Salma Hayek

Biography: Born in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico, Salma and her brother, Sami, were raised by their Spanish mother and Lebanese father in a strict Catholic household. Growing up in an oil-rich boomtown, they wanted for nothing. When she was 12 years old, she attended a convent school in New Orleans, Louisiana, but was expelled for unruly behavior and constant practical joking. As a teenager, she lived with her aunt in Houston, Texas until she had graduated from high school. She later enrolled in Mexico City's Universidad Iberoamericana and was bitten by the acting bug.
She dropped out of university to pursue an acting career. Her first break was working in a soap opera, Teresa, in Mexico. The show was a huge success and Salma knew her star was rising. When she decided to leave the show in 1991, her fans were so shocked at her departure that unfounded rumors of her having had an affair with the President of Mexico prompted her departure.
When Salma arrived in Los Angeles, her
Born in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico, Salma and her brother, Sami, were raised by their Spanish mother and Lebanese father in a strict Catholic household. Growing up in an oil-rich boomtown, they wanted for nothing. When she was 12 years old, she attended a convent school in New Orleans, Louisiana, but was expelled for unruly behavior and constant practical joking. As a teenager, she lived with her aunt in Houston, Texas until she had graduated from high school. She later enrolled in Mexico City's Universidad Iberoamericana and was bitten by the acting bug.
She dropped out of university to pursue an acting career. Her first break was working in a soap opera, Teresa, in Mexico. The show was a huge success and Salma knew her star was rising. When she decided to leave the show in 1991, her fans were so shocked at her departure that unfounded rumors of her having had an affair with the President of Mexico prompted her departure.
When Salma arrived in Los Angeles, her dreams of acting in films hit a roadblock. She found that Latin women were generally cast in stereotypical roles of maids or prostitutes. She did manage to land small roles in television shows like Street Justice and The Sinbad Show, but the more substantial roles she sought continued to elude her.
Frustrated, she was booked on Paul Rodriguez's late night Spanish language talk show and unloaded her pent-up anger during the interview. To her good fortune, producer Robert Rodriguezand his wife, Elizabeth Avellan, were watching the interview and were impressed by her obvious intelligence, her passion and her beauty. Both thought she would be ideal for the film Roberto was producing: Desperado starring Antonio Banderas. The big budget sequel to El Mariachi put Salma on Hollywood's radar. After playing a cameo role in Rodriguez's follow-up film, From Dusk til Dawn, studio offers began to roll in. After varying degrees of financial and critical success with films like The Faculty, Fools Rush In, Wild Wild West and Dogma, Salma put on the producers hat and breathed life into the role she dreamed of for many years, Frida Kahlo. In the appropriately titled Frida, Salma played the title role in the biopic of one of Mexico's most celebrated painters. The film was a critical success and was nominated for six Academy Awards, including "Best Actress" for Salma Hayek. She was the first Latino woman to ever be nominated for that award. She didn't win that night, but the film walked away with the Oscars for "Best Make-Up" and "Best Original Score".
After firmly establishing herself as an actress and a producer in Hollywood, she moved into another field that interested her: television production. Her first project as a television executive producer was In the Time of the Butterflies, starring herself and Edward James Olmos. After a few other television movies, she brought Ugly Betty to the air in 2006. The show is based on a Columbian telenovela Yo Soy Betty La Fea". In her ongoing crusade to break with the Hollywood stereotypes, Ugly Betty focuses on the life of fashion magazine employee, Betty Suarez, who is sweet, hard working and smart, but not as thin and beautiful as her co-workers. In 2007, the show picked up a Golden Globe for Best Comedy. Its star, America Ferrera, won an Emmy that same year for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
Salma and Henri Pinault, son of billionaire Francois Pinault, welcomed they're daughter, Valentina Paloma Pinault, into their lives. She was born on September 21 2007. The couple had planned to be married, but the relationship had gone through several ups and downs over the years. As of November 2008, they had begun reconcilling.
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Salma Hayek's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 47
Highest Metascore: 73 The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Lowest Metascore: 11 Some Kind Of Beautiful
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 33
  2. Negative: 11 out of 33
33 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
52 From Dusk Till Dawn Jan 19, 1996 Satanico Pandemonium 8.9
55 Desperado Aug 25, 1995 Carolina 8.8
61 The Faculty Dec 25, 1998 Nurse Rosa Harper 8.7
37 Fools Rush In Feb 14, 1997 Isabel Fuentes Whitman 8.7
56 Once Upon a Time in Mexico Sep 12, 2003 Carolina 8.7
59 Girl Rising Mar 7, 2013 Narrator 8.4
58 Ask the Dust Mar 10, 2006 Camilla 7.9
60 Lonely Hearts Apr 13, 2007 Martha Beck 7.9
61 Frida Oct 25, 2002 Producer / Frida Kahlo 7.5
38 After the Sunset Nov 12, 2004 Lola Cirillo 7.5
61 Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet Aug 7, 2015 Producer / Kamila / Kamila 7.4
65 Puss in Boots Oct 28, 2011 Kitty Softpaws 7.2
72 Tale of Tales Apr 22, 2016 Queen (Segment "The Queen") / Queen Of Longtrellis / Queen Of Longtrellis 7.2
76 Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant Oct 23, 2009 Madame Truska / Madame Truska / Madame Truska / Madame Truska 7.0
35 Everly Feb 27, 2015 Cast / Everly 7.0
73 The Pirates! Band of Misfits Apr 27, 2012 Cutlass Liz 6.9
59 Savages Jul 6, 2012 Elena 6.5
61 Muppets Most Wanted Mar 21, 2014 Cast / Herself 6.3
40 Here Comes the Boom Oct 12, 2012 Cast / Principal Cast / Bella Flores 6.1
66 Sausage Party Aug 12, 2016 Teresa / Teresa Taco 5.7
32 As Luck Would Have It Feb 1, 2013 Luisa 5.6
57 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Jul 25, 2003 Cesca Giggles 5.5
53 $ellebrity Jan 11, 2013 Herself 5.0
30 Grown Ups Jun 25, 2010 Roxanne Chase-Feder 4.9
11 Some Kind Of Beautiful Aug 21, 2015 Cast / Olivia 4.9
47 Hotel Jul 25, 2003 Charlee Boux 4.8
13 Fair Game Nov 3, 1995 Rita 4.6
38 Wild Wild West Jun 30, 1999 Rita Escobar 4.4
19 Grown Ups 2 Jul 12, 2013 Roxanne Chase-Feder 3.0
16 Septembers of Shiraz Jun 24, 2016 Executive Producer / Farnez 2.0