Salma Hayek Jiménez was born in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico. Her breakthrough role was in the 2002 film Frida, as Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Hayek’s subsequent films include Grown Ups, Puss in Boots, Grownups 2, Tale of Tales, The Hitman’s Bodyguard and Like a Boss.
About Salma Hayek in brief
Salma Hayek Jiménez was born in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico. Her breakthrough role was in the 2002 film Frida, as Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, for which she was nominated for Best Actress for the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award. Hayek’s subsequent films include Grown Ups, Puss in Boots, Grownups 2, Tale of Tales, The Hitman’s Bodyguard and Like a Boss. She also guest-starred on the NBC comedy series 30 Rock from 2009 to 2013. In 2017, she was Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her role in Beatriz at Dinner. She has also appeared in Once Upon a Time in Mexico, the final film in the Mariachi Trilogy, and Once Upon A Time In Mexico: The Mariachi Tragedy, which was released in 2002. Her father, Sami Hayek Domínguez, is a Lebanese Mexican, hailing from the city of Baabdat, Lebanon, a city Salma and her father visited in 2015 to promote her movie Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet. In an interview in 2015 with Un Nuevo Día while visiting Madrid, Hayek described herself as fifty-percent Lebanese and 50-percent Spanish, stating that her grandmothermaternal great-grandparents were from Spain.
She was raised in a wealthy, devout Catholic family, and at age 12 was sent to the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, Louisiana. She attended university at the Universidad Iberoamericana where she studied International Relations. In 1991 Hayek moved to Los Angeles to pursue a film career, and to study acting under Stella Adler, having limited fluency in English, and dyslexia. She landed the title role in Teresa, a successful Mexican telenovela that made her a star in Mexico. In 2000, she costarred in Will Smith’s Wild Wild West. In 2003, she reprised her role from Desperado in Once upon a time in Mexico by appearing in the film Once Upon an Time in Time by Alfred Mol Molina. Her first feature as a producer was 1999’s El Coronel No Coronel Quonel No Quene Quien Quien No Quien, which she produced through Ventanarosa, through which she produces television projects and television shows. She won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a ChildrenYouthFamily Special for The Maldonado Miracle in 2004, and received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for Ugly Betty.