Exclusive Betty Interview! Salma Hayek is All Grown Up

The Grown Ups star talks managing career and Mommyhood.
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Exclusive Betty Interview! Salma Hayek is All Grown Up

The Grown Ups star talks managing her career and Mommyhood.

-Cindy Pearlman

Salma Hayek

Chris Rock put it the most succinctly: “When I read the script for Grown Ups (in theaters Friday), I said to Adam Sandler, ‘Salma Hayek is going to be your wife!’” And that she is. The dark-haired screen beauty did in fact wind up hitched to Sandler in Grown Ups, about a bunch of guys who reunite during a Big Chill type of weekend to decide if they’re truly adults.

What was it like to be the only Y-chromosome with all that testosterone around her including Rock, Sandler and Kevin James?

We checked in with the new wife and Mommy to chat about all of her roles in life.

Salma, what drives you to succeed?
I just love life. I’m excited about things in life. I think that if you’re excited about life you are excited about waking up and doing things with your life every day.

Congrats on your marriage and child. That’s been the focus of the last few years. How do you see your career now and why did you say yes to this movie?
I said yes to this movie because from the beginning, I was an Adam Sandler fan and I really liked the movie. Of course now, the main focus of my life is my family and it does change things and the choices that you make. You want to do movies that your children can watch, also that your children can have fun and enjoy the experience of shooting it, and it doesn’t get better than this movie for that. I love the movie. I’m proud of it. I can’t wait for Valentina to see it.

So, no Frida in your future? Just being Valentina’s mother?
No. I have a movie with a director called Emil Kusturica (he’s one of my favorite directors) and Johnny Depp that we’re going to be shooting next year. It’s an amazing character and that’s like a dream job as an actress. Also we’re talking about something with Kevin [James] that I’m excited for. It’s an action comedy. There’s going to be a little bit of everything in my career in the future.

Read Picture of the Day: Salma Hayek

This is the first time you’re using Pinault in your credit. Is it true Valentina had something to do with that?
At the beginning of the film she was very little. My chair said SALMA HAYEK and she said, ‘What does it say there?’ I said ‘Salma Hayek’ and she said ‘Where is Pinault?’ because her last name is Pinault and in France my husband is much more famous than me, so everybody calls me Madame Pinault. She’s much more used to that. I realized that she felt left out. And I also have two children that I inherited from his previous marriage. And in a way I like it, it just brings the family together.

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