Trivia

  • Was in attendance at the wedding of Reese Witherspoon to Jim Toth (26 March 2011).
  • Won Best Newcomer at the 1989 Novela Awards for Un nuevo amanecer (1988).
  • E! entertainment voted her look at the 1997 Academy Awards one of the 5 most memorable in Oscar history. At the event she wore a beaded Armani gown complemented by a 1920s diamond tiara.
  • Her parents are Sami Hayek Dominguez (oil company executive) and Diana Jiménez Medina (opera singer).
  • Named #34 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 in 2005, then #90 in 2007. She was also ranked #12 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World" in the 2005 special supplement , and then #36 the following year.
  • They called off their engagement in July 2008, but then after months of speculation about whether they were still a couple, Salma and Pinault married in a secret ceremony on Valentine's Day 2009 in the city hall of the Second Arrondissement in Paris.
  • Announced engagement on March 9, 2007 to Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of the luxury goods company PPR SA. On Sept. 21, she and Pinault gave birth to their first child, daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault. Pinault has a son Francois (b. 1998) and a daughter Mathilde (b. 2001) from his first marriage to Dorothée Lepère, and a son, Augustin James (born 2006) from his relationship to Linda Evangelista.
  • Is dyslexic and has combined type ADHD.
  • Played a (mythological creature disguised as a) stripper twice: in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) and in Dogma (1999) (A Vampire and a Muse respectively).
  • Was considered for the part of Alicia Larde in A Beautiful Mind (2001). In real life, Alicia was from El Salvador. The character in the film was later changed to American-born, and given to Jennifer Connelly.
  • In 2009, musician Prince included a song on his CD "Lotus Flow3r/MPLSound" that is about Salma Hayek. The song shares the same name as her daughter, Valentina.
  • Was ranked 8th of the 100 Sexiest Women by FHM Taiwan (2001).
  • Her brother, Sami, designs custom chairs. His celebrity clients include Jennifer Aniston and her ex-husband, Brad Pitt.
  • Frequently collaborates with Antonio Banderas and Robert Rodriguez, and is godmother to Rodriguez's children.
  • Ranked #31 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" (2002).
  • Visited Guatemala from 2 May 2005 to 5 May 2005 as ambassador to Youth/AIDS, to promote the prevention of the mortal disease. Ashley Judd and Colombian pop singer Juanes also came with her.
  • Her spokeswoman is Jillian Roscoe.
  • Studied international relations & drama at college in Mexico City.
  • Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2005
  • Salma's paternal grandparents, Elias Hayek Labahi and Adela Dominguez, were both of Lebanese descent (Adela's family's surname was originally "Hid"). Salma's mother's family is of Mexican/Spanish descent. Salma is fluent in Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, and English.
  • She was sent to a boarding school in Louisiana at age 12, but was soon sent back home after getting in trouble for frequently terrorizing the nuns!
  • Is the second Latin American actress to be nominated for the Best Actress in a Leading Role Academy Award, for her performance in Frida (2002). Brazilian veteran Fernanda Montenegro was the first, for Central Station (1998).
  • Returned to work 5 months after giving birth to her daughter Valentina in order to begin filming Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009).
  • Salma is an Arabic name that means "peace" or "calm".
  • Has her own production company, Ventanarosa.
  • Recently diagnosed with diabetes while pregnant (July 2007).
  • She and Francois Henri Pinault renewed their vows at Venice's Teatro La Fenice opera house in late April 2009 with 150 guests present. Among them were Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Charlize Theron, Stuart Townsend', Woody Harrelson, Hayek's ex-boyfriend Edward Norton, French president Jacques Chirac, Lucy Liu, Ashley Judd, Antonio Banderas, Anna Wintour, Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Bono and Stella McCartney.
  • Good friend of Penélope Cruz, Ashley Judd and Valeria Golino.
  • Was named one of the ten most stylish women in the world by Mr. Blackwell (aka Richard Selzer) in 1997. InStyle named her the most stylish celebrity of 2003 and Eonline.com ranked her as the best dressed female celebrity.
  • Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world in 1996, 2003 and 2008.
  • As the announcer for the Oscars 2007, she was able to announce best friend Penélope Cruz' nominations for Best Actress for Volver (2006).
  • Welcomed her first child, daughter Valentina Paloma. [September 2007]

