Salma Hayek

Highest Rated: 92% Traffic (2000)
Birthday: Sep 2, 1966
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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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Limited Partners Actor 2020
No Score Yet Drunk Parents Nancy Teagarten 2019
57% The Hummingbird Project Eva Torres 2019
42% The Hitman's Bodyguard Sonia Kincaid $75.1M 2017
74% Beatriz at Dinner Beatriz $7.2M 2017
38% How to Be a Latin Lover Sara $32.1M 2017
82% Sausage Party Teresa Taco $97.7M 2016
31% Enemy Territory (Septembers Of Shiraz) Farnez Executive Producer 2016
83% Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti) Queen of Longtrellis 2016
6% Some Kind of Beautiful Olivia 2015
66% Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet Kamila Producer $0.3M 2015
30% Everly Everly 2015
80% Muppets Most Wanted Herself $46.5M 2014
7% Grown Ups 2 Roxanne Chase-Feder $127.5M 2013
43% La chispa de la vida (As Luck Would Have It) Louisa 2013
57% $ellebrity Salma Hayek 2013
40% 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
85% 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
67% Once upon a Time in Mexico Carolina $56M 2003
45% Spy Kids 3-D - Game Over Cesca Giggles 2003
41% 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
75% Frida Producer Frida Kahlo $25.7M 2002
80% 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
53% The Faculty Nurse Harper 1998
16% 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
63% From Dusk Till Dawn Santanico Pandemonium 1996
12% Fair Game Rita 1995
61% 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
71% Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life) Gata 1993

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
2015
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  • 2018
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
2015
Reporter
  • 2018
  • 2017
41% Chelsea
2016-2017
Appearing
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
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  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
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  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
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  • 2017
  • 2015
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2011
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
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  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
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  • 2012
  • 2006
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  • 2002
  • 2001
96% Ugly Betty
2006-2010
Sofia Reyes Producer Executive Producer
  • 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 Host
  • 2003
22% The Sinbad Show
1994
Gloria Contreras

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