Salma Hayek: ‘I actually didn’t believe in marriage. I didn’t want to marry him’

Salma Hayek covers the latest issue of Glamour. She’s promoting her role in Magic Mike’s Last Dance, the gyrating swan song of the trilogy. Salma plays a wealthy divorcee, Max, who meets Mike by chance and decides to rope him into helping her stage a male-stripper show on the London stage. In this piece, Salma talks a lot about her marriage to billionaire François-Henri Pinault and she actually makes their marriage sound pretty normal. She even breaks some news here, which is that she had to be dragged down the aisle because she simply never wanted to go through with the wedding. Some highlights:

How she compares to her Magic Mike character, a wealthy divorcee: “I have nothing in common with her, because I married a man who is very supportive, who saw things in me that I never even saw in myself. So I guess the only thing you’re picking up on is that there is money, but I didn’t marry my husband for money. And neither did Maxandra, by the way.”

Doing the scene where Magic Mike stripped for her: “There was an intimacy coordinator, but the clothes were always on. I have to tell you, I was very nervous. I didn’t know what it was going to be like. But Channing was super comfortable: “Oh, don’t worry about it. Don’t worry about it.” And I’m like, “No, no. Worry about it!” But what I did underestimate is how physical it was. Channing’s doing most of the work, but girl, I was sore.

Women & existential crises: “The part that I really feel a lot of women will have in common with [my character] is this thing that happens when you come to a certain age. It’s like, “Is this it for me? Have I accomplished all my potential?” I think this is a common conflict. And it happens in your 20s, it happens in your 30s, it happens in your 40s… I remember having an existential crisis as I arrived in my 30s. It’s like, “Oh my God. I’m just not going to accomplish all my plans ever, it’s never going to happen for me. I have nothing, no husband, no children.” And you’re only 30! It’s so painful.

Advice for 30-year-olds: “I would say, “Stop being melodramatic; you’re only 30.” And especially for the women of my generation, it was like, “If I don’t have a child in five minutes, I’m not going to be able to be a mother.” Now the clock is not as strict as we thought. I would say, “Great things are coming your way. Do not settle for the wrong man.” That’s something I really thank myself for. And, “Do not listen to all these expiration dates that they give you.” Because I was also told that, as an actress, you kind of stop working around 30. Imagine? I did really feel it at the time, and it’s unfair. If I had said instead to myself, “Don’t worry, your best professional moments are going to be in your 50s,” I would have been devastated: “Oh my God, do I have to wait that long?” But it’ll happen.

She had to be dragged down the aisle for her wedding: “I actually didn’t believe in marriage. I didn’t want to marry him. He tried for a long time, and I would say yes, and then I wouldn’t show up. And he didn’t go away when I didn’t show up, he had to stick around until we got it done. And I was terrified.

Getting married on Valentine’s Day: “I didn’t even know I was getting married that day. It was like an intervention. I don’t think I ever told this story. No, they just took me to the court. My parents, my brother, they were all ganging up on me. I had a phobia of the marriage thing. The reason why it was a courthouse wedding was because they dragged me there. I was nervous. And then after, there was a lunch at his parents’ house. My mother-in-law, who’s the most tasteful person when it comes to entertaining, had already been doing the lunch. I had no choice.

How she spent her first big paycheck: “After you get your first check, the first thing you do is go, “Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. How come it’s so little after the taxes?” I had a lot of responsibility, so I’m not a big splurger; I’ve never been. For me, it’s more exciting to make the money than to spend it.

Her friendship with Angelina Jolie: “I’ve always been a girls’ girl, and I’ve always been a good peer. Angelina is one of the very few friends that have actually hired me to work. And Mike White wrote something for me with Miguel Arteta. He’s always been one of the most interesting human beings I’ve come across. I saw that talent in the first go.

[From Glamour]

It’s curious to me that Salma isn’t talking much about her new BFF Angelina in these interviews. She filmed Without Blood last year, with Jolie directing her, and I wonder if they’re both saving some of those stories for the Without Blood promotion. By the look of it, Salma is a very loyal friend. As for the wedding stuff… I think it’s amazing that she had a phobia about weddings and she had to be dragged down the aisle. She and Pinault married in 2009 – can’t believe it’s already been 14 years.

Cover & IG courtesy of Glamour.

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  1. C says:

    Sure she didn’t. LOL.
    In all seriousness I would be hesitant about marrying him too given how he was treating Linda Evangelista around this time.
    Anyway, it worked out well.

    • Mary says:

      I think that did factor into her hesitancy. Pinault and Hayek were engaged or dating and as soon as Evangelista popped up pregnant, Hayek and Pinault broke up for a while.

  2. DiegoInLA&SF says:

    I loved loved this interview! She sounds really down to earth and normal for someone so insanely rich!
    I love her friendship with Angelina and I like that it’s private.
    I need to get my butt to the theater to check out Magic Mike.

    • Tacky says:

      I’m old enough to remember when she talked about how she found herself flat broke at some point in her career but had a closet full of clothes that cost tens of thousands of dollars. She has never been down to earth. She gives off Goop energy.

      • Coco says:

        That is not even close to Goop vibes. At a lot of celebrities and none celebrities go through this where they spend more money than they make and end up with a lot of “stuff”, but not a lot a cash to pay bills.

        Christina Ricci went through something similar where she didn’t have the money to pay for her lawyer fees and had to sell her designer collections because she spent her money on bags and jewelry.

      • AppleCart says:

        @Coco to be fair they were more like investments that paid off. She wasn’t hoarding bags. They were special pieces that increased in value over time. And she has worked consistently. She just married a bad egg.

  3. Emmi says:

    “Stop being melodramatic;” – “It was like an intervention. I don’t think I ever told this story. No, they just took me to the court. My parents, my brother, they were all ganging up on me. I had a phobia of the marriage thing.”

    Girl. Stop it.

  4. Haylie says:

    The way Salma likes to condescend to black people? I’ll never like her.

  5. Ameerah M says:

    I’m not a huge Salma fan based on some things she’s said in the past – but I agree with her about the “Stop being melodramatic. You’re 30.” I was SO melodramatic when I turned 30. I was sad about so many things not having happened yet, and looking back I am SO happy that NONE of those things actually happened. 30 is young and you still have so much changing and growing to do at that age.

  6. Marmalazed says:

    I first read that as “i’ve always been a good pee-er” and was so confused… like, what does peeing have to do with friendship? (In my defense, my kids were making a lot of potty jokes this morning)

  7. j.ferber says:

    I do like that she’s become close to Linda Evangalista’s son and had him living with her, his dad and his half-sister while Linda was going through medical procedures. That’s good family feeling.

  8. lionfire says:

    I will always side-eye any person who decides to marry and have a child with a partner who doesn’t want anything to do with his other child.
    She was with and married to Pinault, having a daughter with him and raising her in all the luxury you could imagine, while he was fighting, very passionately, to keep his son with Evangelista out of his life, family and far away from any of his money.
    Think about what kind of monster you have to be to have two very similarly aged kids:one, you love, adore and shower in money, the other you deny and pretends it doesn’t exist.

    And she willingly stayed with him, lived with him and in doing that, obviously was ok with it.

    • Gigi says:

      But they broke up briefly and I believe he kept that pregnancy news wrapped up for awhile. Also, Francois never had a problem with the child, just with Linda.

  9. HamsterJam says:

    I will always love her for playing a minor demon in my favorite movie of all time, Dogma where god appears at the end and she has been Alanis Morisette the entire time. Nobody saw that one coming