Salma Hayek Pinault (/ˈhaɪɛk/; Spanish: [ˈsalma ˈxaʝek]; born Salma Valgarma Hayek Jiménez; September 2, 1966) is a Mexican and American film actress and producer. She began her career in Mexico starring in the 1989 telenovela Teresa, as well as the 1995 film El Callejón de los Milagros (Miracle Alley), for which she received an Ariel Award nomination. She rose to prominence with appearances in films such as Desperado (1995), From Dusk till Dawn (1996), Wild Wild West, and Dogma (both 1999).
Hayek’s breakthrough role came in the 2002 biographical film Frida, a film which she co-produced and starred in as Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. For her performance, she received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress, becoming the first Mexican actress nominated in that category, in addition to nominations for the Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and British Academy Film Award for Best Actress. The film was widely praised and became a critical and commercial success.
Hayek won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children/Youth/Family Special for The Maldonado Miracle in 2004, and received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series after guest-starring in the ABC television comedy-drama Ugly Betty in 2007. She also guest-starred on the NBC comedy series 30 Rock from 2009 to 2013. In 2017, she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her role in Beatriz at Dinner.
Hayek’s subsequent films include Grown Ups (2010), Puss in Boots (2011), Grown Ups 2 (2013), Tale of Tales (2015), Sausage Party (2016), The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017), Like a Boss (2020), and Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (2021).