Salma Hayek

Actor, Producer, Director
Salma Hayek first scorched stateside cineplexes as the fiery border town bookseller who romances Antonio Banderas' vengeful "mariachi" in "Desperado" (1995). A favorite of the film's renegade writer-director Robert ... Read more »
Born: 09/01/1966 in Coastzacoalcos, Veracruz, MX

Filmography

Actor (102)

How to Make Love Like an Englishman 2015 (Movie)

Olivia (Actor)

The Septembers of Shiraz 2015 (Movie)

Farnaz (Actor)

Muppets Most Wanted 2014 (Movie)

(Herself)

Sian Ka'an 2014 (Movie)

Voice of Maria (Actor)

The Tale of Tales 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

30 Rock 2009, 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

As Luck Would Have It 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Everly 2013 (Movie)

Everly (Actor)

Girl Rising 2013 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Grown Ups 2 2013 (Movie)

Roxanne Chase-Feder (Actor)

Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet 2013 (Movie)

(Voice)

Khalil Gibran's The Prophet 2013 (Movie)

Kamila (Actor)

Sellebrity 2013 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The 2013 Independent Spirit Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 85th Annual Academy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Women's Concert for Change: Live From London 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Americano 2012 (Movie)

Lola (Actor)

Here Comes the Boom 2012 (Movie)

Bella Flores (Actor)

Jack's Place 1992 - 1994, 2004 - 2007, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Savages 2012 (Movie)

Elena (Actor)

The 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Graham Norton Show 1992 - 1994, 2004 - 2007, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2009, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Pirates! Band of Misfits 2012 (Movie)

Cutlass Liz (Voice)

Ugly Betty 1992 - 1994, 2004 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Puss In Boots 2011 (Movie)

Kitty Softpaws (Voice)

Dora: The Girl Heard 'Round the World 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Grown Ups 2010 (Movie)

Roxanne Chase-Feder (Actor)

The 2009 Alma Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

2009 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Special 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant 2009 (Movie)

Madame Truska (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel's Big Night of Stars 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 66th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Across the Universe 2007 (Movie)

Singing Nurse (Actor)

Lonely Hearts 2007 (Movie)

Martha Beck (Actor)

Nurses 1992 - 1994, 2004 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Punk'd 1993 - 1994, 2004 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Ask the Dust 2006 (Movie)

Camilla Lopez (Actor)

The 78th Annual Academy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Bandidas 2005 (Movie)

Sara (Actor)

The 77th Annual Academy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

After the Sunset 2004 (Movie)

Lola Cirillo (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2004 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Oscar Countdown 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Until the Violence Stops 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Hotel 2003 (Movie)

Charlee Boux (Actor)

Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003 (Movie)

Carolina (Actor)

Searching for Debra Winger 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over 2003 (Movie)

Cesca Giggles (Actor)

The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Frida 2002 (Movie)

Frida Kahlo (Actor)

In the Time of the Butterflies 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 7th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Concert For New York City 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

My VH1 Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

6th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Academy Awards Pre-Show 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Action 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Chain of Fools 2000 (Movie)

Sargeant Meredith Kolko (Actor)

La Gran Vida 2000 (Movie)

Lola (Actor)

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Timecode 2000 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

Dogma 1999 (Movie)

Serendipity (Actor)

GQ Men of the Year Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Get Bruce 1999 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

No One Writes to the Colonel 1999 (Movie)

Julia (Actor)

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 MTV Video Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 MTV Movie Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Velocity of Gary (Not His Real Name) 1999 (Movie)

Mary Carmen (Actor)

Wild Wild West 1999 (Movie)

Rita Escobar (Actor)

54 1998 (Movie)

Anita (Actor)

Forever Hollywood 1998 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Midaq Alley 1998 (Movie)

Alma (Actor)

Sun, Salsa & Stars 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Faculty 1998 (Movie)

Nurse Harper (Actor)

Breaking Up 1997 (Movie)

Monica (Actor)

Fools Rush In 1997 (Movie)

Isabel (Actor)

The 18th Annual CableACE Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1997 MTV Movie Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Fled 1996 (Movie)

Cora (Actor)

From Dusk Till Dawn 1996 (Movie)

Santanico Pandemonium (Actor)

The Hunchback 1996 (Movie)

Esmeralda (Actor)

Desperado 1995 (Movie)

Carolina (Actor)

