Salma Hayek


Salma Hayek Pinault (born Salma Valgarma Hayek Jiménez; September 2, 1966) is a Mexican and American film actress and producer. She began her career in Mexico starring in the telenovela Teresa and starred in the film El Callejón de los Milagros (Miracle Alley) for which she was nominated for an Ariel Award.

In 1991, she moved to Hollywood, making her debut in Allison Anders‘ Mi Vida Loca (1993). She came to prominence with roles in films such as Robert Rodriguez‘s Desperado (1995), with Antonio Banderas and Steve Buscemi; Rodriguez’s From Dusk till Dawn (1996), with George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Quentin Tarantino, Juliette Lewis, Cheech Marin, Danny Trejo, Fred Williamson, and Tom Savini; Barry Sonnenfeld‘s Wild Wild West (1999), with Will Smith, Kevin Klein, and Kenneth Branagh; and Kevin Smith‘s Dogma (1999), with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, George Carlin, Linda Fiorentino, Janeane Garofalo, Chris Rock, Jason Lee, Bud Cort, Alan Rickman, Alanis Morissette, and Jason Mewes.

Her breakthrough role was playing Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in Julie Taymor‘s Frida (2002), with Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Rush, Valeria Golino, Mía Maestro, Roger Rees, Edward Norton, and Ashley Judd; for which she was nominated for Best Actress for the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award, and which she also produced. The movie received widespread attention and was a critical and commercial success.

She won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children/Youth/Family Special for The Maldonado Miracle in 2004, and received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series after guest-starring in the ABC television comedy-drama Ugly Betty in 2007. She also guest-starred on the NBC comedy series 30 Rock from 2009 to 2013. She was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her role in Beatriz at Dinner (2017) with John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker, Chloë Sevigny and David Warshofsky.

Hayek’s other notable films include Mike Figgis’ Timecode (2000), with Stellan Skarsgård, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Suzy Nakamura, Kyle MacLachlan, Saffron Burrows, Holly Hunter, Julian Sands, Xander Berkeley, Leslie Mann, and Mía Maestro; Rodriguez’s Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003), with Banderas, Johnny Depp, Mickey Rourke, Eva Mendes, Trejo, Marin, and Willem Dafoe; Robert Towne’s Ask The Dust (2006), with Colin Farrell, Donald Sutherland, Eileen Atkins, Idina Menzel, and Justin Kirk; Grown Ups (2010), Puss in Boots (2011), with Banderas, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris; Grown Ups 2 (2013), Tale of Tales (2015), with Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, and John C. Reilly; The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017), with Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, and Gary Oldman.

Films in the 2020s include Like a Boss (2020), with Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne; and Sally Potter’s The Roads Not Taken (2020), with Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, and Laura Linney; Chloé Zhao‘s entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Eternals (2021), with Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Harish Patel, Kit Harington, and Angelina Jolie.

Each review will be linked to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • Mi Vida Loca (1993) – directed by Allison Anders
  • Roadracers (1994) – directed by Robert Rodriguez – TV movie
  • Midaq Alley (1995) – directed by Jorge Fons – aka El Callejón de los Milagros, The Alley of Miracles – Mexico
  • Desperado (1995) – directed by Robert Rodriguez
  • Fair Game (1995) – directed by Andrew Sipes
  • Four Rooms (1995) – directed by Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez, & Quentin Tarantino – anthology
  • From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) – directed by Robert Rodriguez
  • Follow Me Home (1996) – directed by Peter Bratt
  • Fled (1996) – directed by Kevin Hooks
  • Fools Rush In (1997) – directed by Andy Tennant
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1997) – directed by Peter Medák – TV movie
  • Breaking (1997) – directed by Robert Greenwald
  • Sistole Diastole (1997) – directed by Carlos Cuarón – short – Mexico
  • 54 (1998) – directed by Mark Christopher
  • The Velocity of Gary (1998) – directed by Dan Ireland – aka The Velocity of Gary* *(Not His Real Name)
  • The Faculty (1998) – directed by Robert Rodriguez
  • Welcome to Hollywood (1998) – directed by Tony Markes & Adam Rifkin – cameo as herself
  • Dogma (1999) – directed by Kevin Smith
  • No One Writes to the Colonel (1999) – directed by Arturo Ripstein – aka El coronel no tiene quien le escriba – Mexico
  • Wild Wild West (1999)* – directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
  • Timecode (2000) – directed by Mike Figgis
  • Chain of Fools (2000) – directed by
  • Pontus Löwenhielm & Patrick von Krusenstjerna (credited collectively as Traktor)
  • Living It Up (2000) – directed by Antonio Cuadri – aka La gran vida – Spain
  • Traffic (2000) – directed by Stephen Soderbergh – uncredited
  • Hotel (2001) – directed by Mike Figgis
  • The Time of the Butterflies (2001) – directed by Mariano Barroso – TV movie – also executive producer
  • Frida (2002) – directed by Julie Taymor – also producer
  • Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003)* – directed by Robert Rodriguez- aka Spy Kids 3: Game Over
  • Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)* – directed by Robert Rodriguez
  • V-Day: Until the Violence Stops (2003) – directed by Abby Epstein – herself – aka World VDAY – documentary
  • After the Sunset (2004) – directed by Brett Ratner
  • Bandidas (2006) – directed by Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg
  • Ask the Dust (2006) – directed by Robert Towne
  • Lonely Hearts (2006) – directed by Todd Robinson
  • Across the Universe (2007) – directed by Julie Taymor
  • Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant (2009)* – directed by Paul Weitz
  • Grown Ups (2010) – directed by Dennis Dugan
  • Americano (2011) – directed by Mathieu Demy
  • Puss in Boots (2011)* – directed by Chris Miller
  • As Luck Would Have It (2011) – directed by Álex de la Iglesia – aka La chispa de la vida – Spain
  • The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (2012)* – directed by Peter Lord – aka The Pirates! Band of Misfits – UK/US
  • Savages (2012) – directed by Oliver Stone
  • Here Comes the Boom (2012) – directed by Frank Coraci
  • Grown Ups 2 (2013) – directed by Dennis Dugan
  • Ferite a morte (2014) – directed by Andrea Cairoli – herself – TV documentary
  • Muppets Most Wanted (2014)* – directed by James Bobin – cameo as herself
  • Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet (2014) – directed by Roger Allers – aka The Prophet – also producer
  • Everly (2014) – directed by Joe Lynch – direct-to-video
  • Some Kind of Beautiful (2024) – directed by Tom Vaughan – aka How to Make Love Like an Englishman, Lessons in Love – direct-to-video
  • Tale of Tales (2015) – directed by Matteo Garrone
  • Septembers of Shiraz (2015) – directed by Wayne Blair – also executive producer – direct-to-video
  • Sausage Party (2016)* – directed by Conrad Vernon & Greg Tiernan
  • Beatriz at Dinner (2017) – directed by Miguel Arteta
  • How to Be a Latin Lover (2017) – directed by Ken Marino
  • 11th Hour (2017) – directed by Jim Sheridan
  • The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)* – directed by Patrick Hughes
  • The Hummingbird Project (2018) – directed by Kim Nguyen – Canada/Belgium
  • Drunk Parents (2019) – directed by Fred Wolf
  • Like a Boss (2020) – directed by Miguel Arteta
  • The Roads Not Taken (2020) – directed by Sally Potter – UK/US/Sweden
  • Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (2021)* – directed by Patrick Hughes
  • The Eternals (2021)* – directed by Chloé Zhao
  • Bliss (TBA) – directed by Mike Cahill