Rewind: Salma Hayek on Her Famous Sex Scene
By ROBERT PACE
August 24, 2012
Known for her acting and intriguing beauty, Salma Hayek has become one Hollywood's greatest Latina actresses. This Pop Culture Rewind takes you back to the beginning of her career, to a film and a scene that shot her to fame.
Although she had already experienced a life of fame and fortune in her native Mexico with the telenovela Teresa, Hayek wanted more than fame for her persona and decided to move to the U.S. for a fuller acting career.
After a few film roles and small TV roles, Hayek starred alongside Antonio Banderas in the 1995 action thriller Desperado, in which she and Banderas have a very steamy love scene.
"I don't like doing something like that," the then-27-year-old Coatzacoalcos native says in the featured flashback. "I hate to disappoint the public and every single woman probably, but it's not the most fun thing to do. It's not my favorite thing."
While the scene--which occurs between her character, "Carolina," and Banderas', "El Mariachi"--may have boosted her career to some extent, Hayek continues to express her distaste for the scene, which she describes as "extremely hard" and "extremely, extremely uncomfortable."
Not only did she have to film the scene, which is understandably uncomfortable, but she also had to watch the scene on the big screen with the thought of others, and more importantly, her family, watching it.
"The first thing that goes through my mind is...'My father has to swear to me he's going to close his eyes when he sees this,'" she says, "Then I try to make myself strong and say...'This is completely cool. Meryl Streep's done it; everybody's done it; what's the big deal about it?'"
The scene's positive reception doesn't change her feelings about acting out love scenes, but it certainly doesn't hurt to know that over 80 percent of viewers selected it as their favorite scene in the film, as she divulges.
"I like it that people like it so much, though," Hayek says.
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