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'The Eternals' Star Salma Hayek Believes 'Sisterhood' Is Her 'Real-Life Superpower,' Says Women Are 'Powerful In Solidarity'

Nov. 3 2021, Published 10:54 a.m. ET

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In The Eternals, Salma Hayek portrays Ajak, a spiritual leader who has the ability to physically heal others, but the actress believes that her "real-life superpower has been sisterhood."

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While being honored as one of ELLE's Women in Hollywood, the 55-year-old star explained that she owes much of her success to the strong female role models in her life.

"I come from a generation of women that had to create a united army of true warriors to break through an industry that systematically underestimated us," the Ugly Betty alum stated while accepting the title. "We had to have each other’s back. We had to draw strength from each other, and we had to be clever as a united force."

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However, the Oscar nominee insisted that she cherishes "the adversity" since it gave her the "privilege to experience and value how powerful we are in solidarity."

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Hayek then gave a special shout-out to her "Eternals sisters" Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan and Lauren Ridloff, in addition to thanking the flick's "extraordinary" director Chloe Zhao.

"Thank you, for not only taking me under your wings, but giving me the chance to fly," she told the latter.

Hayek has been vocal about her admiration for Zhao, noting that she had always believed she was too old to play a superhero — but the Oscar winner showed her differently.

"One day I got the call and I’m like,'What?' And I thought, OK, I’m going to play the grandmother. I never thought I was going to be one of the Eternals. It doesn’t happen," she recalled to ELLE. "It’s never happened to me like that before without a fight and like, 'I can do this, please hire me!'"

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Continued the Frida lead, "When she told me I was one of them, I was like,'Me, Mexican, Middle Eastern? Me, in my fifties? I’m going to be a superhero in a Marvel movie?'"

"Sometimes as a woman, as a woman of color and with the age, you feel so overlooked," the mom-of-one admitted. "It was one of those moments where you think, 'OK, I held on in this industry, survived for this long.' I just felt acknowledged by somebody I admire and didn’t know she was watching me. I kept feeling like, S**t, this one is cool. She’s got balls, she’s interesting."


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