Salma Hayek says she didn’t land a comedic role until her 40s because she was told she was too ‘sexy’ to ‘have a sense of humor’

  • Salma Hayek Pinault said she was “typecast” and not offered the chance to appear in comedies. 
  • “My entire life I wanted to do comedy and people wouldn’t give me comedies,” she told GQ Hype.
  • “They said, ‘You’re sexy, so you’re not allowed to have a sense of humor,'” she explained. 

Salma Hayek Pinault said that she was pigeonholed and didn’t have the opportunity to play a character who was both funny and sexy until her 40s. 

“I was typecast for a long time,” Hayek Pinault said in a new interview with GQ Hype. “My entire life I wanted to do comedy and people wouldn’t give me comedies.”

The actor went on to say she “couldn’t land a role until I met Adam Sandler” who finally gave her a shot with a comedic role in “Grown Ups,” which was released in 2010. “But I was in my 40s! They said, ‘You’re sexy, so you’re not allowed to have a sense of humor.'”

“Not only are you not allowed to be smart, but you were not allowed to be funny in the ’90s,” Hayek Pinault explained. 

The actor admitted that she “was sad at the time, but now here I am doing every genre, in a time in my life where they told me I would have expired – that the last 20 years I would have been out of business.”

Salma Hayek Pinault in September 2022.

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Hayek Pinault rose to fame as the titular character of the Mexican telenovela “Teresa.” Following her success on the show, Hayek went to America in the early ’90s to pursue a Hollywood career. 

Then she landed a leading role opposite Antonio Banderas in Robert Rodriguez’s 1995 movie “Desperado,” which marked her first-ever American film. 

Hayek teamed up with Rodriguez again for his film “From Dusk Til Dawn,” in which she played a vampire queen. In her most memorable scene in the movie, she danced with a real snake draped around her body.

The actor is also known for roles in films like “Dogma” and “Wild Wild West.” Perhaps most notably, she portrayed famed Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in “Frida,” which earned her first Oscar nomination. 

Salma Hayek Pinault in “Frida.”


Throughout her decades-long career, Hayek has opened up about facing racism and fighting against stereotypes. She’s also spoken about fighting to play complex characters in films

In recent years she starred in the action movie “Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard,” played an immortal named Ajak in Marvel’s “Eternals,” portrayed Pina Auriemma in “House of Gucci,” and voiced Kitty Softpaws in “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish.”

Next, she’ll star alongside Channing Tatum in “Magic Mike’s Last Dance,” in theaters on February 10. 

This post was originally published on Insider

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