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Salma Hayek Thought Marvel Would Offer Her A ‘Grandmother’ Role In ‘Eternals’

Salma Hayek is playing Ajak in the upcoming Marvel film 'Eternals. However, the actress reveals that she never thought she would be a super-hero '

By Ingrid Mateos

- August 19 , 2021 - 08:49 hs
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Salma Hayek (AP)

Mexican actress Salma Hayek has appeared in many movies like Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn and Frida. However, she reveals that not even in her wildest dreams she thought about joining a Marvel Movie.

The actress is set to star in the upcoming Marvel film 'Eternals', which follows the story of an immortal alien race created by the Celestials who have secretly lived on Earth for over 7,000 years. Alongside Angellina Jolie,  Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Gil Birmingham, Harish Patel, and Kit Harington, Salma Hayek reflects how, in the beginning when they first called her for an audition, she thought a very different role would be offered to her.


“I said, ‘Forget it,'” Hayek told Entertainment Weekly, “I said, ‘God knows what kind of grandmother they want me to play.’ I’m used to being [told] I’m going to be the extra or the old prostitute. And then they said the director was Chloé Zhao, and I said, ‘Okay! Let’s have the meeting!'” Salma Hayek is playing Ajak, a character who originally was a man with fatherly characteristics, but when the cast was officially announced, the actress announced to the fans on social media that well, things change for good. “I’m so excited to join the Marvel family as Ajak, the mother of all Eternals,” she wrote. “It used to be the father of all Eternals, but girls … this is OUR time!!!!”

In a separate interview, Hayek, who is 54 years old, said that no one would cast her as a heroine because of her age and her nationality (she is Mexican). “It never crossed my mind to be in a Marvel movie, I guess that I thought that boat had sailed, and it was an absolute shock...It’s kind of hard to be an action hero if you’re Mexican. It’s really hard to be an action hero if you’re a Mexican and a woman. But to be an action hero, being Mexican, a woman, and my age, it felt like they were punking me."

Talking to Variety she also reflected on the same issue but stated that the whole experience was empowering. "It really moved me. …They told me early in my career, 'It's never going to happen for you here.'" But now, the Mexican-American actress is "representing." "It's not because I'm putting on an outfit but we get the right to be superheroes today," she said. "I'm also 54. So there was something really moving, not just for me, but for everything, all the different stereotypes. She's not sexy. You know what I'm saying? She's not sexy at all." “The Eternals” is set to be the first movie in Phase Four of the MCU and is scheduled to premiere in theaters on Nov. 5.

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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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