7 things you probably didn’t know about Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek wearing a white gown at the 2020 Oscars.
Salma Hayek arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Becoming a gymnast was Hayek’s childhood dream.
Salma Hayek wearing a lavender dress at the premiere of 'Lethal Weapon 4.'
Salma Hayek at the premiere of ‘Lethal Weapon 4’ in 1998. Chris Pizzello/AP
“I fell in love with the sport, but there were no classes, nobody else was doing it, and I was teaching myself,” Hayek said during a 2017 appearance on “Live With Kelly and Ryan.”

The actress said that at 9 years old, she “begged” her dad to take her to a gym in Mexico City for the summer.

“I was there two months and I was so focused and so good,” she said. “At that age, I got drafted for the Olympic team. However, that would mean that I would have to be in a boarding school, six hours a day of gymnastics and they do the studies. And I would have to be away from my family because it’s in Mexico City, and my father said no.”

“My Olympic dream died there,” Hayek added.

Hayek was expelled from a Catholic boarding school in New Orleans at 12 years old because of the pranks she pulled.
Salma Hayek wearing a red dress at the premiere of 'Desperado.'
Salma Hayek at the premiere of ‘Desperado’ in 1995. Jim Smeal/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images
“I was ingenious,” Hayek told Town & Country in 2019. “I always had a sense of humor, but there was a naïveté in the naughtiness.”

In a 2014 interview with The Wrap, the “Eternals” star elaborated on some of the pranks she’d play on the other students. Hayek said that the American girls would wake up early in the morning to put makeup on and curl their hair, meanwhile she “wanted to sleep until the last minute.”

One day, Hayek decided to set the clocks back an hour earlier to mess with the other students.

“I laughed for about two hours,” she said, adding that she got detention and “got creative” there too. 

Chachi Arcola from “Happy Days,” played by Scott Baio, was her first celebrity crush.
Scott Baio wearing an armless orange shirt on 'Happy Days.'
Scott Baio as Chachi on ‘Happy Days.’ ABC
The American sitcom ran for 11 seasons from 1974 to 1984. Hayek revealed the fun fact during an interview with the Associated Press

 

Hayek’s first-ever audition was for the role of Jasmine in a children’s play of “Aladdin” in her home country of Mexico.
Aladdin jasmine
Jasmine and Aladdin in ‘s ‘Aladdin.’ Disney
“I was 18. I had to sing and I have stage fright,” she told W magazine of playing the Disney princess. “It was a horrible experience – I got the job, but the work was a nightmare. I really suffered every day.”
She wore temporary tattoos at the 1998 MTV Music Video Awards because designers wouldn’t loan her jewelry at the time.
Salma Hayek wearing a strapless black dress and waving at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards.
Salma Hayek at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards. Kevin Mazur/WireImage
In an interview with Vogue India, Hayek opened up about her difficulty with finding designers to dress her or give her jewelry to were for public appearances early in her career.

“I had on a very simple black dress and I knew all the other girls were going to have fabulous dresses, beautiful jewelry,” she said. “And can I tell you something? Instead of giving me a complex and saying that I don’t have the best dress or they don’t know who I am, I was like, ‘I am fabulous.’ I painted some butterfly tattoos on myself and I felt happy about myself.”

“Creativity is everything,” she told InStyle in 2021. 

 

She got a pet rescue owl for her husband, Francois-Henri Pinault, and named it after his luxury goods brand Kering.
Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault posing at a red carpet in July 2021.
Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault on July 11, 2021. Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP
Hayek told People that she saw an ad and got the owl as a Valentine’s Day gift for Pinault.

In addition to Kering, the actress has several pets, including, dogs, horses, alpacas, bunnies, and chickens. Hayek has an animal sanctuary and most of her pets are rescues, some of which she found homeless on the streets. 

“I love animals, all kinds of animals,” she told Ellen DeGeneres in 2021. 

 

Her hidden talent is that she’s good at Sudoku.
Salma Hayek wearing a sparkling blue dress in February 2020.
Salma Hayek in February 2020. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
“I breastfed for 14 months, and my God, that baby could not get enough all night. I didn’t sleep for like a year,” Hayek, who has a daughter named Valentina, told W magazine.

“While she was breastfeeding, it was boring,” the actress said. “So, I started doing Sudoku, and I think I’m really good. I can do it sometimes in four minutes. The machine tells me I’m good at Sudoku, that’s how I found out.”