Salma Hayek once had dreams of traveling to space. The 43-year-old Frida star has now decided that her daughter is the final frontier.
I reserved my place with the Virgin [Galactic] expedition. And then I got pregnant. And now I’m a mother. So, I’m not going to go,” Salma tells InStyle.
Now that she is mom to Valentina, her 2-year-old daughter with fashion tycoon François-Henri Pinault, Salma says it’s always safety first. “I love scuba diving and used to dive where the sharks were, and now? No more sharks. Everything becomes about the baby. You are in second position, or third.”
Continue reading about Salma’s name change…
On changing her name to Salma Hayek Pinault, the actress said Valentina encouraged her to carry on the family name. “It was Valentina’s request. I didn’t think about it until she brought it up. We were shooting a film, and she saw my chair with my name on it. She said, ‘What does it say there?’ And I said, ‘Salma Hayek.’ And she said, ‘What about Pinault? Why not Pinault?’ Because here people say ‘Madame Pinault.’ I said to myself, ‘ This is who I am now. I’m starting a whole new life. I’ve never been happier. Why shouldn’t I share it with the people who have been supporting me my whole career, who have been with me since the beginning? ‘ I’m a private person, but I should let them in on the fact that I’m a different person, and a better person. It’s a new life.”
How does she juggle her busy career and motherhood? “You have to balance everything in your life and while, yes, your children and husband must be important, you have to dedicate time to yourself,” she says. “The mother of today needs to find ways to be comfortable and stylish at the same time.”
Will the gorgeous actress consider plastic surgery one day? “No surgical tweaks. No Botox either,” she says. “I think it is terrible, these girls in their late 20s injecting their faces and lips. One told me, ‘If I kill my muscles now, I’ll never get wrinkles.’ Can you imagine?”