Salma Hayek biography 2022

actress Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek biography

Salma Hayek-Jimenez was born on September 2, 1966, and raised in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico.

Her religious parents - father of Lebanese descent, mother of Spanish - wanted to ensure their daughter would be well-educated and sent her to a boarding school in Louisiana when she was 12. Sent home to be a jock, she graduated from high school and was sent to Houston to live with his aunt until she was 17.

Once a college student in Mexico City, majoring in international relations studies, Hayek finally decided to drop out to pursue her childhood dream of becoming an actress. She started doing local theater, including as the female lead in Aladdin and His Marvelous Lamp.

Theater work eventually led to commercials, which ultimately led to part of a series called Un nuevo Amanecer. She was considered a star in Mexico for her role as Teresa in the popular soap opera of the same name. However, this was not enough for the ambitious beauty who had set her sights on Hollywood.

She moved to Los Angeles in 1991, an unknown city in a city full of aspiring actors. A stranger to the English language, Salma spent the next 18 months taking English lessons while perfecting her acting skills with drama teacher Stella Adler.

The film's director, impressed by her determination, cast her in a minor role in the same movie (1993's Mi Vida Loca aka My Crazy Life ), so she could become a member of the Screen Actors Guild.

Her big break had finally arrived, primarily thanks to her appearance on a Spanish-language cable talk show. Director Robert Rodriguez caught Hayek's look and knew he had to cast her in the sequel to his hit film El Mariachi: 1995's Desperado, opposite Antonio Banderas.

Roles in 1995's Fair Game and 1996's Fled didn't do the actress justice, but when her website found its home in cyberspace and parts poured in, audiences were sure to take notice of her.

In 1996, she appeared in Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn with George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino and co-starred with Matthew Perry in the 1997 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. Her 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 film, 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 West.

In 2000, Salma kept busy with roles in Timecode and Chain of Fools, and she had a brief 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.

Meanwhile, Salma worked on what would become her pet project, Frida. A biopic of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, the film was released in 2002, featured Salma in the title role, and was also co-produced by Hayek. The role earned Salma nominations for Best Actress at the Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Golden Globe Awards. She received trophies for Best Actress at the Imagen Foundation Awards and Golden Camera (Best International Actress).

In 2003, Salma 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 films 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 linked to former fiancé Richard Crenna, Jr. and actor Edward Atterton. She has been spotted with actor Josh Lucas (from The Hulk).

In 2004, Salma can add the films After the Sunset, the animated movie Sian Ka'an (to which she lends her voice), Paint, and Murphy's Law to her CV. She is also in 2005's Ask the Dust with Colin Farrell and Val Kilmer.

last updated October 2022

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