It’s not very difficult to see that Salma Hayek is one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood, and while few would say she’s as talented, the men at Bullz-Eye are proud to back up this Mexican beauty’s unmistakable ability to turn any average movie script into an amazing film experience. Okay, so maybe her curvaceous body and sexually enticing accent help her boom onscreen, but she certainly has the acting chops that stars are made of. Born on September 2, 1966 in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, her religious parents sent Salma to a Louisiana boarding school to help ensure she would receive an excellent education. After being expelled as a prankster during her adolescence, Salma finished high school in Mexico before she was sent to Houston to live with her aunt. She dabbled in a few years of international relations studies in Mexico City before she decided to drop out and pursue her dream of becoming an actress. Appearing in local theater productions of “Aladdin,” Spanish-speaking television commercials and the popular soap opera, “Un Nuevo Amanecer,” Salma quickly grew to star status in the Latino community, but the young actress wanted more than a few fans from her hometown.
Moving out to Los Angeles in 1991, Salma spent her first two years learning the English language and training under well-renowned drama coach Stella Adler. After losing the lead role to another actress on her first audition, the film’s director was impressed enough to cast her in a smaller role of the same film, 1993’s “Mi Vida Loca.” Finally up on the big screen for everyone to see, up-and-coming director Robert Rodriquez was looking to cast the lead female for the sequel to his Sundance success story, “El Mariachi.” By placing Salma opposite Antonio Banderas in the western-action hit, “Desperado,” not only did Rodriquez suddenly skyrocket to the top of every actor’s director-must list, but he also launched the two relative unknowns on to the red carpet as instant stars. Hayek followed “Desperado” with less impressive roles in films like “Fled” and “Fair Game,” but she continued to make a name for herself with a pleasant cameo appearance in Rodriquez’s “From Dusk Til Dawn” and as “Friends” co-star Matthew Perry’s love interest in the romantic comedy, “Fools Rush In.” Salma has continued to blend her resume with critically acclaimed films (“54” and “Timecode”) and entertaining blockbusters (“Dogma” and “Wild Wild West”), but her most impressive project came in 2002 when she produced and starred in “Frida,” the biopic of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Her performance as the famous artist was celebrated with Best Actress nominations from the Academy Awards and Golden Globes, along with winning trophies from a number of smaller awards shows. After a much needed break following a split from long-time beau, Edward Norton, Salma will return to the big screen with a bang of the next two years to reclaim her spot as Hollywood’s spiciest actress.
Salma Hayek on the Web
Salma Hayek at Maxim
Check out her exclusive pics and content at Maxim!
An online database of Salma's Latin and US film career.
TV Guide: Salma Hayek
Salma Hayek Videos, Interviews and More on TV Guide's Online Video Guide
A straight-forward biography that includes a unique gallery of premiere photos.
Dreaming of Salma Hayek
A great fan site featuring over 400 pictures and a small collection of magazine articles.
The Beauty from Mexico
A very professional fan site that offers access to a database of interviews, multimedia clips and three different contact addresses.
Yet another impressive fan site with updated news, film reviews and even more pictures.
One of the best sites on the internet! Nearly 5000 pictures, a FAQ page, love test and even more extras for fans to check out.
Salma Hayek on the Screen
Salma can accredit a lot of her instant stardom to director Robert Rodriquez for presenting her first big break. After co-starring in Rodriquez's "Desperado" and making a cameo appearance in "From Dusk Til Dawn," Salma moved on to bigger and better projects, but she never forget about paying her dues and in 2003, Salma made short appearances in the director's most recent films, "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" and "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over." Since her debut alongside fellow Latin actor Antonio Banderas, Salma has delivered plenty of memorable performances in Academy Award-nominated features like "Traffic" and "Frida" as well as more mainstream projects like "The Faculty" and Kevin Smith's "Dogma." While the Latin beauty tends to remain quite picky about her script choices, she's a pleasure to watch on screen every time.
Salma can next be heard reteaming with her "Desperado" co-star Antonio Banderas in the animated film, "Puss in Boots," and has four more films due for release by the end of 2012: the Spanish-language drama "La chispa de la vida," the action-comedy "Here Comes the Boom," "the crime thriller "Savages," and as the voice of Cutlass Liz in Aardman Animation's "The Pirates! Band of Misfits." She's also currently working on bringing the popular stage musical "Wicked" to the small screen as a new TV series.
Salma Hayek Says
"I keep waiting to meet a man who has more balls than I do."
On getting a job in Hollywood:
"I don't believe in the so-called Latino explosion when it comes to movies. Jennifer Lopez doesn't have an accent...and the fact is that there just aren't any parts for Latin actresses. Everyone wants a $20 million hit and anything they think may get in the way of that kind of success is considered a liability."