Salma Hayek Pinault (born September 2, 1966) is a Mexican-American film actress, director, producer and former model. She began her career in Mexico starring in the telenovela Teresa and went on to star in the film El Callejón de los Milagros (Miracle Alley) for which she was nominated for an Ariel Award. In 1991 Hayek moved to Hollywood and came to prominence with roles in Hollywood movies such as Desperado (1995), Dogma (1999), and Wild Wild West (1999).
Her breakthrough role was in the 2002 film Frida as Mexican painter Frida Kahlo for which she was nominated in the category of Best Actress for an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Golden Globe Award. This movie received widespread attention and was a critical and commercial success.
She won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children/Youth/Family Special in 2004 for The Maldonado Miracle and received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2007 after guest-starring in the ABC television comedy-drama Ugly Betty. She also guest-starred on the NBC comedy series 30 Rock from 2009 to 2013.
Hayek’s recent films include Grown Ups (2010), Puss in Boots (2011), Grown Ups 2 (2013), and Tale of Tales (2015).
Hayek was born Salma Hayek Jiménez in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico. Her younger brother, Sami (born 1972), is a furniture designer. She is the daughter of Diana Jiménez Medina, an opera singer and talent scout. Her father is Sami Hayek Dominguez, who once ran for mayor of Coatzacoalcos. He has been described as being either an oil company executive or the owner of an industrial-equipment firm.
Her paternal grandfather was from the village of Baabdat, Lebanon where Salma and her father visited in 2015. She also is of Spanish descent with her grandmother and maternal great-grandparents being from Spain. Her first given name, Salma, is Arabic for “peace” or “calm”.
Raised in a wealthy, devout Roman Catholic family, she was sent to the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, Louisiana USA, at the age of twelve. As a teen, she was diagnosed with dyslexia. She attended university in Mexico City, where she studied International Relations at the Universidad Iberoamericana.
At the age of 23, Hayek landed the title role in Teresa (1989), a successful Mexican telenovela that made her a star in Mexico. In 1994, Hayek starred in the film El Callejón de los Milagros (Miracle Alley), which has won more awards than any other movie in the history of Mexican cinema.
For her performance, Hayek was nominated for an Ariel Award.
Early Hollywood acting work
Hayek moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1991 to study acting under Stella Adler. She had limited fluency in English, and dyslexia. Robert Rodriguez, and his producer and then-wife, Elizabeth Avellan, soon gave Hayek a starring role opposite Antonio Banderas in 1995’s Desperado. She followed her role in Desperado with a brief role as a vampire queen in From Dusk till Dawn, in which she performed a table-top snake dance.
Hayek had a starring role opposite Matthew Perry in the 1997 romantic comedy Fools Rush In. In 1999 she co-starred in Will Smith’s big-budget Wild Wild West, and played a supporting role in Kevin Smith’s Dogma. In 2000 Hayek had an uncredited acting part opposite Benicio del Toro in Traffic. In 2003, she reprised her role from Desperado by appearing in Once Upon a Time in Mexico, the final film of the Mariachi Trilogy
|1993||Mi Vida Loca||Gata|
|1995||El Callejón de los Milagros||Alma||(Midaq Alley) Spanish-language
Nominated—Ariel Award for Best Actress
|1995||Desperado||Carolina||Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (Shared with Antonio Banderas)
|1995||Four Rooms||TV Dancing Girl|
|1996||From Dusk till Dawn||Santanico Pandemonium|
|1996||Follow Me Home||Betty|
|1997||Fools Rush In||Isabel Fuentes||Nominated—Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film|
|1998||54||Anita||Nominated—Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film|
|1998||The Velocity of Gary||Mary Carmen||Producer|
|1998||The Faculty||Nurse Harper|
|1999||Dogma||Serendipity||Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress|
|1999||El Coronel No Tiene Quien Le Escriba||Julia||(No One Writes to the Colonel)
|1999||Wild Wild West||Rita Escobar||Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress – Action
Nominated—Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film
Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
|2000||La Gran Vida||Lola||(Living it Up) Spanish-language|
|2000||Chain of Fools||Sgt. Meredith Kolko||Direct-to-video release|
|2001||In the Time of the Butterflies||Minerva Mirabal|
Golden Camera for Best International Actress
Imagen Award for Best Actress – Film
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
|2003||Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over||Francesca Giggles|
|2003||Once Upon a Time in Mexico||Carolina|
|2003||V-Day: Until the Violence Stops||herself|
|2004||After the Sunset||Lola Cirillo|
|2006||Ask the Dust||Camilla Lopez|
|2006||Lonely Hearts||Martha Beck||Nominated—San Sebastián International Film Festival Award for Best Actress|
|2007||Across the Universe||Bang Bang Shoot Shoot Nurses|
|2009||Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant||Madame Truska|
|2011||Puss in Boots||Kitty Softpaws||(Voice)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Action
|2011||Americano||Lola||Nominated—San Sebastián International Film Festival Award for Best Actress|
|2011||La chispa de la vida||Luisa||Nominated—Goya Award for Best Actress|
|2012||The Pirates! Band of Misfits||Cutlass Liz||(Voice)|
|2012||Here Comes the Boom||Bella Flores|
|2013||Grown Ups 2||Roxanne Chase-Feder||Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress|
|2014||Muppets Most Wanted||Herself|
|2015||Some Kind of Beautiful||Olivia||Direct-to-VOD|
|2015||Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet||Kamila||Voice only, producer|
|2015||Septembers of Shiraz||Farnez||Filming|
|2015||Tale of Tales||Queen of Longtrellis|
|2016||Sausage Party||Theresa Taco||Voice only, filming|
|1988||Un Nuevo Amanecer||Spanish-language telenovela|
|1992||Dream On||Carmela||October 10; episode “Domestic Bliss”|
|1993||The Sinbad Show||Gloria Contreras||recurring character|
|1994||El Vuelo del Águila||Juana Cata||Spanish-language telenovela|
|1997||The Hunchback||Esmeralda||Nominated—ALMA Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series in a Crossover Role|
|1997||Gente Bien||Teresa||guest star; Spanish-language telenovela|
|2001||In the Time of the Butterflies||Minerva Mirabal||Producer; feature
Nominated—ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor/Actress in a Made for Television Movie or Miniseries
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association for Best Actress in a Picture Made for Television
|2003||The Maldonado Miracle||Feature; producer, director. Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children/Youth/Family Special|
|2003||Saturday Night Live||Guest Host||March 15|
|Ugly Betty||Sofia Reyes/Nurse in Telenovela||Executive producer (85 episodes) and guest star
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series — 2007
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series — 2007
Nominated—Producers Guild of America Television Producer of the Year Award
|30 Rock||Elisa Pedrera||guest star|
- Was a member of the 2005 Cannes Film Festival jury.
- Co-hosted the annual Nobel Peace Prize concert with Julianne Moore in Oslo, Norway on December 11, 2005.