Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the 50 most
beautiful people in the world 
8th of the 100 Sexiest Women by FHM Taiwan (2001).
collaborates with Antonio Banderas and Robert Rodriguez.
English, Arabic, Spanish and Portugese
considered for the part of Alicia Larde in A beautiful
mind because the character in real life is from El Salvador.
But the character for the film was later changed to
American and given to Jennifer Connelly.
an Arabic name that means "peace" or "calm".
to Robert Rodriguez's children
36C-25-37 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
She is the
first Latin American actress to be nominated for an
Academy Award in the leading actress category.
She was sent
to a boarding school in Louisiana at age 12, but was
soon sent back home after getting in trouble for frequently
terrorizing the nuns!
great-grandson of a Lebanese immigrant. The remaining
7 of her 8 great-grandparents were Mexican.
born in Lebanon and came to Mexico to start a small
business where he met Salma's mother.
Relations & Drama at College in Mexico City.
Newcomer at the 1989 Novela Awards for "Nuevo Amanecer".
Has her own
production company, Ventanarosa.
"My driving abilities from Mexico have helped me
get through Hollywood."
waiting to meet a man who has more balls than I do."
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!"
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."
Filming Once Upon a Time in Mexico]. It was very hard.
The singing gave me diarrhoea."
a bit of an abstract figure that people can project
their fantasies on; it's pretty much what we all are,
otherwise we wouldn't be stars, and people wouldn't
be interested. But people project things on you that
have nothing to do with what you really are, or they
see a little something and then exaggerate it. And you
can't really control that. Robert Rodriguez saw me as
very sexy for Desperado, but that's not the only thing
that I am."
I was in Mexico, I never had this sexy image. I was
not a sex symbol or anything I think it's great that
people find me sexy - as long as they realize there
is a lot more than just that I am not this perfect,
huge woman. Actually, I'm very short, and people, when
they see me in these films, think I am a statue. That
was an illusion created by Robert Rodriguez, and everybody
bought it. I don't reject my sexuality. But I have been
studying acting for 10 years. I can do a lot more than
dance with a snake."
wanted to be an actress ever since I was a little girl,
but later I tried to convince myself that's not what
I wanted. That I wanted to settle down with a stable
career. That's what everybody else was doing, and it's
what my parents expected of me. So, I tried to put that
part of me away. but, I couldn't fool myself."
I finally decided to leave school and pursue acting,
my parents didn't take it very lightly. My friends thought
that it was the tackiest thing they'd ever heard of.
Acting was really beneath them. They couldn't believe
that I would want to become an actress. Not now, of
I first came to Hollywood I was told to go out with
an agent because it was good for my career. So I went
to a party with him because it was good for my 'career.'
Well, he thought the whole thing was a big date. Needless
to say, I was very upset"
know how macho boys get when they're all together? Well,
the set of Desperado was like that. They were all trying
to put me down, saying, 'Bring on the stuntwoman, Salma
can't do that.' But I did everything. The scene where
Antonio and I jump across two buildings was great. They
put cables on us and it really was like flying. I didn't
want to stop. I kept saying, 'Can we do it one more
time?' I had a blast..."
a sucker for talent. I think it's the sexiest thing
in the world. I'd like them to have a sense of adventure
and fun. Loyalty, obviously. And some sense of humor.
But I don't like the really funny ones. You always have
to laugh at the jokes. It makes me nervous."
breaks my heart because there are some parts I know
I would have the right spirit for, and I just don't
get them because I have an accent."
I'm doing a movie, that's when I relax. As stressful
as it can be, as much pressure as it should be, making
movies is still the place where I feel the most at ease
and I truly enjoy it. That's why I make so many."
is tough, and if you have the ability to laugh at it
you have the ability to enjoy it."
Salma Hayek - Filmography
Below is a complete filmography
(list of movies she's appeared in)
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) .... Carolina
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) .... Cesca Giggles
Frida (2002) .... Frida Kahlo
In the Time of the Butterflies (2001) (TV) .... Minerva
... aka En el tiempo de las mariposas (2001) (TV)
Hotel (2001) .... Charlee Boux
Traffic (2000) (uncredited) .... Rosario, Madrigal's
... aka Traffic - Die Macht des Kartells (2001) (Germany)
Gran vida, La (2000) .... Lola
... aka Living It Up (2000) (International: English
Chain of Fools (2000) .... Kolko
Timecode (2000) .... Rose
West (1999) .... Rita Escobar
Coronel no tiene quien le escriba, El (1999) .... Julia
... aka No One Writes to the Colonel (1999) (International:
... aka Pas de lettre pour le colonel (1999) (France)
... aka Personne n'écrit au colonel (1999) (France)
Dogma (1999) .... Serendipity
Faculty, The (1998) .... Nurse Rosa Harper
Velocity of Gary, The (1998) .... Mary Carmen
54 (1998) .... Anita Randazzo
... aka Fifty-Four (1998)
Sistole Diastole (1997) .... Carmelita
Breaking Up (1997) .... Monica
Hunchback, The (1997) (TV) .... Esmeralda
Fools Rush In (1997) .... Isabel Fuentes
"Vuelo del águila, El" (1996) TV Series
.... Juana Cata
Fled (1996) .... Cora
Follow Me Home (1996)
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) .... Santanico Pandemonium
Fair Game (1995) .... Rita
Four Rooms (1995) .... TV Dancing Girl
Desperado (1995) .... Carolina
Callejón de los milagros, El (1995) .... Alma
... aka Midaq Alley (1995)
... aka Miracle Alley (1995) (Australia)
Roadracers (1994) (TV) .... Donna
... aka Rebel Highway (1994) (TV)
"Sinbad Show, The" (1993) TV Series .... Gloria
... aka "Sinbad" (1993) (UK)
Mi vida loca (1993) .... Gata
... aka My Crazy Life (1993)
(1989) TV Series .... Teresa
"Nuevo amanecer, Un" (1988) TV Series
Salma Hayek - Notable TV Guest
"Oprah Winfrey Show, The" (1986)
playing "Herself" 19 September 2003
"Tinseltown.TV" (2002) playing "Herself"
13 September 2003
"God kveld Norge" (1998) playing "Herself"
6 September 2003
"Saturday Night Live" (1975) playing "Host"
(episode # 28.15) 15 March 2003
"This Morning" (1988) playing "Herself"
13 February 2003
"Otro rollo con: Adal Ramones" (1997) playing
"Herself" 5 November 2002
"Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The" (1992) playing
"Herself" 17 October 2001
"Revealed with Jules Asner" (2001) playing
"Herself" in episode: "Salma Hayek"
"Action" (1999) playing "Herself"
in episode: "Re-Enter the Dragon" (episode
# 1.2) 16 September 1999
"Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993) playing
"Herself" 28 August 1998
"Rosie O'Donnell Show, The" (1996) playing
"Herself" 11 March 1997
"Nurses" (1991) playing "Yolanda Cuevas"
in episode: "One Pequeno, Two Pequeno" (episode
# 2.11) 5 December 1992
"Dream On" (1990) playing "Carmela"
in episode: "Domestic Bliss" (episode # 3.20)
10 October 1992