Salma Hayek Talks Her New Film “The Prophet,” Studio Discrimination

In a recent interview, Salma Hayek sat down and laid out her thoughts on her new animated adaptation of Kahlil Gibran’s ‘The Prophet” , which opens today. As expressed in the interview, her intentions with the film were to give viewers an artistic interpretation they can’t predict, showcasing 9 different animation styles, and promoting a story about a little girl’s journey to find her voice, which can inspire all women, and men, and humans, and voiced and non-voiced sentient objects.

When asked about discrimination she’s faced, Hayek laughed, saying the trinity of being Latina, Arab, a woman, AND outspoken has obviously brought with it a great deal of discrimination both in her daily life in America, and her run-ins with Hollywood studios.

“They want a woman who is quiet and pretty and doesn’t have strong opinions,” Hayek said, “Plus, Hollywood goes on stereotypes, and I don’t really fit their idea of a Latina woman, or an Arab woman, or an American woman, or whatever.”

Salma said coming here from Mexico was a large gamble, as she was already a successful soap star and could have continued on that path. She said there was a turning point during which she questioned what she really wanted out of acting, and her life’s meaning making in general, fame wasn’t the end-all in her mind, but rather being involved in projects of substance.

Despite the odds, Hayek has managed to both achieve fame AND produce amazing work, which I personally am very excited to see!

[Huffington Post]