Salma Hayek has had a prolific career in Hollywood. The star has an Oscar nomination and an Emmy nomination to her name, and has appeared in several critically acclaimed and popular pieces of media.

However, Hayek recently revealed that it was not always smooth sailing for her. In a 2017 Role Recall interview with Yahoo Entertainment, the star revealed that she and Antonio Banderas faced a lot of struggles on account of their accents.

The whole thing was so bizarre, because Antonio and I really struggle because of our accents. Nobody wanted to hire us because of our accents. And in this case they hired us because of our voices, [because of] our accents.

Speaking of Banderas, Hayek recalled the one role that changed the trajectory of his career, the 2011 Shrek spin-off, “Puss in Boots.” Hayek recalled Banderas’ performance, saying that “he was just so amazing, this cat, and he was so Antonio.”

Nobody can forget Hayek’s amazing performance in the Kevin Smith epic “Dogma” either. All of those parts used her accent to its fullest.

Hayek recalled having confidence that the movie would do well, and it did. Puss in Boots went on to become the 15th highest grossing movie that year. As for Hayek, her own career has been quite legendary since. The star is set to appear next in Marvel’s “Eternals.”

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Abhishek Kar

Abhishek Kar is a freelance writer and a full-time pop culture enthusiast from India. In his spare time, he likes to paint.

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