Salma Hayek is on the May cover of Lucky magazine, where she opens up about her lowest moments, exercise and weight gain and her friend Demi Moore.
The Mexican-born beauty tells Lucky that she went through a phase in her twenties when she hit a low point, gained weight and faced skin breakouts.
On her low point: “When I was 25 and I left being a soap opera star in Mexico to go try to be a movie star in Hollywood and all of Mexico was laughing at me? And I could barely get work as an extra? You want to talk about bad skin? I had acne. And this acne was so bad, it sent me into a severe, severe depression. Like I couldn’t leave the house. I’d wake up in the morning and lie there and touch my face before I got up, just to prepare myself to look in the mirror! The next stage with that sort of depression is food: too little, or too much. Guess what I did? I mean, I was fat and broken out, I couldn’t leave the house and I couldn’t pay the rent!”
She tells the mag that a friend finally convinced her to stop abusing her skin and her body and take care of herself.
Since then, she’s been comfortable in her own skin, but has considered plastic surgery.
On Botox: “Botox, trust me I’ve been tempted—but I resist! think about what happens to your muscles—and your skin—if you’re sick and don’t move for a few days. It all atrophies! Plus, if you freeze a muscle in your face, other muscles have to compensate! And once you stop, what does that look like?” Before I can issue a rebuttal she offers another theory: “You know Latin people? African-American people? How our skin ages more slowly? Even though we’re dramatic, we move our faces, we eat higher- fat foods, we’re the ones with fewer wrinkles—it makes you wonder.”’
On her feelings toward her body: “She points at her chic, low ponytail. “This is very Parisian. My husband, it’s funny, but he hates it when I have this Parisian hair! He loves my crazy- maniac-madwoman just-got-out-of-the-shower hair. He is like the lawyer for my thick, wild, natural hair. He’s like, ‘Why make it suffer?’ But you know for 45 years I’ve got this big hair, and these big boobs, and I’m this tiny person and sometimes— you just want to be … smaller.” Salma goes on to say, “He’s probably right—my mom always said, ‘You think you know better than God?’”
On her friend Demi Moore and how she inspires her: “[I’m] Not like Demi [Moore]. She’s so disciplined, I wish I could be like that.” Salma goes on to say, “You watch, Demi will be back. She’s an inspiration to all women.”
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