Eye Candy | Salma Hayek

3 07 2012

Oscar-nominated Mexican superstar actress/producer Salma Hayek shows her ferocious side as the head of a drug cartel in Oliver Stone’s upcoming crime thriller, Savages.

The sexy 45-year old star gives a knockout performance in her latest but over three decades, Hayek has flexed her acting muscles in a variety of memorable roles. Before thrilling American audiences, she melted the hearts of her countrymen landing the title role in Teresa, a successful Mexican telenovela that made her a star in Mexico. She was nominated for an Ariel Award for her starring role in 1994, El Callejón de los Milagros (Miracle Alley). The film won more awards than any other movie in the history of Mexican cinema.

Hayek made a memorable impression on American audiences starring role opposite Antonio Banderas in 1995’s Desperado. Her sexy followup as a vampire queen in From Dusk Till Dawn, in which she performed a table-top snake dance is forever seared in her male fan’s minds.

In the late 1990s, she starred in a succession of popular films including Fools Rush In, Wild Wild West and Dogma. Hayek had an uncredited role opposite Benicio del Toro in the award-winning film, Traffic. Later, she reprised her role from Desperado by appearing in Once Upon a Time in Mexico, the final film of Rodriquez’s Mariachi Trilogy.

Hayek founded the film production company Ventanarosa, which she produces film and television projects. Her first feature as a producer was 1999’s El Coronel No Tiene Quien Le Escriba, Mexico’s official selection for submission for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars.

Hayek starred in a series of films that were close to heart and heritage. She co-produced the Oscar-nominated drama, Frida in 2002. Playing the title role of Frida Kahlo with Alfred Molina as her unfaithful husband, Diego Rivera, Hayek earned an Oscar nomination for her performance. Up next, Hayek starred in the film based on Julia Alvarez’s book, In the Time of the Butterflies. The story covered the lives of the Mirabal sisters, in which she played one of the sisters, Minerva, and Edward James Olmos plays the Dominican dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo whom the sisters opposed.

In addition to her film work, Hayek also stamped her imprint on the world of television as the executive producer of Ugly Betty. She adapted the series for American television and later guest-starred as Sofia Reyes, a magazine editor as well a cameo playing an actress in the telenovela within the show. The result was a Golden Globe Award for Best Comedy Series for the show and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series nomination for Hayek.

Recently, Hayek has appeared in several recent hits including Grown Ups, opposite her buddy, Antonio Banderas in the Shrek spin-off film, Puss in Boots as the voice of the character Kitty Softpaws, who serves as Puss’s female counterpart and love interest.

The Hollywood Reporter ranked the sexy star fourth in their inaugural Latino Power 50, a list of the most powerful members of the Hollywood Latino community. Following in the footsteps of other Mexican actresses, Hayek has arguably enjoyed the most most success of any of her countryman in Hollywood.

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