Quotes

  • What works in a relationship of very public people is not making the relationship public - keeping it as personal as it can be. It's the only way it is real. I am suspicious of those who have to let the world know how much they love each other. It's a little sad when you have to brag about how much you love someone. That kind of declaration doesn't always reflect the moment of truth between two people who care deeply for each other. When that truth is there, you don't need others to know it. And when somebody truly loves you, you don't even need him or her to be affectionate. Affection is fantastic, but it doesn't necessarily mean there's love - and the public display of affection is often just a show. When you open a door for others to have an opinion on your relationship, it can be dangerous. Find what you need, not what everyone else wants for you. Women have been taught that in order to have a place in the world, an identity, they must marry and have children. If that's the life you truly want, great. But for many women, marriage is only about needing the world to know that someone desires them enough to say, "Here's a contract to prove that I love you and will commit to you for the rest of my life." For these women, no contract equals no validation - and, thus, no reason for existing.
  • [on being pregnant] You are like a swollen whale and never looked worse in your life. And somebody goes, 'You're glowing.' They don't have the courage to tell you how bad you look.
  • If a man lets all of my dogs sleep in the bed with us, then that is the most romantic thing. You must love my dogs in order to love me. A man who is nice to my animals and doesn't shoo them away - well, that's the height of romance.
  • In my world, you have to be so beautiful, so skinny, so rich, so famous and I don't believe you really have to be any of those things. You simply have to be who you are. I do have thighs and a butt. I have cellulite. Don't be too impressed with me. Don't try to dress like me or wear your hair like mine. Find your own style. Don't spend your savings trying to be someone else. You're not more important, smarter, or prettier because you wear a designer dress. I get them free and I'm too lazy to go out and look for my own. I, a rich girl from Mexico, came here with designer clothes. And one day, when I was starving in an apartment in Los Angeles, I looked at my Chanel blouses and said, 'If only I could pay the rent with one of these.'
  • If I go on a diet and work out, I'm always in a bad mood. I'd rather be a little heavier but nice.-quoted in Woman's Day 8-15-06 issue.
  • About Madonna: "She always paid attention to the Latin community. I was grateful somebody like her appreciated our culture" (InStyle magazine, Sept 2006).
  • You've got to take who you are and love who you are and do the best you can with what you've got. It goes for the figure, and it goes for everything else.
  • At the beginning [my career] was hard. People were like, 'Who is this Mexican jumping bean?'
  • It sounds trite to go after men who are nice but when you've been hurt a lot it becomes appealing.
  • I act tall!" "But look how short I am...I can't even act to be tall. I'm five-two. I can't even create the illusion that I am tall!
  • I keep waiting to meet a man who has more balls than I do.
  • "In my twenties I was offered lots of parts where there wasn't much to do but act sexy. I still get offered those roles - but now I take it as a compliment."Woman's World (7-11-06)
  • "I don't believe in the so-called Latino explosion when it comes to movies. Jennifer Lopez doesn't have an accent. She grew up in New York speaking English not Spanish. Her success is very important because she represents a different culture, but it doesn't help me. I grew up in Mexico, not the US, and the fact is that there just aren't any parts for Latin actresses. I have to persuade people that my accent won't be a problem, but an asset. Everyone's afraid of doing something a bit risky. Everyone wants a $200 million hit and anything they think might get in the way of that kind of success is considered a liability".
  • What worries me the most is that most men are so weak. Because of that they act like they don't care and like machos - because they are too fragile inside. They're scared of confrontation and afraid of so many things. And because of this they build up their life so they have to deal with their feelings as little as possible. I find feminine men unbelievably sexy. But most men are completely incapable of getting in touch with their feminine side. What am I supposed to talk about with a man who doesn't know what it's like to be a woman?

Trademarks

  • Curvaceous, buxom figure
  • Often plays strong-willed, independent women
  • Seductive deep voice

Nicknames

  • 셀마 헤이엑