Salma Hayek: Valentina sleepwalks, I have not slept in a year and a half


Salma Hayek on The Late Show 1/13/09, Part 1

Salma Hayek on The Late Show 1/13/09, Part 2

Salma Hayek was on The Late Show last night and told some cute but worrying stories about her 16 month-old daughter, Valentina Paloma. The 42 year-old actress first talked to Letterman about Valentina’s sleep problems. Letterman commiserated with Hayek and said his five year-old son, Harry, often wakes up in the middle of the night, but always gets up at 6am every day. Salma says that Paloma sleeps well, but that she fusses, talks, and sleepwalks so much that she’s forced to wake up multiple times to make sure she’s ok:

On Valentina’s sleepwalking and night terrors
“She talks, she screams, she sings, she claps, she sleepwalks, she screams for Barney, she fights with someone. When you have a child that sleepwalks, it’s really scary. All night I’m waking up and she’s having a blast there, she’s having a party… I’m her bodyguard at night.” [Transcribed from Salma Hayek’s appearance on the Late Show, aired 1/13/09, video above]

Letterman asks Hayek about the baby’s father and if they’ll get married
Letterman joked that Hayek would get some regular sleep when Paloma is 18. Then he asked her about the baby’s father and what he did. Hayek looked a little embarrassed and simply said “His name is François-Henri, he’s French.” Although Salma didn’t address this on the show, she was once engaged to François-Henri but they broke up last summer. They have a friendly relationship and there have been reconciliation rumors, but it’s thought that they’re no longer together romantally.

Hayek went on to say that Valentina understands French, English and Spanish and “mixes the words.” She that Valentina is a little dictator and always points out minor garbage around the house, using the word “caca.”

Letterman pressed Hayek a little bit about François-Henri. He asked “I understand you kids are engaged. Is there going to be a wedding?”

Hayek answered, “I don’t know, maybe, but then again, maybe not.”

It sounds pretty scary to have a child that sleepwalks and fights and sings in her sleep. I skimmed a few articles about sleepwalking and night terrors in children, and the estimates of how common it is vary, with up to 17% of children sleepwalking. Sleepwalking can start as soon as a child can walk, and when it starts at a young age like that the child tends to grow out of it in adolescence. Hayek probably has many more years of sleepless nights to look forward to.

Salma Hayek is shown outside The Late Show last night. Credit: WENN

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  1. CJ says:

    My oldest sleepwalks and YES it’s scary. One time I forgot to lock the sliding glass door and I woke up to hearing foot steps on the deck and of course I jumped out to bed because I knew it was a someone trying to break in or my son.

    It was my son and by the time I got to the deck he was riding on a little bike. I have never forgotten since and now keep a bar behind the sliding glass door that leads to the deck. Locked or not.

    But I found him in the laundry room, behind the couch, under his bed and in the bath tub sleeping well, like a baby.

    I feel for you, hon!

  2. Call Me Al says:

    I am as always in awe of her beauty.

  3. Mairead says:

    I used to sleepwalk as a child off and on and I did grow out of it. Whatever about the sleepwalking, night terrors would be absolutely heartbreaking to see.

  4. Wif says:

    My daughter has both sleep walking and night terrors. And yes, it really disrupts the quality of your sleep. But my lord, Salma, you’re a millionaire, the daddy is a billionaire, hire a friggin’ night nanny. You don’t have to be sleepless like the rest of us, poor schmucks.

  5. Leandra says:

    I live in a climate with cold winters and a man died this week from sleepwalking as he went outside and froze to death. Obviously, it is potentially a very serious problem. My friend also sleepwalks and woke up recently to find the cat bowls full of cottage cheese and no knowledge of how it got there!

  6. MB says:

    I don’t think this woman ages! She doesn’t look like she’s had work done either. I’m so jealous.

  7. Codzilla says:

    CJ and Wif: How terrifying! I hope your children continue to stay safe during their nighttime romps. And here I thought I had it rough because my youngest son didn’t sleep through the night until he was nearly 12 months old.

  8. Annie says:

    Agreed. She is wicked beautiful.

    Good for her. 🙂

  9. I didn’t sleepwalk, but when I was little I had a habit of rolling out of bed. My bed was up against the wall on 3 sides & they put a gate up against the other one so I wouldn’t fall. I did, however, kick a huge hole in the wall when I was 5. Maybe her daughter should still be in a crib?

  10. vdantev says:

    Simply gorgeous. Always has been.

  11. heima says:

    @MB, she has had a nosejob but it’s subtle and she is still absolutely gorgeous.

  12. georgiagrl says:

    She is aging just beautifully. That outfit is the shitz!

  13. mojoman says:

    I want what she is having..DANG, she is gorgeous!!

  14. Kim says:

    She is gorgeous I agree. For a long time I wanted to be just like her till I realised that I will never be.

    Sleep walking is dangerous, I sleep walk a lot and I fear for my self. I once wanted to jump out of the window in my sleep. Sometimes I even subconsciously know that I am sleep doing things but I can’t stop till I enter my bed again.

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