Don’t worry, Salma Hayek isn’t leaving your screens anytime soon, but the actress says she was super close to leaving Hollywood forever right after she had her daughter.
“At the time, I was thinking, I can do another movie that may or may not work, or I can be with my child, nourish her, and not miss a moment of this precious time. And if my career is going to end in two years, what's the difference, anyway?” says Hayek.
Hayek opens up in the new issues of Marie Claire @ Work where she covers the mag dressed like a businesswoman which might make zero sense for someone whose office is a movie set, but you might be surprised that Hayek is quite the mogul now.
Aside from acting, Hayek created the beauty line Nuance for CVS, co-founded Cooler Cleanse a popular juice-cleanse, and owns Ventanarosa Productions which produced “Ugly Betty” and “Frida.”
“Because I have a background in a different field, it can be hard to negotiate and make a good deal for myself. People always underestimate me," Hayek says of her initiation into the business world. "But if you stick around long enough, act out of conviction, and try to be honorable in everything you do, good things will come to you. I have seen karma work in this business."
She also opened up about giving up on love…until she met her husband French retail magnate Francoi-Henri Pinault, “I came to terms with saying, ‘[Love] might not happen, and I have to be OK with that.’ Then someone came along whom I never would have pictured or thought I would have wanted; he was completely out of my box. Even though I was not looking, I was present and I was open. I am the luckiest person I know.”