Salma Hayek Talks Motherhood

Salma Hayek Talks Motherhood

The actress reveals her secrets to Rachel Ray.

Published November 5, 2011

It's hard to picture jetsetting sex symbol Salma Hayek pulling mommy duty in the kitchen, but the Puss in Boots actress insists she's crafty when it comes to feeding her four-year-old daughter Valentina Paloma.


Hayek has even found a way to get her daughter to eat vegetables, telling Rachel Ray her secret: “I camouflage them. They love pasta...[so] I put [them] in tomato sauce,” she revealed on Ray's talk show.


“You know what you can hide really well? Aubergine [eggplant], roast carrots, roast bell peppers [and] you can put a little bit of greens if you put enough of the other stuff.”


But Salma's domestic goddess routine doesn't stop in the kitchen. She's also cracked the secret to controlling every mom's worst nightmare: crying children in confined spaces.


“She’s on the plane a lot and in the car a lot and sometimes they get cranky. Really, you know what that is? They’re getting carsick,” Hayek explains. “I have these bracelets that are for motion sickness that I used while I was pregnant — because I was carsick for nine months nonstop! I put them on her and it’s made a huge difference.”


Does all this sound strange coming from a woman who made her name kicking ass in high heels and tight latex? Well, Hayek makes it clear that these days, her four-year-old rules the roost. 


“We have our dates that it’s just her and I, we have to have them,” she shares. ”They’re always at night, you know, we go to the movies or to dinner just her and I.”

Written by Smriti Mundhra


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