On Friday, Salma Hayek accepted one of Hollywood’s greatest honors — she was awarded the two,709th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. However for the Eternals actress, the night time was extra than simply an accolade. It allowed her to reclaim a private reminiscence for herself.
Whereas giving her ready speech to followers and associates, Hayek opened up a couple of terrifying story from when she first moved to America to pursue her appearing goals in the early 1900s, recalling how she was visited by some associates from Mexico who wished to go to Hollywood Boulevard and purchase some souvenirs.
“We’re walking down the street, and a poor man was on the floor and was very messed up,” she defined, including that the person catcalled her. Hayek ignored him and stored strolling, and the person “took offense, got up, took a knife out, and started coming after me trying to stab me.”
An emotional Hayek went on to element how she and her associates ran away. “I was asking someone to call the police, nobody came,” she mentioned. “Eventually, we went in a store because we were so tired and it was so scary. We jumped over the counter, I grabbed a stick and I had to keep him from getting us with a stick.” Hayek continued to battle off her attacker till two males — who occurred to be Hells Angels — walked in and subdued the battle, getting Hayek and her associates to security.
“Everytime I thought about Hollywood Boulevard, this is what I remember,” Hayek mentioned. Whereas she detailed different cases of racism she skilled all through her profession and admitted that she virtually gave up on her goals, she additionally known as the night time “very healing” and thanked followers for standing by her for therefore a few years.
Through the ceremony, Hayek was honored by Eternals director Chloé Zhao and Adam Sandler, in addition to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who all spoke about her work and beauty on and off-camera.
“Selma is a person of incredible talent, depth, and compassion. She is a woman who is brave enough to walk, to pave her own way. And never allow anyone to put her in the box,” Zhao mentioned of her buddy.
Watch the complete ceremony and speeches beneath.