Here’s Salma Hayek’s Secret to Earning Millions In Hollywood

Let’s just cut to the chase: Salma Hayek is one of the most underrated talents of our time. Boasting a diverse filmography of over 30 years, not to mention an impressive producing and directing career, Salma Hayek is one of Hollywood’s most accomplished and talented starlets. And let’s not forget, she continues to be a timeless beauty. 

Born in Veracruz, Mexico on September 2nd, 1966, Salma grew up in a wealthy family. Her father was a titan of industry and oil, her mother a brilliant opera singer. Given her pedigree, Salma’s own trajectory was no surprise. In the early 90s, she gained fame as a Mexican telenovela star, taking on the titular lead role in Teresa. 

Within a few years, Salma was starting to be seen more and more on American TV, taking on small, sometimes recurring roles in series like The Sinbad Show, Dream On, and Nurses. Her big movie break came when she appeared alongside heartthrob and fellow Latin crossover star, Antonio Banderas in 1995’s Desperado. Over the next few years, she followed that up with starring and supporting roles in Fools Rush In, From Dusk Till Dawn, and Dogma. 

Arguably her most critically acclaimed role came in 2002 when she starred in the title role in Frida. The award-winning biopic chronicled the turbulent life of world-famous Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo. Starring in the film, as well boasting a co-producer credit, the film garnered Selma numerous accolades, including an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. 

Following the success of Frida, Salma, through her production company, Ventanarosa, went on to direct and executive produce lots of other productions, focusing on the richness and beauty of Latino cultures. As the founder and CEO of Ventanarosa, one of Salma’s most notable projects was the ABC hit TV show, Ugly Betty, which she also had a recurring guest-star role on. 

Aside from building up her television and film empire, which has helped her achieve a singular net worth of $115 million, Salma is also a vocal advocate for women’s rights around the world. In 2017, she was one of the leading whistleblowers in the case against Harvey Weinstein. She has also testified before the U.S. Senate in support of the Violence Against Women Act and has been an outspoken critic of the mistreatment of women in Lebanon. 

Salma Hayek’s journey isn’t the only fascinating but largely untold story of talented artists of color filling out the ranks in Hollywood. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a place for Latino audiences to revel in the narratives of artists who look like them…until now. The Digital Podcast Network is your source for content for the Latin culture, by the culture. Be sure to check out podcasts providing unique perspectives on relationships, entertainment, sports, news, and everything in between; shows like The Latin Dish and Lorena on Love. The Digital Podcast Network brings stories like Salma Hayek’s and many more to life for global audiences. Head over to digitalpodcastnetwork.com to start your free trial today.

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