She was born with a silver spoon in her mouth into a rich family in Mexico. After moving to the U.S. and becoming a Hollywood star, Salma decided to become an American citizen. Of course, she lied when she took the citizenship oath and retained her Mexican citizenship. The reason she became a U.S. citizen was so she could agitate in favor of Latinos. (See SalmaÂ´s Citizenship Strategy - And Ours).
Now in a recent interview, Salma is proud to boast that at some undisclosed point in time she was an illegal alien.
It's reported in a Daily Mail article with this whimsical title: Now That's the American Dream: Salma Hayek Reports That She was Once an Illegal Immigrant Daily Mail Online, December 9th, 2010:
Salma Hayek has confessed that she entered the U.S. as an illegal immigrant.It's a status symbol for Mexicans to be an illegal alien in the U.S. Even President Calderon claimed to have relatives living illegally north of the border, though one of his relatives was interviewed and didn't know who he was talking about.
The actress, now considered one of the most influential Latino stars in Hollywood, admitted she was classed as an illegal for a 'small period of time'. The Mexican born star did not reveal at what age she was illegal or any other details, but told a Spanish magazine: 'I was an illegal immigrant in the United States, 'It was for a small period of time, but I still did it.'
Regarding Salma, when she moved to Los Angeles to make it in Hollwyood, she was already famous in Mexico and had a BMW. But at some point she says she was an illegal alien.
The Mail continues:
The actress, who is now a naturalised U.S. citizen, also said she suffered from racial discrimination as she tried to build her career.Well, yes, she is a U.S. citizen but she obtained her citizenship for the express goal of enabling herself to be a Latino activist. She maintains her Mexican citizenship, in contravention of the U.S. citizenship oath. Now, how about this "racial discrimination" she says she suffered from ? Salma Hayek is of Lebanese and Spanish descent, from a rich family in Mexico. How was she discriminated against in Hollywood?
'I had to endure the worst time of all in terms of racial discrimination in Hollywood when I first started out,' Hayek says.Sounds horrible. But, once again, how was she discriminated against?
'It was inconceivable to American directors and producers that a Mexican woman could have a lead role.'Oh, so Salma's definition of being discriminated against is not being the star of a Hollywood movie! Well, I personally haven't been the star of a Hollywood movie. I suppose none of my readers has either. So by the Salma test, haven't we all been discriminated against?
Here's how the article ends:
As well as being the most powerful Latino star in Hollywood she is also an active campaigner for women's rights as well as those of undocumented workers.