Salma Hayek has had a tumultuous 12 months. In a dialog with Variety revealed as we speak, the actress revealed she’s spent the higher half of the previous 12 months recovering from a critical case of COVID-19—one she describes as “near fatal.”
“My doctor begged me to go to the hospital because it was so bad,” Hayek remembers. “I said, ‘No, thank you. I’d rather die at home.’” After spending seven weeks in isolation—she was even placed on oxygen at one level—the 54 year-old is on the mend, although she’s nonetheless working to seek out the vitality she as soon as had.
During her interview, the actress additionally shares particulars on her 2017 essay for The New York Times accounting her sexual harassment and bullying by Harvey Weinstein, noting she entered a major melancholy after it was revealed. “It was so hard because I chose not to be a victim even though I was a victim. I had to convince myself that I’m a fighter and above all else, a survivor,” she says. “When all this happened with the Harvey story, I didn’t know that it happened to so many women. I went into such a depression for months. It really took an army of women to make me see I was a true survivor, and a true fighter.”
Hayek credit her husband’s help for ushering her via the robust time. “Although he was shocked that I didn’t tell him the details of what I had gone through, and he was upset that I didn’t tell him and that we were around [Weinstein], he was amazing. A lot of people were upset with me. Friends were upset with me that I didn’t tell them what really happened. Then I thought, I have to do it. Afterwards, a lot of people wrote to me. A lot from the industry said, “This happened to me.”’
But all this hasn’t stopped the business veteran from working. Hayek returns to the massive display subsequent month, starring in Patrick Hughes’ Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard alongside Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson. Unlike the movie’s prequel The Hitman’s Bodyguard, the film will focus closely on Hayek’s character, Sonia Kincaid, a job the actress says she’s had an enormous hand in crafting.
“I said [to Hughes], ‘Let’s make it really interesting and talk about menopause in a funny way.’ Imagine if you have a character that’s already crazy and then add those hormones,” Hayek advised Variety. Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is ready to be launched on June 16.
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