Salma Hayek has become one of the most influential latinx actor in Hollywood. Her art and charisma have conquered everyone who has stand in front of her. Her work as an actor and producer have contributed to make a strong statement about the influence of the latin community and women in the industry. But she has come a long way, and her roots extend all the way to Mexico, where she began her successful journey to nurture her talent.
Salma Hayek comes from a prominent family from Veracruz, Mexico. She is a descendent of Spanish and Lebanese, and was raised a Roman Catholic as she grew up. When she was young, Salma attended boarding school in the United States; there, she was diagnosed with dyslexia. Nevertheless, that didn't stop her for pursuing her dreams and decided to overcome this condition and attend college.
The 'Eternals' actress moved to Mexico City, in order to enroll in one of the most prestigious universities in Mexico: Universidad Iberoamericana; the same institution that attended filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu; journalist, Jorge Ramos; former Mexican President, Vicente Fox Quesada; and CNN Newsroom anchor, Bruke Baldwin.
Even though she was pursuing a degree in International Relations at the university, Salma's dream to become an actress was more latent than ever; so at the end of the 1980's, and against her family's wishes, she decided to abandon her studies and change the course of her life pursuing a career as an actress.
This happened after she got offered a couple of roles for some commercial spots, and afterwards she became Televisa's official girl for a series of spots to promote the TV company. From then on, she take some acting classes and from then on she put her career on the r ight track for success.
Salma's first major role was the lead character of a 1989 telenovela titled 'Teresa,' in Televisa. This was her first and only protagonist role in telenovelas. The series broke several records in Mexico, becoming one of the most successful series of the decade. This performance was pivotal for Salma Hayek to become well known all over the world.
After the 'Teresa' success, she decided to leave her country and digest what had happened. However, she was on the same page, and decided to move to Los Angeles, where she return to study. This time, she would be taking acting at Stella Adler's school. She dedicated the following two years only to absorb all the knowledge she could.
Salma came back to Mexico and began her work in what has become of the most important films in Mexican cinema, 'El Callejón de los Milagros.' As the film traveled to several film festivals all over the world, it turned out to be the best platform for Salma to become a movie star. Afterwards, she went to Hollywood, where she played the protagonist role in Robert Rodriguez's 'Desperado,' followed by her infamous sensual dance [python-all-around-her-neck-included] in 'From Dusk Till Dawn.'
Hayek continued making her way in Hollywood, taking parts in several movies like 'Fools Rush In,' alongside Matthew Perry; '54,' about the infamous New York club, and 'Wild Wild West,' it wasn't until 2002 when she played the main character on Julie Taymor's 'Frida,' when Salma Hayek gained worldwide recognition, also receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
From then on, Salma Hayek's career took a turn and began a paralell journey in filmmaking, experimenting as a producer and a director to fruitful results. Not only did she produce 'Frida,' but she also directed 'El Milagro de Maldonado,' the Prince video titled 'Te Amo Corazón,' and she became the executive producer for the tv series 'Ugly Betty'.
Salma Hayek has experienced success in other aspects of her life, besides acting and producing. On September, 2007, she gave birth to a little baby girl whom she named Valentina Paloma Pinault-Hayekel, daughter of the french businessman François-Henri Pinault. Salma got married in 2009. As of today, Salma is strongly involved with charitable organizations dealing with Women's rights advocacy.