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Salma Hayek

Highest Rated:   92% Traffic (2000)
Lowest Rated:   4% Some Kind of Beautiful (2015)
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Birthplace:   Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico
Widely considered to be the first Mexican actress to become a Hollywood movie star since Dolores Del Rio, Salma Hayek is known for bringing a fiery presence and striking, dark-eyed beauty to the screen. A soap star in her native Mexico, Hayek risked her entire career to come to L.A., where she struggled to be taken seriously. Her discovery by director Robert Rodriguez, who cast her in his 1995 film Desperado, gave Hayek her breakthrough, and she subsequently gained a reputation as one of Hollywood's sexiest and busiest actresses.The daughter of a Spanish mother and Lebanese father, Hayek was born in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico, on September 2, 1966. Raised in a devoutly Catholic family, she was sent to a Louisiana boarding school at the age of 12. After getting into trouble for terrorizing the nuns, Hayek returned to Mexico, but she was eventually sent to Houston, Texas, to live with her aunt, where she stayed until she was 17. She subsequently moved to Mexico City, where she studied International Relations as a university student, but, to the chagrin of her family, decided to drop out in order to pursue a career as an actress. Starting out in local theatre productions, she eventually moved to television and landed a starring role in the popular soap opera Teresa. The show's success made Hayek a celebrity in her native country, but, desiring something more, she shocked her fans by deciding to quit the show in order to pursue a career in L.A.After taking a year to learn English and study acting with Stella Adler, Hayek got her first break when Allison Anders cast her in a supporting role in Mi Vida Loca (1993). The role allowed Hayek to obtain a Screen Actors Guild card, and after doing so, she continued to audition until she appeared on a Spanish-language cable access talk show that happened to count director Robert Rodriguez amongst its viewers. Rodriguez tracked Hayek down and promptly cast her in Desperado, his bigger-budget 1995 sequel to El Mariachi. The film, which also starred Antonio Banderas, succeeded in giving the actress her own plot on the Hollywood map, and Rodriguez again demonstrated his faith in her when he cast her in his next project, the vampire extravaganza From Dusk Till Dawn (1996). Unfortunately for Hayek, the film, which also starred George Clooney, failed to do as well as expected, and Hayek's next few projects were similarly lackluster. The Faculty (1998), a teen thriller that cast Hayek as a teacher who turns into an alien, was an exception, and Kevin Smith's Dogma (1999), which featured her as a celestial muse, was fairly successful with critics and audiences. Also in 1999, Hayek had a starring role in what was to be her biggest film to date, Barry Sonnenfeld's Wild Wild West, which also starred Will Smith and Kevin Kline. Unfortunately for all involved, the film was a turkey. In 2000, Hayek could be seen in smaller, edgier ventures, including the independent comedy Chain of Fools, in which she played a centerfold-turned- cop, and Mike Figgis' experimental Time Code, which cast her as Jeanne Tripplehorn's lover. If these films ultimately didn't provide Hayek with a role that would draw attention to her genuine talent, this would soon change with the long awaited biography of tragic artist Frida Kahlo. With her role as the epnoymous character in Frida (2002), Hayek disappeared into her subject so convincingly that not only would she return to the good graces of critics, but earn an Oscar nomination as well.Hayek would spend the coming years enjoying superstar status with everything from comedic turns on sitcoms like Ugly Betty (which she produced) and 30 Rock, to meaty roles in dramatic thrillers like Savages.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Hitman's Bodyguard
  • Actor
2017
80% Beatriz at Dinner
  • Beatriz
2017
No Score Yet How to Be a Latin Lover
  • Sara
2017
83% Sausage Party
  • Teresa Taco
$97.7M 2016
33% Enemy Territory (Septembers Of Shiraz)
  • Executive Producer
  • Farnez
2016
82% Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti)
  • Queen of Longtrellis
2016
No Score Yet Drunk Parents
  • Actor
2016
4% Some Kind of Beautiful
  • Olivia
2015
68% Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet
  • Kamila
  • Producer
$0.3M 2015
29% Everly
  • Everly
2015
79% Muppets Most Wanted
  • Herself
$46.5M 2014
7% Grown Ups 2
  • Roxanne Chase-Feder
$127.5M 2013
33% La chispa de la vida (As Luck Would Have It)
  • Louisa
2013
57% $ellebrity
  • Salma Hayek
2013
38% Here Comes the Boom
  • Bella Flores
$45.3M 2012
51% Savages
  • Elena
$47.4M 2012
50% Americano
  • 'Lola'
2012
86% The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  • Cutlass Liz
$31.1M 2012
84% Puss in Boots
  • Kitty Softpaws
$149.3M 2011
No Score Yet Megamall
  • Actor
2011
10% Grown Ups
  • Roxanee Chase-Feder
$162.1M 2010
38% Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
  • Madame Truska
$13.9M 2009
53% Across the Universe
  • Singing Nurse
$24.4M 2007
No Score Yet Hispanic Hollywood - Then and Now
  • Actor
2007
48% Lonely Hearts
  • Martha Beck
$0.2M 2006
62% Bandidas
  • Sara Sandoval
2006
35% Ask the Dust
  • Camilla Lopez
$0.7M 2006
18% After the Sunset
  • Lola Cirillo
$28.4M 2004
68% Once upon a Time in Mexico
  • Carolina
$56.0M 2003
45% Spy Kids 3-D - Game Over
  • Cesca Giggles
2003
38% Hotel
  • Charlee Boux
2003
No Score Yet Until the Violence Stops
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Executive Producer
  • Minerva Mirabal
2003
No Score Yet Hotel
  • Actor
2003
67% Stupidity
  • Actor
2003
76% Frida
  • Producer
  • Frida Kahlo
$25.7M 2002
No Score Yet Searching for Debra Winger
  • Actor
2002
42% Death to Smoochy
  • Actor
$8.4M 2002
No Score Yet The Maldonado Miracle
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
2002
No Score Yet Living It Up
  • Lola
2001
No Score Yet Hispanic Hollywood
  • Actor
2000
92% Traffic
  • Madrigal's Mistress (uncredited)
$123.9M 2000
No Score Yet Chain of Fools
  • Kolko
2000
68% Timecode
  • Rose
2000
No Score Yet El Coronel No Tiene Quien le Escriba
  • Julia
2000
No Score Yet Forever Hollywood
  • Actor
2000
67% Dogma
  • Serendipity
1999
71% Get Bruce
  • Actor
1999
22% The Velocity of Gary
  • Mary Carmen
1999
17% Wild Wild West
  • Rita
1999
No Score Yet Aliens in the Wild, Wild West
  • Actor
1999
54% The Faculty
  • Nurse Harper
1998
15% 54
  • Anita
1998
No Score Yet Breaking Up
  • Monica
1997
No Score Yet The Hunchback
  • Actor
1997
33% Fools Rush In
  • Isabel Fuentes
1997
67% Who the Hell Is Juliette?
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet The Hunchback
  • Esmeralda
1997
14% Four Rooms
  • TV Dancing Girl
1996
13% Fled
  • Cora
1996
64% From Dusk Till Dawn
  • Santanico Pandemonium
1996
13% Fair Game
  • Rita
1995
62% Desperado
  • Carolina
1995
No Score Yet Callejon De Los Milagros
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet El Callejón De Los Milagros
  • Alma
1995
No Score Yet Roadracers
  • Donna
1994
70% Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)
  • Gata
1993

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2015
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2006
  • 2001
No Score Yet Ugly Betty
2006-2010
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Sofia Reyes
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
  • Elisa
  • 2009
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
  • 2005
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • 2003

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