Salma Hayek Reveals the Moment She Knew Donald Trump Would Be President
Salma Hayek has never been afraid of voicing her opinions or stories about Donald Trump. From calling the then-Republican presidential candidate out on Twitter for confusing 9/11 with 7-Eleven to sharing her story of turning him down for a date.
“When I met that man, I had a boyfriend, and he tried to become his friend to get my home telephone number. He got my number, and he would call me to invite me out,” Hayek told Radio Centro 93.9’s El Show del Mandril in Los Angeles, as reported by Buzzfeed.
Now, the actress is sharing her story on the moment she knew he was going to become president.
“I have a ranch in America, and a neighbor of mine killed my dog,” Hayek, who owns 50 animals, told The Guardian. When the authorities explained to Hayek that the neighbor justified the murder of her German Shepherd because the pet was fighting with his dogs, she said to herself, “Oh my God: [Donald Trump’s] going to win.”
With Trump in the Oval Office, Hayek doesn’t have much faith in his plans or the future of his presidency.
“I can promise you he’s not going to build the wall. You cannot build it without the Mexicans that are illegally in the country. That is what makes the economy so strong because they are paid less than half, with no benefit,” she said. “His days are numbered! Even if he becomes a dictator and rewrites the constitution and now the presidents can stay 12 years! Still, his days are numbered!”
The entrepreneur, who recently launched a line of edible facials and owns a production company, also spoke about the struggle to reach the Hollywood mainstream from soap opera stardom: “I was famous on a soap. That doesn’t make you a great actress. So I went to America to start all over again,” she said. “My English sucked. Worse, there weren’t any parts. Mexican women played maids or gangster’s wives. And that’s if you got lucky.”
After getting denied a part by director Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters, No Strings Attached) because of her Latin background, she spearheaded the project of Frida, a biopic about the groundbreaking Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Years later, according to Hayek, Reitman apologized.