Salma Hayek Gets Deep About Being a Mexican Actress in Hollywood

Real talk.

Salma Hayek has been killing it in Hollywood for decades, but it hasn't always been that easy for the Mexican born actress. While promoting her new film The Hitman's Bodyguard went deep about her struggles in her Hollywood.

"At the very beginning, it was like not possible," she said about her time starting out as a Latin actress. "They would laugh at you. They were laughing at me for wanting to act here because I was a soap star in Mexico and I had to start again as an extra because there was really nothing."

Getting into the specifics, the Oscar-nominated actress explained that the community of Latin actresses was incredibly small and it even took her some time to be embraced within that group.

"It was like the smallest community of actors trying to do the impossible," she said. "I was not part of them yet and the parts were very limited especially for women and I was the first Mexican getting a lead role since Dolores del Río in 1930 during the time of the silent movies."

After struggling to get recognized for years, the acteress now stands as one of the most celebrated actresses in Hollywood, period.

The Hitman's Bodyguard hits theaters on August 18.

Watch Salma talk about her tough journey to stardom in the BET video, above.

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