When photos of Eminem and Salma Hayek looking frightened together backstage at the 2020 Oscars went viral, fans wonder exactly what could’ve happened. We now have Salma’s side of the story. The actress recently appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show and dished on the topic.

Salma says she suffers from crippling stage fright. When she was supposed to present at the show, her nerves got the best of her, and she spilled water all over Slim Shady while fangirling. Before she knew what happened, she was being directed to take the stage. That’s when the famous moment was captured.

“You see, people don’t know, I don’t look like it happens to me, but I have terrible stage fright. I’m just a really good actress that I pretend it’s not happening, but I really get it very bad. I go dizzy, my mouth gets dry. So, I have a song that I put in my head that helps me get through it. Which is “Lose Yourself.” I mean, you hear that you feel like you can do anything. So I hear it in my head.

And I was going to present at the Oscars, which is really nerve-wracking, especially if you have stage fright. This one day, I was extra nervous because I hadn’t slept, I was jet-lagged, I was feeling shaky. So this one time, I’m drinking the water because my mouth immediately goes dry. So I’m walking towards it, and I’m singing “Lose Yourself” in my head. And then it’s like, it’s not syncing to something. I’m drinking the water, and then I go like, “Wait a minute. Have I lost it?!” I go to the person, “Is “Lose Yourself” playing right now?!” Because I heard it like in a stereo. He was not announced that he was gonna be at the Oscars. As I was ready to come out he was on stage playing “Lose Yourself”, but I didn’t know! I knew everybody who was at this Oscars, but it was a surprise.

I’m so nervous, I think it’s me and then all of a sudden, wait a minute? It was really scary. I was actually embarrassed to ask, I hesitated for a minute, and it was the end of it. At this moment, I’m more nervous, and he comes out exactly on the side that I’m in. And I just, I’m so nervous, I go, “I love you!! I love you!!” I spit the water on him! I drank, and I was screaming, “I love you! I love you!” And then I see he’s in shock with water all over, and I go, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry!!!” They were like, “Go, go”, and I was like, “Somebody, take a picture!!!” They took a picture and then I left.

I felt so humiliated. I still had to go and do it, and the next day I went home, and I said,” Oh my God, my hero thinks I’m a freak”. And the next morning they asked him because it was a big deal, it was a surprise, “Did you enjoy going this time?” And he said something like, “Oh, I really enjoyed it because I got to meet Salma Hayek!”

We can’t blame Salma Hayek for getting excited to meet the most successful rapper of all time. Shady was probably pumped to meet her, too! He recently geeked out when he got to perform with LL Cool J. Reports indicate that Shady did not soak LL with a drink.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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