During the history of cinema, great stories of friendship have been told starring actors who have made us believe, on more than one occasion, that their complicity can go beyond the big screen. Nevertheless, there are few artists who have managed to build true personal ties with their colleaguesSuch is the case of Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal, Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, Emila Clarke and Jason Momoa, among others.
also occurs Salma Hayek and Penélope Cruz, two renowned actresses who have stood out in the international film industry for their talent and charisma. For years, the stars have shared some details about their close relationship that, despite multiple adversities, they have managed to preserve. However, few know the funny story that exists behind their first approach that would end up becoming the beginning of their inspiring story.
how they met
It was the 90s when Salma Hayek decided to try her luck in the United States after debuting as a telenovela actress in Mexico. With a lot of effort she managed to find a space in Los Angeles, California, and she began to knock on the doors of the big studios while she pursued a goal, to become one of the best performers and to put her native country on high.
His first opportunity came Street Justice, an action and crime television series. Later she participated in My crazy life, The alley of miracles, Four Rooms, Desperate and Illegal Hunting, thus taking his first steps in international cinema. It was during these years that he met Penelope Cruz, a young Spanish actress who also wanted to venture into Hollywood..
Before meeting in person, the artists established communication via telephone to talk about the possibility of finding a job opportunity. From this moment on, the Mexican shared her enthusiasm and dreams with the Spanish in order to invite her to try it. It is worth mentioning that Although Salma was not yet considered a great star, she was forging her name.
Penelope Cruz didn’t think twice and decided to stay in the United States after participating in a project without knowing that fate had in store for her a career full of success. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Pedro Almodóvar’s muse confessed that she did not expect to receive such kindness from Salma Hayek since her first meeting because they did not really know each other.
“The first time I went to Los Angeles we didn’t know each otherI only knew her on the phone. And I came here to make a movie, so I had my return ticket, I was coming for two months and I didn’t know anyone […] It was unbelievable that someone I didn’t know, who I knew only through the phone, made sure to pick me up at the airport and wouldn’t let me go to a hotel,” he said.
The initial gesture of the protagonist of Frida (2002) surprised Penélope Cruz and there was still more to come, because instead of arriving at the hotel where she planned to stay for a few days, she temporarily moved to the Mexican woman’s apartment after receiving a sincere invitation.
“She told me: ‘You are not going to go to the hotel, you are going to come to my house because it is difficult at the beginning and you are going to feel very alone’so he took me to his house,” he said. The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
The night that defined their friendship
During the first night that Penélope Cruz stayed at Salma Hayek’s home, something very strange happened. At some point, the protagonist of parallel mothers  felt a deep fear he took her to sleep next to his hostess, who received her into her bed without any problem.
But that was not all, according to the anecdote that the Spanish told during the Ellen DeGeneres program, she had unconsciously held her colleague’s hand because fear persisted in her dreams and fortunately the closeness with Salma would have calmed everything. the situation.
“I ended up sleeping in her room because I was scared, that’s how we met. Besides all that, she says that in the middle of the night i shook her hand because i was scaredI don’t know, I was dreaming,” he said.
It took about two months for them to become best friends. Since then, the stars have shared their professional and personal triumphs, in addition to shocking the public with their encounters on the red carpets of different events because they always hug each other, exchange a few words and pose very smiling for the camera.
“We are partners, we went together hand in hand making our way”, declared Salma Hayek during a meeting with the media.
During her long career in the middle, Salma Hayek has been characterized by the warmth she has shown with her teammates. She is also considered a pillar for Latin actors and actresses because she usually receives them with great affection when they visit the United States. Although she is currently a star in every sense of the word, she maintains her roots firmly, so at every opportunity she looks for a way to share her Mexican culture and the Spanish language.
Both Salma Hayek and Penélope Cruz built solid careers within the film industry and both have enjoyed the honeys of success. In 2008, the Spanish interpreter was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category at the Oscars. for his role in Vicky Cristina Barcelonaa film directed by Woody Allen, and won.
After several years, the actress was considered again by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences during the 94th edition of the awards that took place in March 2022, but this time she was considered for Best Actress. The moment became more relevant because her husband, Javier Bardem, was also nominated in the same category but for the male gender.
Unfortunately, neither of them won, but they witnessed one of the most controversial moments in the entire history of the Oscars, when Will Smith slapped Chris Rock after a joke he made about Jada Smith’s physical appearance.
Meanwhile, Salma Hayek’s recent professional achievements include her incorporation into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Ajak in Eternals and also highlighted The House of Gucci alongside Lady Gaga, Jared Leto, Adam Driver and Al Pacino.