Salma Hayek blasts Hollywood stereotypes

Salma Hayek has claimed Hollywood « goes by stereotypes », insisting women are hired in the film industry just to be « quiet and look pretty ».
Salma Hayek claims Hollywood « goes by stereotypes ».

The ‘Everly’ star believes women are hired in the film industry to be « quiet and look pretty ».

She said: « They don’t like somebody who has an opinion on the script.

« They want a girl to come in and be quiet and look pretty and do as the say, and it’s just not in my nature … It’s hard. They go by stereotypes. »

And the 48-year-old actress thinks her Mexican heritage makes it difficult for directors and casting managers to put her « in a box ».

Speaking on HuffPost Live, she explained: « Sometimes it’s hard to put me in a box.

« I am so many things – specifically and proudly – [but] in their head, I’m not quite the typical Latin woman, in many ways, or the typical Arab woman, or the typical American woman, so it’s hard for them to pin me. »

It is not the first time Salma has blasted Hollywood’s sexism after she previously revealed she was « pipped out » of roles before in favour of the male star.

She shared: « I’ve had movies where the director really wanted me, but the dude didn’t approve and I’ve got pipped out. In scripts, a lot of the time there is a part that’s good, that then starts dumbing down. If you get on set and start to make it better, they don’t like it. »