5 Genius Life Lessons We Learned from Our Chat with Salma Hayek
HOLD OUT FOR 'THE BEST GUY IN THE WORLD'
We've heard it before, but Salma Hayek stresses its importance: don't waste your time dating the wrong men. "I wish I could have told my younger self, 'Don't even bother dating that guy,' " she says of previous boyfriends in the new issue of PEOPLE. " 'He is a waste of time. You are going to end up with the best guy in the world.' " Of course, Hayek is referring to her billionaire husband François-Henri Pinault, whom she married in 2009 and refers to as "powerful but disarmingly kind."
Although she reigned as a soap opera star in Mexico, Hayek arrived in Hollywood with two suitcases and a limited amount of English in 1991. Despite the odds, the star strived "to try not to be like anyone else" (words she's passed along to her daughter with Pinault, 7-year-old Valentina). And she did just that. Tired of being typecast as a bombshell in movies, Hayek made the decision to produce and star in 2002's Frida – about Mexican painter Frida Kahlo – a bold move that earned her an Oscar nomination the following year.
WHEN IN DOUBT, GO THE ALL-NATURAL ROUTE
While bone broth doesn't have the most pleasant taste, Hayek swears the concoction keeps her complexion radiant and ageless. "It's sort of disgusting," she admits. "You take a bunch of bones from a cow and slow-cook them for many hours. It's full of gelatin and fat, and I think it's very good to keep yourself young."
FAMILY COMES FIRST
"My father taught me to treat everyone the same and to stay close to your family," she tells PEOPLE.
Hayek's mom knows best, especially when it comes to telling truthful, laugh-out-loud one-liners. "My mom taught me only stupid people get bored," says the Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet producer.