10 Salma Hayek Facts That May Surprise You

Splashing her cash: Salma Hayek goes girly in pastel pink as she hits the designer boutiques with her family

The stunning Latino actress hit the shops in West Hollywood on Monday with a large group of family members. The 46-year-old looked gorgeous as she strolled in the sunshine in a pretty pastel pink dress and wedge sandals. Hitting the shops: Salma Hayek enjoys an afternoon of spending as she browses the designer boutiques of West Hollywood with family members The simple dress featured a slight flared skirt which showed off Salmas toned legs, set off by a pair of wedge peep toe sandals. The star tied some of her natural curls back for a half up, half down do to keep cool in the Los Angeles heat. That’s a good boy! Salma Hayek offers Jimmy Fallon an affectionate pat as she plays a bar game with the comedian Salma finished her girly look with a chic cream shoulder bag and matching sunglasses. The actress was obviously hoping to add to her glam wardrobe as she hit the Fred Segal store, departing with a number of shopping bags. Pretty in pink: Salma chose a simple but chic pale pink dress for her family day out, perfect for the summery weather Salma was joined on her shopping spree by various family members who she was spoted laughing and chatting with as they walked around the upmarket boutiques. The actress most likely relished her down time with her nearest and dearest, which comes in the middle of a hectic few months. Fresh from promoting her reprisal role as Adam Sandlers wife in Grown Ups 2, Salma has thrown herself into her next project, animated film The Prophet. Get anything good? Salma left the Fred Segal store with a number of bags Salma will lend her vocal talents to the film alongside The Office star John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina and Beasts of the Southern Wild Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis. The Prophet is an adaptation of the 1923 collection of 26 prose poetry essays by Lebanese artist, philosopher and writer Kahil Gibran. The actress will also serve as producer for the project, working with writer-director Roger Allers, who has helped create a string of Disney classics including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. Fashion lover: Salma Hayek proved her love for girly dresses when she stepped out in another pretty ensemble earlier this month Summery: Salma flaunted her curves in this white hot dress on a trip to her lawyers office Each of the classics chapters, which explore various life themes, will be directed by a different award-winning filmmaker with Allers coordinating the process.

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Once in the U.S., Hayek was featured in Desperado alongside Antonio Banderas and Wild Wild West costarring with Will Smith and Kevin Kline. But her big break came in 2002 with the film Frida, in which she gave life to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Throughout her career she has won many awards including a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Daytime Emmy. Hayek is the mother to five-year-old Valentina Paloma and wife to French billionaire Francois Henri Pinault. Her latest films include Savages, Grown Ups and Grown Ups II. When Hayek is not busy filming, she likes watching Mexican soccer, practicing Krav Maga (the official self defense system of the Israeli military) and spending time with little Valentina. Here are more interesting facts about actress Salma Hayek that even her biggest fan may find surprising: Loading Slideshow No. 1 As a child, Hayeks grandmother regularly shaved her head and eyebrows because she thought it would make her hair grow thicker, glossier and darker. No. 2 Hayek has always had a rebellious nature. When she was 12 years old she was sent to a boarding school in Louisiana and was expelled after two years. No. 3 Her performance in the movie Frida garnered Hayeks best career reviews and made her one of four Latinas nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards. No. 4 She participated in a large protest against the murders of women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. No. 5 Hayek founded her own production company, Ventanarosa, in 1999 and produced the hit show Ugly Betty. No. 6 When Hayek and Friends star Matthew Perry filmed the movie Fools Rush In, there were rumors that the on-screen lovers hated each other in real life. Both dispelled the rumors some time later.

“Or not drink alcohol. I could make bigger efforts. I don’t think my first priority in life has ever been beauty. It’s a little bit of a rebellious spirit in me. There is more to me than looks, of course.” When it comes to her husband, French billionaire fashion mogul Francois-Henri Pinault, Hayek says she does take her appearance seriously. Jeff Vespa/WireImage Hayek, 47, is married to French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault. I want him to be attracted to me, she said. “A lot of the effort I make is for my husband because I want him to be attracted to me,” she tells the mag. RELATED: BEYONCE PERFORMS WITH JAY-Z AT SOUND OF CHANGE The sultry screen star is certainly attractive to more than just her husband, but is perhaps more admirable for her work ethic. In addition to being a Hollywood actress and producer, Hayek is an acivist. She helped start Chime for Change, the campaign for women’s empowerment around the world co-founded by Gucci. Beyonce headlined the affiliated Sound of Change London Concert on June 1. Giving her advice to women, Hayek says honesty is the best policy. “You’ve got to take who you are and love who you are and do the best you can with what you’ve got,” she said. “That goes for the figure, and it goes for everything else.

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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.