Hayek’s Battle with stereotypes
Salma Hayek took a gamble by moving to Hollywood nearly 30 years back, said Candice Frederick at Elle. She was the star of the wildly successful soap opera Teresa in her native Mexico, but colleagues advised her that American studios wouldn’t cast a person like her. She along with other Latina actresses confronted one unexpected marquee competitor:”Cameron Diaz was huge at the moment,” says Hayek, 54. “Her last name was Diaz, so [the studio] said she could be a Mexican” In the long run, Hayek landed the role. During filming, she had been told to execute a sex scene which wasn’t at the script. “I flipped out,” she states, watching it as a classic example of over- sexualizing Latina characters. Hayek finally agreed to perform the scene onto a closed set. Back in 2002, Hayek earned an Academy Award nomi- country for Frida; she was nonetheless disappointed that the film was not widely seen. While discussing the ongoing prejudice facing Latina celebrities, Hayek stops herself. “What needs to be a stronger conversation is the children which were separated [from] their parents” in the U.S.-Mexico boundary, she states.