Throughout the history of cinema, beautiful stories of friendship have been told with actors who have made us believe, more than once, that their complicity could go beyond the big screen. However, rare are the artists who have managed to forge real personal ties with their colleaguesThis is the case of Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal, Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, Emila Clarke and Jason Momoa, among others.
also occurs Salma Hayek and Penélope Cruz, two renowned actresses who have stood out in the international film industry for their talent and charisma. For years, the stars shared a few details about their close relationship that, despite multiple adversities, they managed to preserve. However, few know the fun story that exists behind their first approach which will eventually become the beginning of their inspiring story.
how they met
Salma Hayek was born on September 2, 1966 in Veracruz, Mexico. (Instagram photos: @salmahayek / @penelopecruzoficial)
It was the 90s when Salma Hayek decided to try her luck in the United States after making her debut as a telenovela actress in Mexico. With a lot of effort, she managed to find a space in Los Angeles, California, and started knocking on the doors of major studios while pursuing one goal, to become one of the best performers and showcase her native country. .
His first opportunity came street justice, an action and crime television series. Later he participated in My Crazy Life, The Alley of Miracles, Four Rooms, Desperate and illegal hunt, thus making his first steps in international cinema. It was during these years that he met Penélope Cruz, a young Spanish actress who also wanted to venture into Hollywood..
Before meeting in person, the artists established a telephone communication to discuss the possibility of finding a job opportunity. From this moment, the Mexican shares her enthusiasm and her dreams with the Spaniard to invite her to try it. It is to highlight that Although Salma was not yet considered a big star, she was forging her name.
Salma Hayek married Francois-Henri Pinault and in 2007 they had their only daughter Valentina Paloma. (Photo: REUTERS/Henry Nicholls)
Penelope Cruz did not think twice and decided to stay in the United States after participating in a project without knowing that fate had in store for her a successful career. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Pedro Almodóvar’s muse confessed that she hadn’t expected to receive such kindness from Salma Hayek since their first meeting because they didn’t really know each other.
“The first time I went to Los Angeles, we didn’t know each otherI only knew her on the phone. And I came here to make a movie, so I had my return ticket, I was coming for two months and I didn’t know anyone […] It was unbelievable that someone I didn’t know, who I only knew by phone, made sure to pick me up from the airport and wouldn’t let me go to the hotel,” he said. declared.
Penélope Cruz was born on April 28, 1974 in Alcobendas, Spain. (Photo: REUTERS/Mike Blake)
The initial gesture of the protagonist of Frida (2002) surprised Penélope Cruz and there was still more to come, because instead of arriving at the hotel where she planned to stay for a few days, she temporarily moved to the Mexican woman’s apartment after receiving an invitation sincere.
“She said: ‘You will not go to the hotel, you will come to my place because it is difficult at the beginning and you will feel very alone’so he took me home,” he says. The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
The night that defined their friendship
In 2006 they starred in “Bandidas”, an action movie directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg. (Photos: Instagram @salmahayek/ @penelopecruzoficial)
On the first night that Penélope Cruz stayed with Salma Hayek, something very strange happened. At one point, the protagonist of parallel mothers  felt a deep fear he took her to sleep next to his hostess, who received her in her bed without any problem.
Pero eso no fue todo, de acuerdo con la anécdota que contó la española dure el programa de Ellen DeGeneres, unconsciously había boutado la mano de su compañera de profesión debido a que el miedo persistía en sus sueños y afortunadamente la cercanía con Salma habría calmado toda the situation.
“I ended up sleeping in her room because I was scared, that’s how we met. In addition to all that, she says in the middle of the night i shook her hand because i was scaredI don’t know, I was dreaming,” he said.
On April 28, Salma Hayek congratulated her dear friend with this heartfelt message: “Happy birthday, my soul mate. How lucky I am to have you in my life. Thank you for carrying me on your shoulders when I am struggling. to walk.” (Capture: @salmahayek/Instagram)
It took about two months for them to become best friends. Since then, the stars have shared their professional and personal triumphs, in addition to shocking the public with their meetings on the red carpets of different events as they always hug, exchange a few words and pose very smiling in front of the camera.
“We are partners, we went hand in hand to make our way“said Salma Hayek during a meeting with the media.
During her long career in the middle, Salma Hayek was characterized by the warmth she showed with her teammates. She is also considered a mainstay for Latino actors and actresses as she usually receives them with great affection when they visit the United States. Although he is currently a star in every sense of the word, he keeps his roots firm, so at every opportunity he looks for a way to share his Mexican culture and the Spanish language.
The actress also maintains a solid friendship with Adam Sandler. (PHOTO: Instagram/@salmahayek)
Salma Hayek and Penélope Cruz have built solid careers in the film industry and both have had the honey of success. In 2008, the Spanish interpreter was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category at the Oscars. for her role in Vicky cristina barcelonaa film directed by Woody Allen, and won.
After several years, the actress was again considered by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences during the 94th edition of the awards which took place in March 2022, but this time she was considered for Best Actress. The moment has become more relevant as her husband, Javier Bardem, was also nominated in the same category but for the male gender.
Sadly, neither of them won, but they witnessed one of the most controversial moments in Oscars history, when Will Smith slapped Chris Rock after a joke he made about Jada Smith’s physical appearance.
Meanwhile, Salma Hayek’s recent professional accomplishments include her incorporation into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Ajak in Eternals and also underlined The Gucci House alongside Lady Gaga, Jared Leto, Adam Driver and Al Pacino.