Fair Game 1995 (Movie)

Rita (Actor)

Four Rooms 1995 (Movie)

TV Dancing Girl (Actor)

Mi Vida Loca - My Crazy Life 1994 (Movie)

Gata (Actor)

The Sinbad Show 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

La Banda (Movie)

(Actor)

Los Angeles Now (TV Show)

Actor

Roadracers (TV Show)

Actor
Music (5)

Hotel 2003 (Movie)

("Charlee Boux") (Song)

Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003 (Movie)

("Seinte Mi Amor") (Song Performer)

Frida 2002 (Movie)

("El Cascabel" Son Jarocho Tradicional) (Song Performer)

54 1998 (Movie)

("Lamento Borincano") (Song Performer)

Desperado 1995 (Movie)

("Quedate Aqui") (Song Performer)
Producer (2)

Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Frida 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (1)

The Maldonado Miracle 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Director

Biography

Salma Hayek first scorched stateside cineplexes as the fiery border town bookseller who romances Antonio Banderas' vengeful "mariachi" in "Desperado" (1995). A favorite of the film's renegade writer-director Robert Rodriguez, the former telenovela star from Mexico gained a foothold in the American movie business in independent film and as a favorite on men's magazines "Sexiest" lists. Spokesmodel work for cosmetics companies further banked on her hourglass figure and smoldering on-screen charisma, but Hayek proved to have far bigger ambitions than to be another piece of Hollywood eye candy. Among her biggest box office hits was a leading role in the Will Smith summer blockbuster "Wild Wild West" (1999), though her most acclaimed performance was her Academy Award-nominated starring role as Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in "Frida" (2002), which Hayek, as producer, worked for years to bring to the big screen. She went on to earn significant respect for executive producing the ABC comedy "Ugly Betty" (2006- ), which she helped adapt from its original format as a daily Columbian soap, and earned a Daytime Emmy for directing the family film "The Maldonado Miracle" (2003) for Showtime. Hayek valiantly tried to translate both her looks and intelligence into worthy film roles with varying degrees of success. However, it was her instincts as producer and director which earned consistent accolades.

Relationships

Edward Atterton Actor

Companion
Met during filming of TV-movie "The Hunchback" (TNT, 1997) Dated from 1997-99

Richard Anthony Crenna Actor

Companion
Met in an acting class in 1991 Briefly engaged No longer together

Sami Dominguez

Father
Lebanese; ran for mayor of Coatzacoalcos, Mexico in 1997

Diana Hayek

Mother
Mexican

Sami Hayek

Brother
Younger Ran a design firm in Hollywood; clients included Louis Vuitton, Brad Pitt, and the Mexican Government

Josh Lucas Actor

Companion
Began dating in August 2003 Split September 2004

Edward Norton Actor

Companion
Began dating in 1999 Rumored to be engaged as of January 2003, but they never confirmed Split in June 2003

Valentia Pinault

Daughter
Born Sept. 21, 2007; father, François-Henri Pinault

François-Henri Pinault

Husband
Announced their engagement in March 2007 after it was revealed she was expecting a child Called off engagement in July 2008, but reconciled a few months later Married Feb. 14, 2009 in a civil ceremony in Paris, France; once again exchanged vows in a ceremony in Venice, Italy that was attended by some 150 friends and family

EDUCATION

Stella Adler Conservatory

Los Angeles , California
Studied Shakespeare to improve her English

Attended a Catholic school in Texas for two years in her early teens before being expelled

National University of Mexico

Left to attend acting classes

Milestones

2012

Featured in Oliver Stone’s ensemble crime drama "Savages"

2012

Voiced Cutlass Liz in the animated adventure "Pirates! Band of Misfits"

2012

Co-starred with Kevin James in action comedy "Here Comes the Boom"

2011

Voiced the animated character Kitty Softpaws in the "Shrek" spin-off "Puss in Boots"

2010

Appeared in the ensemble comedy "Grown Ups," about five friends who reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend; film starred Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schneider

2009

Cast as the bearded lady Madame Truska in the feature adaptation of "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant"

2007

Signed a two-year overall production deal with ABC in which she and partner Jose Tamez will develop new projects for the studio through their company, Ventanarosa Productions

2006

Cast opposite Colin Farrell in the Robert Towne-directed adaptation of John Fante's Depression Era novel "Ask the Dust"

