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Latino Daily News

Wednesday December 8, 2010

Salma Hayek: “I was Once an Illegal Immigrant”

The Mexican actress penned an article and is featured in the cover of December’s edition of Spain’s V magazine. In her article, she said “I was an illegal immigrant in the United States. It was for a small period of time, but I still did it.”

The 44-year old Hollywood star, who is now a US citizen also commented on her rough beginnings in Hollywood, even saying she felt the industry was racist back then: “I had to endure the worst time of all in terms of racial discrimination in Hollywood when I first started out. It was inconceivable to American directors and producers that a Mexican woman could have a lead role.”

Sayek, who was spotted Christmas shopping at a doll auction in Paris Tuesday, went on to praise Hollywood’s inclusion of Latinos to the industry “Hollywood has definitely grown, in embracing the inclusion of Latinos in the world because, for some time, we didn’t exist. We were not part of any stories.”

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