Actress Salma Hayek spent the lead up to her 50th birthday “whining” after failing to score the day off work.
The Mexican star marked the milestone on 2 September (16), while shooting new film comedy Beatriz at Dinner, but she was worried filming would overrun and she would be late to her own party, which had been organized for that night.
“I was really whining that I had to work on my 50th birthday,” she said during an appearance on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America. “I mean, I was grateful that I’m still working at 50, because that’s a miracle in my profession, but I was like, ‘Really? It’s my huge party, I don’t wanna be late for that!'”
However, director Miguel Arteta had an ulterior motive for making Salma work on her special day, after organizing a surprise celebration on set.
“I arrived with two friends that came from Mexico,” she recalled. “I said, ‘Come with me to work, it’s my birthday!’ And I showed up and they (the crew members) had (booked a) mariachi (band) for me, it was so nice.”
Salma ended up having a blast at work on her big day, and even had a little fun with a female producer after discovering her concerns about the political correctness behind booking a mariachi band.
“The director told me, ‘You know, one of the producers was terrified because when we proposed (the idea of) the mariachi, she said, ‘Is that politically correct? She (Salma) is gonna think we’re being racist!”
“She was so nervous so we played a joke for (sic) her and I called her up in my trailer and I said, ‘Listen, thank you for the gesture, but mariachi? Really? What’s for lunch? Tacos?’ I said, ‘That’s a little bit racist!’ And she was terrified!”
But Salma didn’t let the prank drag on, and quickly made it clear she was only joking to put the producer at ease.
“I said, ‘Nah, I’m just kidding!’,” she laughed.
Beatriz at Dinner, which also features John Lithgow, Chloe Sevigny, and Connie Britton, hits U.S. theaters this week (ends09Jun17).