These days, wherever you see Salma Hayek you’re likely to find her 7-year-old daughter, Valentina, right behind her. The actress-producer recently brought her little one to the L.A. premiere of her new film, Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, and said the two have traveled the world together going on “so many great adventures.”
But in this week’s issue of PEOPLE, Hayek, 48, admits there was a time when she feared she might never become a mom.
“I had my child so late in life,” says Hayek of giving birth shortly after her 41st birthday. “I thought I wasn’t going to be able to and it was such an important thing to me.”
Soon after her daughter’s arrival Hayek decided to stop working. “My focus went completely on her,” she says.
But it was her husband who encouraged her to continue doing what she loves. She is thankful for that decision today and feels being a working mom teaches her daughter a valuable lesson.
“It’s important that your kids understand that they are the most important thing but it’s not all about them. You set an example that you are also your own person and you have to continue to grow in the field that you are working.”
And while she agreed with her husband that going back to work was the right choice, she says there is one thing the two don’t see eye to eye on – who Valentina most takes after.
“I think she is more like him and he thinks she is more like me,” she says. “I think she looks like him and he things she looks like me.”
For more of Salma Hayek’s thoughts on motherhood and marriage check out this week’s issue of PEOPLE on stands Friday.