After the birth of her daughter Valentina in 2007, Salma Hayek was so happily immersed in motherhood that she considered giving up her day job all together. It was her husband François-Henri Pinault, she tells Marie Claire, who convinced her otherwise.
“I think if you are young and you have children, you still have so much to prove. When you have children later in life, you lose a bit of that urge for working,” Salma, 45, explains. “At the time, I was thinking, I can do another movie that may or may not work, or I can be with my child, nourish her, and not miss a moment of this precious time. And if my career is going to end in two years, what’s the difference, anyway?”
Though it was tempting to shelve her career aspirations, Salma says that her billionaire hubby told her, “‘You feel like this right now, but when Valentina grows a little older, you are going to want to go back, and it might be too late. You are so smart, so talented. You have so much more potential. Don’t you want to see where it will take you?’ I was always trying to make people believe in me, and then I found someone who believed in me more than I believed in myself.”
It may have taken her a while to find it, but today the Frida star says she is definitely lucky in love.
“He’s the best thing that ever happened to me and my work. I was trying to figure out how to have a child on my own. I came to terms with saying, ‘[Love] might not happen, and I have to be OK with that.’ Then someone came along whom I never would have pictured or thought I would have wanted; he was completely out of my box. Even though I was not looking, I was present and I was open. I am the luckiest person I know.”