The world of cinema nearly lost Oscar-nominated Salma Hayek after she gave birth to the daughter she made with billionaire high-fashion mogul Francois-Henri Pinault. Salma tells Allure (via ET) that after their now 7-year-old daughter Valentina Paloma was born, she wanted to turn in her resignation to Hollywood and spend her days taking care of her kid and maybe every now and again she’d use her man’s private jet to travel to a third world country to feed a parched orphan with her world-saving chichis of perfection. That dream was crushed when Salma’s billionaire piece said the words nobody wants to hear from their billionaire piece: “You have to work.” That’s a real “back up and come again, motherfucker” moment.
But Salma says that she doesn’t have calluses on her hands from shoveling for money, because she’s not a gold digger. As soon as her billionaire husband proposed, she let him know that she wants to be financially free. (I’m not saying that Salma got with Franny for his money, but in Heather Mills’ Guide to Gold Digging it says that you should always tell the rich dude that you don’t need his money. It also says that you should hit him with your fake leg if he tries to run away, but I don’t think Salma did that.)
“I have a system in my life that I’ve chosen, where my expenses from before the marriage are my expenses. And he goes, ‘I know. That’s why I want to marry you.’ Maybe that’s also part of what works great in my marriage. I still have my independence. But he likes it…. And I get a lot of respect from him.”
Salma goes on to say that she was pretty hard-up and desperate before she found the “perfect man” in Linda Evangelista’s baby father. Um, I’d hardly call a billionaire who wants you to work “the perfect man,” but keep pulling our dicks, Salma. Now about that work thing, Franny pushed Salma to keep acting, because he doesn’t think she’s given us her best work yet. For being such a fan, Franny really doesn’t know his wife’s resume. She was in one of my favorite mid-90s masterpieces Fair Game with Cindy Crawford. It doesn’t get any better than that!
“I said, ‘I don’t think I want to work anymore.’ And it was François who said, ‘Oh, no, you’re going back to work.’ And I said, ‘I don’t want to.’ ‘Well, you have to [he said]. We’re not putting up with some lazy girl in the house. That’s not who I married. I don’t want to be deprived of your work. I want to watch it, too. And the world has not seen the best of you yet. So you cannot stop until some of that is put out.'”
Thankfully Salma listened to Franny, because if she didn’t, she would have never gone on to star in Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2 and Here Comes The Boom.