“I remember once I went to the movies and someone gave me knocks on the back of my chair and he said: ‘Mexican, don’t you sit in front of me. Go back to your country. ‘ I remember once again I was queuing at a cafeteria and someone grabbed my arm, pulled me out of the line and said: ‘I’m not going to line up behind a Mexican woman,’ “he developed.
Hayek also indicated that studies believed that I would never have a hole in the US. and for this reason they suggested that he return to Mexico to make soap operas.
“But I stayed here,” he said.
“I want to say to everyone who is here, my dear fans, that it was you who gave me the courage to stay here. Hollywood studios, all Latinos in the US knew who he was, they understood that he had come with dreams like them. These fans have been with me for 37 years. In the hard times, they gave me the courage, “he said.
On the other hand, the actress pointed out that all People are made of “stardust”.
“So when you all see my star here, I want you to know that since you are all in my heart, part of our stardust is here on this site. You are also part of this star,” he concluded.
Tributes from friends
The nominated for an Oscar for best actress for “Frida” (2002) and that next week he will release the film “House of Gucci”, by Ridley Scott, received praise from his friends today at the ceremony.
Thus, Adam Sandler assured that Hayek is “one of the best actresses of our generation” and he praised above all the friendship that binds them since they worked together.
In a somewhat strange speech and with a sometimes out-of-tone sense of humor, Sandler apologized for not being as elegant as Hayek as he attended the event with a very informal style.
The actor became more serious to close his speech and said that Hayek is “an incredible person and with his feet on the ground.”
For its part, Chloé Zhao compared Hayek to her character in “Eternals” Ajak, which is “a leader, a mother, and a healer.”
“Salma is a person of incredible talent, depth and compassion. She is a woman brave enough to open her own path,” defended the double Oscar winner for “Nomadland” (2020).
Finally, the mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, praised the Mexican woman in Spanish.
“Salma is an angel in the city of Los Angeles. It is a representation of our dreams, our stories and our hope,” he said.