Salma Hayek has earned herself a reputation as one of the most deadly femme fatales in Hollywood and this badass babe’s back-catalogue is hotter than a blowtorch in July.
I’ve carefully perused all corners of the 49-year-old icon’s kink-filled career so you don’t have to and below are some of her most memorable roles. Enjoy!
1. Unclothed By Candlelight In Desperado (1995)
Character Name: Carolina
What Makes The Scene So Hot? Trust me, you have never seen what looks suspiciously like a cake decorating wheel in such a sexy context. When you realize it’s a spur it will make a bit more sense. Also, that guitar solo is lifted straight from a ’70s porno in the most erotic possible way.
Is It Actually Good? With a 62 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, critics praised the movie’s gorgeous visual stylings but were pretty down on the general lack of character development and flimsy storyline. Totally worth a watch for the action scenes though.
What Did Salma Think Of The Role? This movie launched Hayek into the American mainstream, but she has admitted she felt pressure to do the nude scenes to make it in the industry, she told The Sun:
“It was my first chance at an American film and I knew I had to take it. I had great difficulty doing the love scene with Antonio Banderas. I actually cried. I didn’t want to be naked in front of a camera and kept on thinking, ‘What will my mother and father think about this?”
2. Vampire Va Va Voom In FromDusk Till Dawn (1996)
Character Name: Santanico Pandemonium
What Makes The Scene So Hot? “Slave For You” style Boa Constrictor? Check! Crimson Lingerie? Check! Discovering the sexiest way to drink beer possible? Check! Need I say more?
Is It Actually Good? FromDusk Till Dawn is as campy as a Carry On movie and has some serious B-movie vibes, but that doesn’t mean it’s not riotously entertaining from start to finish. With a 63 percent and a cult fanbase, this vampiric black comedy romp is worth sinking your teeth into.
What Did Salma Think Of The Role? Salma Hayek is actually terrified of snakes so, naturally, she didn’t exactly revel in the opportunity to get up close and personal with her scaly dance partner, she told IGN that:
“Do you know what it was like to dance with that snake in a bikini? That’s probably the biggest challenge I have ever encountered.”
3. That Dogma Strip Scene (1999)
Character Name: Serendipity
What Makes The Scene So Hot? To be honest, it’s more weird. But, pigtails.
Is It Actually Good? Yes! Probably Kevin Smith’s best work, Dogma is a riot that features Alanis Morissette as God. Be still my beating ’90s heart.
What Did Salma Think Of The Role? Seeing as she had a comparatively small role, Hayek wasn’t on the press circuit for Dogma.
4. Getting Cheeky In Wild Wild West (1999)
Character Name: Rita Escobar
What Makes The Scene So Hot? Be prepared to see the nightshirts that old time grampys wear in period drama in a hot, new light.
Is It Actually Good? The answer is a resounding NO. Still, it’s an entertaining movie to watch while half-drunk on a Sunday afternoon. In this flick, Salma is the sexy daughter of a not-sexy scientist who has been kidnapped by an evil general to build a giant spider machine. With a festering 17 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, maybe the clip above is enough for the average viewer.
What Did Salma Think Of The Role? The general public wasn’t kind to Wild Wild West and Salma Hayek totally feels them, she explained to IGN that:
“I did ‘Wild Wild West’ and while I was never naked in ‘Wild Wild West’ I felt a lot more naked and embarrassed wearing that stupid costume. I would have to push myself out of the trailer everyday. I cannot tell you how [much more] mortifying that was than actually being completely naked in bed with another woman.”
5. A Realistic Romp In Chain Of Fools (2000)
Character Name: Sergeant Meredith Kolko
What Makes The Scene So Hot? Because it actually captures the clumsy tear-your-clothes-off vibe that happens when you hook up with someone you’ve been lusting after IRL.
Is It Actually Good? It’s made for TV, need I elaborate? It does have a 42 percent on Rotten Tomatoes though, so maybe it’s not all bad.
What Did Salma Think Of The Role? Salma hasn’t even deigned to give this movie a solitary interview that I can dig up. Ouch.
6. Sapphic Seduction In Frida (2002)
Character Name: Frida Khalo
What Makes The Scene So Hot? Frida’s sizzling sensuality pairs with the way she gleefully embraces her sexuality to make a scene that is somehow even hotter than the full-frontal lesbian romp that comes later. Trust me.
Is It Actually Good? This biography of the eventful, tragic and passionate life of Frida Khalo is by far Hayek’s most impressive role, and this gripping technicolor tale will appeal to almost anyone.
What Did Salma Think Of The Role? Playing Frida was Salma Hayek’s all-time favorite film role, and she was totally behind stripping down for the intimate love scenes:
“It is very organic to the story I’m telling and incredibly important to really tell you who this woman was. So it makes you feel less naked because it’s not gratuitous. I’m not trying to please any audience. It’s not exploitive. It’s organic to the subject matter and it was absolutely necessary. Otherwise I would have been betraying the character. You have to embrace the character for everything that she was without any judgement and throw yourself completely, completely into it.”
7. Gorgeous But Deadly In Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003)
Character Name: Carolina
What Makes The Scene So Hot? The behind-the-scenes compilation above shows Hayek at her gun-toting, garter-popping badass best. That high kick at the end is FIYAHHHH!
Is It Actually Good? The final installment of the Desperado series actually tallied up reviews just as good as the original, garnering 68 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Like the original, there is more focus on visual style than substance, but if you like ultra-violent westerns, this one is for you.
What Did Salma Think Of The Role? Hayek remembers the franchise fondly and said being back with the cast who helped her sashay her way into the big time brought on all the feels:
“It bought back so many good memories, this was the first time I was in a leading part in an American film and it really was the movie that changed by life.”
8. High Adrenaline Antics In After The Sunset (2004)
Character Name: Lola Cirillo
What Makes The Scene So Hot? Why get a sharp-shooting sidekick and a girlfriend who likes boning in the sea foam when you can get a girl who does both?
Is It Actually Good? After the Sunset is a pretty generic action shocker that isn’t going to break any moulds, so if that’s your thing, go for it. Although it was pelted with a paltry 18 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, the audience score is a much more forgiving 52 percent.
What Did Salma Think Of The Role? Although she was initially worried that the movie was too slapstick in tone, Hayek soon warmed to the cast and the plot, she told Movieweb:
“No, I was worried about the movie. I’m a worrier, the tone, how is it? Is it funny? Is it too funny? Then I saw them and was relaxed. It was funny and like he said, endearing, there was something endearing about them.”
9. Love In An Elevator In Ugly Betty (2009)
Character Description: Sofia Reyes
What Makes The Scene So Hot? The titillation of it all. Pun intended.
Is It Actually Good? If you like feel-good fashion with some comedy embellishments thrown in for good measure, you’ll love the multi-award winning Betty. Oh, and Salma Hayek is executive producer so she’s confident in the show.
What Did Salma Think Of The Role? Hayek struggled to get Ugly Betty on air after a reluctance to fork out on a character who is both Latina and “unattractive,” but Salma finally managed to get the green light and show the world that audiences aren’t as narrow-minded as the networks think.
The show has totally wrapped now, but Hayek says the cast will always have “such a special place in my heart.” Awwww.
Which sexy Salma Hayek moment gets you hot under the collar?