11 Things You Didn’t Know About Salma Hayek
Actress Salma Hayek is like Hollywood royalty. She’s been doing the Hollywood thing for over two decades and she’s also branched out into directing and producing. She’s definitely a force to be reckoned with! She’s about to turn 50 – and she still looks like she isn’t a day past 30 – so we figured we’d celebrate with 11 facts fans of hers probably don’t know about her!
Salma Hayek Jiménez was born into an affluent family in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico. Her father, Sami Hayek, was a Lebanese oil company executive and owner of an industrial-equipment firm and her mother, Diana, was a Spanish opera singer who funded a music program for children for lower income families. At the age of 12, she was sent to the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, Louisiana and then briefly attended Universidad Iberoamericana, a university in Mexico City, where she studied International Relations.
10. Soap Star
After briefly attending university, the Oscar-nominated actress dropped out to pursue an acting career. Her first role was a small part in a Mexican soap opera, Nuevo Amanecer (New Dawn). The following year, she landed the title role in the soap opera Teresa, which made her a star in Mexico, and earned her an Ariel Award nomination for her performance.