Why Is Salma Hayek Famous? All You Need To Know About The Mexican Actress

She is definitely one of the most beautiful stars in Hollywood, but do you know exactly why the Mexican actress Salma Hayek is famous?

By Ingrid Mateos

- March 31 , 2022 - 15:58 hs
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Is it for her beauty? Her talent? Her charming smile or her incredible figure? Or perhaps because she married a very famous man? Whether you are a fan of hers or not, you can't deny that Salma Hayek has stolen everyone's hearts for being one of the most beautiful and delightful actresses in Hollywood, but it has passed so much time since she started her acting career that most people do not remember why she is famous in the first place.

First of all, you will need to know that Salma Hayek (born Salma Valgarma Hayek Jiménez) first started being famous in Mexico while playing telenovelas (soap operas). Her first role came in 1989 with Teresa and around the same time, she starred in her very first movie 'El Callejon De Los Milagros'. a film that won more awards than any other in Mexican history.

Directed by Jorge Fons and based on the novel by Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz, 'El Callejon de Los Milagros (also known as Midaq Alley or The Alley of Miracles) propelled her to continue her acting career in Hollywood making her first appearances in Desperado (where she co-starred with actor Antonio Banderas(, From Dusk till Dawn, Wild Wild West (staring with Will Smith), and Dogma. from 1995 to 1999.

However, this was not easy and years later Salma revealed to Oprah that she was very insecure about moving to the U.S. "I wanted to do films, and at that time in Mexico, a film industry didn't really exist," she told Oprah. "So where do you go to do movies? You go to the mecca. I also was afraid I was a very bad actress, because I'd become famous very fast and was making money for people."


While no one will ever forget her dancing in her role as Santanico Pandemonium thanks to Robert Rodriguez, it was not until 2002 when Salma Hayek started stealing the spotlight for her talent and not only because of her beauty. That year, the Mexican actress starred in Frida, where she also served as producer. Thanks to that role she earned Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and British Academy Film Award nominations.


However, one of the highlights is that we could say that Salma Hayek became famous for becoming the first Mexican actress to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

From there, everything is history. She has starred in several famous and acclaimed films including Once upon a time in Mexico, Bandidas, Grown Up 1 and 2, The Hitman's bodyguard, Eternals, and most recently in House of Gucci alongside Lady Gaga.


However, without taking out her credit, later in 2009 Salma Hayek raised her fame when she married French billionaire François-Henri Pinault the chairman and CEO of Kering (home to brands such as Gucci, Saint Laurent, and Balenciaga) since 2005, and president of Groupe Artémis since 2003. The couple shares one daughter Valentina Paloma, 

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Ingrid Mateos

I am an Entertainment news writer at Show News Today. I love all about movies, royalty, and pop culture but also enjoy writing about the latest celebrity gossip. I have a B.A in E.L.T and a diploma in Tourism Studies. When not working with words, you can probabaly find me watching BBC'S Sherlock for the umpteempth time or an old movie.

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