2006

Co-starred with Penelope Cruz as two bank robbers in "Bandidas"

2006

Produced the ABC series "Ugly Betty"; also guest starred on several episodes; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

2004

Co-starred with Pierce Brosnan and Woody Harrelson in "After the Sunset"

2004

Signed on as spokeswoman for Avon's makeup and fragrance lines

2003

Cast as the female lead in "Once Upon A Time In Mexico"

2002

Portrayed the title role in "Frida," a biopic of artist Frida Kahlo, directed by Julie Taymor and produced by Hayek; earned Golden Globe, BAFTA, SAG and Oscar nominations for her performance

2001

Reteamed with Figgis for "Hotel"

2001

Executive produced and starred in the Showtime original "In the Time of the Butterflies"

2000

Made cameo appearance in Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic"

2000

Played featured role in "Timecode," director Mike Figgis' four-screen digital feature

1999

Signed agreement with Sony to create TV programs in both Spanish (for Telemundo) and English (for Columbia TriStar TV)

1999

Cast as female lead in Barry Sonnenfeld's "Wild Wild West"

1998

Landed featured role as a coat-check girl with aspirations to be a singer in "54"

1997

Signed contract to act as spokesperson for Revlon cosmetics

1995

Breakthrough Hollywood feature role, co-starring opposite Antonio Banderas in Rodriguez's "Desperado"

1995

Returned to Mexico to play a lead in "Midaq Alley/El Callejon de los Milagros"

1994

U.S. TV-movie debut, "Roadracers," a segment of Showtime's "Rebel Highway" series; first collaboration with filmmaker Robert Rodriguez

1993

U.S. feature debut, Alison Anders' "Mi Vida Loca/My Crazy Life"

1993

Played a recurring role on the Fox family series "The Sinbad Show"

1992

First U.S. TV guest spots included "Nurses" (NBC) and "Dream On" (HBO)

1991

Stopped acting for a year-and-a-half to study English

1991

Left Mexico at the height of her popularity and moved to Los Angeles, CA

1989

Mexican TV series debut, "Nuevo Amancer"

1989

Won stardom as "Teresa" in the hugely popular Mexican primetime serial

1980

At age 12, told her father she would "go on strike" and fail all her classes if he did not allow her to go to school in America

Raised in Coatzacaolcos, Mexico

Sent to a Catholic school in Texas; studied for two years before being expelled

Formed Ventanarosa Productions

Bonus Trivia

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"I'll get married when I find a man who has more COJONES [balls] than I do." – Hayek to Paul Young in Buzz, August 1995

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"I'm going to do the kinds of roles I want to be doing and give up the sexier parts. People may not want me as much in those kinds of roles. I may not be as popular, but that's the price you pay, and, right now, I'm willing to pay the price. Of course, I'm still young, and I could find what I really want is to be popular and to just keep wearing dresses slit up to there, you know?" – Hayek quoted in Movieline, January 1997

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"I have gotten a lot more attention than some of the other women that I find incredibly beautiful. And this has happened to me ever since I was a girl, when I was flat, had no teeth, was skinny and small as I could be. I always got more attention than anyone else. If I hadn't, I would have made sure I did. But there is also a relationship some people can establish with the camera that others can't. It's got nothing to do with talent. It's nothing you've earned. I learned in Mexico that the lens likes me, but I kept thinking, 'I'm famous, but am I good?' It wasn't enough for me to be famous. Now, I'm trying more and more to be good at what I do." – Hayek in Movieline, January 1997

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"I aim for a lifetime full of movies. I want to work for a long, long time and keep growing in my work, and if I am very lucky and very blessed, maybe somewhere along the line there will be one movie in there that becomes a classic." – Hayek in Interview, February 1997

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"To dream big doesn't necessarily mean to imagine becoming the biggest movie star in the world. Dreaming big is about taking the simplest thing in life and enjoying it, and seeing it as the biggest thing that can possibly exist." – Hayek quoted to O Magazine, September 2003

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"Men who are too vain turn me off. They're posing and trying so hard to impress you that you don't feel like you are ever with them. I can't speak for all women, but what I want from a man is honesty and partnership." – Hayek to InStyle, September 2003

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"If I wasn't the way I am I would have stopped working a long time ago. It's the difference between sitting down and complaining about things or getting up and doing something about them." – Hayek on how she takes charge of her career, to Empire, July 2006

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