Her beauty and enviable hourglass figure have made her one of Hollywood's most glamorous and successful stars. But 'short and chubby' is how Salma Hayek perceives herself. And the Mexican actress, who last month turned 46, has called it a 'miracle' that she is still working. Hayek has just finished work on the latest Oliver Stone film, Savages, opposite the popular American starlet, Blake Lively.
In an interview with Harper's Bazaar, she attributes her success to luck and appears to be one of the few stars to acknowledge how difficult it is to carry on working in Hollywood once you get to a certain age. She said: "The worst thing you can be in Hollywood is a woman and over 40. On top of that, I have an accent, am dyslexic, short and chubby. You name it, I have it, but I am here. I must be the luckiest girl in the world to be working."
Hayek has been a Hollywood staple for more than fifteen years since finding fame in the 1995 film, Desperado. She has appeared in more than 40 films including her starring role portraying the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in the 2002 film Frida. The role won her critical acclaim and she received a best actress Oscar nomination in 2003 for her performance.
Hayek, who was once voted by US magazine Time as one of the most influential Hispanic stars ever, spent four years as an executive producer on the television series Ugly Betty.
— Daily Mail
'I never spoke to her'
Nicole Kidman has denied that she offered Katie Holmes counsel when the latter was masterminding her split from Tom Cruise.
It had previously been claimed that Holmes made secret phone calls to Kidman, who was Cruise's second wife, as she planned her exit strategy. But in a new interview, the Moulin Rouge star states she never spoke to the 33-year-old Dawson's Creek alumna.
Kidman told Australia's Who magazine: "I never spoke to her. I wish all of them well, but I was not involved in any of that."
The 45-year-old was seen on Wednesday attending a press conference in New York for her movie Paperboy.
The redhead also used the magazine interview as an opportunity to speak for the first time about her battle against depression as her marriage to Cruise broke down.
The actress admitted that she was too young at the age of 23 when she wed the Mission Impossible star. The couple split after 11 years of marriage and have two adopted children.
"I got married really fast and really young. But I don't regret that because it got me Bella and Connor and I did have a fantastic marriage for a long period. Then when it didn't work out I had to really dig deep and find my way through depression. I have no regrets about all of it. It was all part of growing up."
— Daily Mail
'I feel better at 40 than I did at 25'
Any woman dreading the arrival of her 40th birthday can take heart from Cameron Diaz. The actress passed the milestone in August and says she feels better than she did in her mid-20s.
"For the first time in my life I'm content," she told Esquire magazine. "I'm so excited. Getting older is the best part of life. Like, I know more than I've ever known. I have gratitude. I know myself better. I feel more capable than ever. And as far as the physicality of it, I feel better at 40 than I did at 25."
Asked why she has never married, she said: "I'm smart! No, it's hard to say. It just wasn't the thing I was drawn to. Contentment is about coming to terms with life as it is."
Diaz began as a fashion model before rising to fame in a series of comedies in the 1990s, including There's Something About Mary. This year she starred in the romantic comedy What to Expect When You're Expecting.
— Daily Mail