Salma Hayek is the cover girl for the July issue of InStyle Magazine, all to promote her supporting part in Oliver Stone’s Savages – that film with Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch and Benicio del Toro. Salma plays the matriarch of the Mexican drug cartel trying to get into the California drug market. Something like that. But the real Salma isn’t so dark – her InStyle interview is all about how happy she is and how she loves being a mom, etc, etc. Some highlights:
A Valentina story: “This morning I was feeling jet-lagged. I was still in bed when I heard somebody run into the room. Valentina jumped on my bed and hugged me, and I go, ‘What are you doing? You scared me!’ She started giggling and said to me, ‘You desperately needed my energy.’ I was so surprised she said that. A 4-year-old! And she’s holding me, and it’s so beautiful—and she was so right!”
Valentina is a good traveler: “We’re lucky because she loves traveling. For her it’s second nature. If I put her in a school in Spain because I’m doing a movie there, she’s excited about this new experience with other kids and the teachers. And when she leaves, she does so with no sorrow. She remembers them and talks about them and loves them, but she doesn’t have the anxiety or sadness — none of that.”
Salma says she enjoys decompressing in the evenings by reading things like Dr. Seuss books to Valentina: “My daughter comes up with her own songs and rhymes as well,” notes Hayek. “She always makes me laugh.”
On maintaining balance: “I have created a very happy, healthy environment. When a job is over, I go home to my life.”
On her husband: “He’s very romantic, and so am I. What’s really romantic are the moments that are unexpected. You can fly somewhere overnight to make [being together] ‘important,’ but it’s the little things of everyday life that count.”
In the wake of Francois-Henri Pinault’s child support trial for his son Augustin, whom he fathered with Linda Evangelista, I’ve come to wonder what Pinault is really like behind the scenes. Before the trial and all of the dirty little secrets than Linda’s lawyers aired, the only stuff I really knew about Pinault was whatever Salma said about him in interviews. In her mind, he’s romantic and passionate and he adores her completely. But to Linda, he was cold and distant and a total bastard. Does Salma simply bring out the best in him? Or is he really a cold bastard and Salma is just talking him up because… why not? He’s rich.
Here are some photos of Salma and Valentina on the Massachusetts set of The Grownups 2. Salma is playing an aerobics instructor. I love Valentina’s dress.
Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet, InStyle Mag and Just Jared.