Within the film industry there are few celebrities who have forged a true friendship that goes beyond the workplace, such is the case of Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek. The actresses have been close friends for more than 20 years and over time they have shown the love and respect they feel for each other. What few knew, until now, is how this unbreakable bond began.
For years, Hollywood stars have shown the close relationship they maintain, despite living in different countries and having extremely busy schedules. Proof of this are those reunions that have starred on red carpets, at public events or some important ceremony such as the Oscars.
In an interview with The Ellen Show, Cruz recounted how it was the day he met Hayek, after he arrived in Los Angeles, California, to start the adventure in Hollywood. This first approach would end up becoming the beginning of a great friendship.
HOW DID SALMA HAYEK AND PENÉLOPE CRUZ MEET?
Salma Hayek and Penélope Cruz met in the 1990s when both actresses were starting out in the competitive world of Hollywood. At that time, their names were not known and they arrived in the United States with all their dreams ahead of them.
Hayek was the first to arrive in the United States to try her luck in Hollywood, after having succeeded as an actress in her native Mexico. A short time later, Penólope Cruz arrived, a young Spanish actress who also wanted to venture into the film industry in the North American country.
When Salma found out about Penelope’s arrival in the United States, she didn’t hesitate for a second to support her and welcome her with open arms. Before meeting in person, the artists established communication via telephone to talk about the possibility of finding a job opportunity.
In an interview with The Ellen Show, Cruz recounted how it was the day she met Hayek and said that her colleague supported her when she arrived in the United States and offered her to stay at his house so that she did not have to stay in a hotel and feel lonely.
“The first time I went to Los Angeles we didn’t know each other, I only knew her by phone. And I came here to make a movie, so I had my return ticket, I was coming for two months and I didn’t know anybody. […]. It was unbelievable that someone I didn’t know, who I knew only through the phone, made sure to pick me up at the airport and wouldn’t let me go to a hotel,” she stated.
“She told me, ‘You’re not going to the hotel, you’re going to come to my house because it’s hard at first and you’re going to feel very lonely,’ so she took me to her house,” he said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
During the first night that Penélope Cruz stayed at Salma Hayek’s house, something very peculiar happened. The protagonist of Parallel Mothers felt a deep fear that led her to sleep next to her colleague, who received her in her bed without any problem.
But that was not all, according to the Spanish during the Ellen DeGeneres program, she unconsciously held Salma’s hand because fear persisted in her dreams and she managed to calm her down.
“I ended up sleeping in her room because I was scared, that’s how we met. In addition to all that, she says that in the middle of the night I shook her hand because she was scared, I don’t know, she was dreaming, ”she commented.
Since then, the stars have become great friends and have shared their professional and personal triumphs. Without a doubt, a story that has left its mark among the followers of both actresses.