Salma Hayek Reveals She "Didn't Want to Be Naked" in 'Desperado'

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Salma Hayek wasn't always so comfortable showing off her body, especially when it came to movie roles. The Mexican-born beauty told The Sun newspaper that filming the nude scenes for the 1992 film Desperado with Antonio Banderas had her in tears. 

"It was my first chance at an American film and I knew I had to take it. In Desperado, I had great difficulty doing the love scene with Antonio Banderas. I actually cried. I didn't want to be naked in front of a camera and kept on thinking, 'What will my mother and father think about this?'"

But luckily, the actress worked through the trauma as it paid off: it helped launch her career, though she thought the opposite at first, due to her English.

"When the movie came out the critics were saying, 'Salma Hayek is a bombshell'," she said. "I was confused because I thought they were saying that the movie had 'bombed', as in failed, and it was all my fault."

Salma, who is known for her strong accent, shared how she was told early on that it would work to her disadvantage. "I was also told, at one point, that my accent would remind people in Hollywood of their Mexican housekeepers." She adds, "[But] I always knew that I would make it. When you say 'make it', in English, it means becoming a star. To me, it means not to have great success, but to simply be able to do what you want in life. That is enough."

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