10 Salma Hayek Facts That May Surprise You

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. You’ve got to have a sense of humor about who you are and give yourself a break.

While she had previously held small roles in other soap operas, it was her leading role in the Mexican soap Teresa that turned Hayek into an overnight success. 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.

Salma Hayek: My husband is the grown-up one

But here Valentina has been best friends with all the actors daughters since she was one, because theyre the same age. I love that the children will have memories of the scenes they watch and theyre going to remember they were a part of it. Hayeks husband was also an enthusiastic presence particularly when a certain basketball player visited the cast. He got excited about meeting Shaquille ONeal, she laughs. The NBA star has a cameo in the film as a police officer. Though Francois loves all the guys in the movie, she adds. The guys in the movie include Kevin James, David Spade and Chris Rock, all of whom return from the first film and none of whom seem obvious bosom buddies for business mogul Pinault. It is funny because you would never think of people more different than Francois and these boys, she says, but they get along so well. Hayek wed Pinault in 2009 after a briefly broken two-year engagement. A little over a year ago, their marriage was tested after Pinault first denied and then settled a child support case with former supermodel Linda Evangelista, with whom he fathered a son, now aged six. In my life, I think Francois is more of the grown-up, is all Hayek will say today regarding their relationship, which I think is unusual for the male-female dynamic. We are both good at having fun and that is wonderful and although we speak different languages, we communicate beautifully. Hayek contentedly declares that life has never been better. Not only is this Mexican-American actress turned producer enjoying her family, she is also working on a number of passion projects. Having executive produced the hit TV series Ugly Betty, she is now producing an animated adaptation of Kahlil Gibrans much-loved poem The Prophet.