producers Guild of America Celebration of Diversity Award in 2003
- Recipient of Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year Award in February 2006
- Recipient of Time magazine 25 Most Influential Hispanics in 2005
- Knight (Chevalier) of the National Order of the Legion of Honour (France, December 30, 2011)
- Recipient of Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children/Youth/Family Special for The Maldonado Miracle, a Showtime TV movie that Hayek produced and directed (May 15, 2004, Creative Arts Awards)
- Recipient of the Franca Sozzani Award at the Venice Film Festival in August 2018
- In November 2021, Hayek was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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