2023-12-01

Selma Hayek
  • Faith: Spirituality
  • Career: Actress
  • Birthday:  September 02, 1966
  • Accomplishments:  Emmy Winner

Salma Hayek is a film producer and actress. She started her career in Mexico with starring roles in the telenovela "Teresa" and the romantic drama "Midaq Alley." She soon established herself in Hollywood with appearances in movies like "Desperado,” "From Dusk Til Dawn,” "Wild Wild West," and "Dogma."

Her portrayal of painter Frida Kahlo in the biopic "Frida," which she also produced, made her the first Mexican actress to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. In the later years, Hayek focused more on producing while starring in films like "Once Upon a Time in Mexico,” "After the Sunset," and "Bandidas." Hayek achieved further commercial success in comedies like "Grown Ups,” "Grown Ups 2," and "The Hitman's Bodyguard." She also lent her voice for the animated "Puss in Boots" and "Sausage Party."

Hayek also earned critical acclaim for her performances in the dramas "Tale of Tales,” "Beatriz at Dinner," and "House of Gucci." She played Ajak in the Marvel film "Eternals," which emerged as her highest-grossing live-action film. Hayek's producing, directing, and acting work on television has earned her four Emmy Award nominations. She won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children's Special for "The Maldonado Miracle" and received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations, one for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series and the other for Oustanding Comedy Series for her work on the ABC series "Ugly Betty."

Hayek also produced and played Minerva Mirabal in the Showtime movie "In the Time of the Butterflies" and guest-starred on the NBC comedy series "30 Rock." As a public figure, Hayek has been cited as one of Hollywood's most powerful and influential Latina actresses, as well as one of the world's most beautiful women by various media outlets. In 2023, TIME Magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She married business magnate Francois-Henri Pinault, and they share a daughter.

What religion is Salma Hayek?

Hayek was raised in a wealthy, devout Catholic family. When she was 12, she opted to study at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, Louisiana. However, now she calls herself spiritual over religious. In an interview discussing her animated film "The Prophet," Hayek said, ''I am a spiritual person, but I am not a religious spiritual person. I don't want anyone giving rules to my relationship with God. Sometimes, I find spirituality in art or science because it's about discovering the source of who we are. Spirituality is about creation and the exploration of the unknown."

She continued, ''I was brought up as a Catholic, and I have respect for it, and I got a lot of good things out of it. I believe in values that are very similar to Catholicism. I also like this Pope very much. I really like him!''


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