Salma Hayek, the star of the Miramax-produced Frida, broke her silence about the alleged abuses she suffered at the hands of Harvey Weinstein, a man she’s calling “her monster” in a devastatingly vivid New York Times article.
Her story makes clear how male abuses of power in Hollywood aren’t actually just about sex, but also about gatekeeping prestige filmmaking from women — especially those of color.
According to her account, Weinstein warned her that “I will kill you, don’t think I can’t,” when Hayek denied his relentless sexual advances. But he didn’t stop there. She also claims that he demanded she add a lesbian sex scene — a clear attempt to humiliate and degrade her, undermining the artistry of her film while effectively sabotaging his own financial investment out of pure spite.
Hayek described Weinstein’s “brainwashing” that, even to this day, makes her doubt her value in the industry, and which kept her quiet — until now. “I felt that by now nobody would care about my pain — maybe this was an effect of the many times I was told, especially by Harvey, that I was nobody,” she wrote. Because, “In his eyes, I was not an artist. I wasn’t even a person. I was a thing: not a nobody, but a body.”
Having started as a Mexican telenovela star, working with Weinstein represented a chance at a big break in the United States, she says, and to express herself as an artist in the daring ways she dreamed of.
She’d long identified with Frida Kahlo, and “it became my mission to portray the life of this extraordinary artist and to show my native Mexico in a way that combated stereotypes.”
But then the Weinstein reality hit. Hayek writes that at every opportunity, he tried to set her up for failure, constantly humiliating her during production, and disparaging her performance (which she later won an Oscar for). She remained defiant, insisting on staying true to Frida’s trademark unibrow. But, “he told me that the only thing I had going for me was my sex appeal,” and, because she wouldn’t comply to making the film “sexier,” that he wanted to shut down the film, “because no one would want to see me in that role.”
Still, Hayek persisted. Every other hurdle he put in her way as both an actress and producer on the film backfired. Except, that is, for one. She says Weinstein made it clear that he would only allow her to finish the movie if she agreed to full-frontal nudity in a sex scene with another woman.
Hayek’s description of that day on set is horrifying:
“My body began to shake uncontrollably, my breath was short and I began to cry and cry, unable to stop, as if I were throwing up tears,” she wrote. “My mind understood that I had to do it, but my body wouldn’t stop crying and convulsing. At that point, I started throwing up while a set frozen still waited to shoot. I had to take a tranquilizer, which eventually stopped the crying but made the vomiting worse. As you can imagine, this was not sexy, but it was the only way I could get through the scene.”
Hayek sharing her story marks yet another woman who bravely has come forward and shared the truth about their own experiences dealing with abusive behavior.
Read Hayek’s full account over at The New York Times.
John Travolta has got the moves to ‘Grease’ 40 years on
That belt loop hip shake from 1978’s Grease has surely been replicated countless times in schools, dances, and in front of mirrors.
Wednesday marked 40 years since the film premiered in New York City, and John Travolta just so happened to be on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, although to promote his upcoming film Gotti.
The shake, which Travolta calls the “four corners,” was introduced when Grease’s choreographer needed a step at the end of “You’re The One That I Want.”
Turns out Travolta still has some of those moves, by the way.
Alicia Silverstone explains why she has Donald Trump’s number in her phone
“Alicia Silverstone and Donald Trump exchanged numbers about 10 years ago. But, before you jump to conclusions, you need to hear the full account of what happened.
On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the Clueless star said that she and Trump had a “date to talk about solar panels” and that his name and number are still in her phone to this very day.
So, what exactly happened? “I was on one of the other talk shows in the daytime talking about solar panels and silk milk… and he [Trump] said he was really interested and we exchanged numbers so that we could continue this conversation about solar panels,” she said. “So I met with him.”
Serena Williams ‘Wakanda-inspired Catsuit’ that makes her feel like a superhero
Serena Williams is already a superhero to each and every one of us. But, as it turns out, she also has a Black Panther-inspired catsuit which makes her feel like a “warrior princess”.
After Williams beat Kristya Pliskova at the French open at Stade Roland Garros, Paris on Tuesday, she spoke about the meaning behind her black bodysuit.
“It feels like this suit represents all the women that have been through a lot mentally, physically, with their body to come back and have confidence and to believe in themselves,” she said following her victory on Tuesday, per the Guardian.
Williams just made her return to the sport nine months after the birth of her daughter. She suffered complications at the time of the birth due to a pulmonary embolism.
In addition to being a symbol of confidence and empowerment, the suit also reminds Williams of Black Panther.
“I call it, like, my Wakanda-inspired catsuit,” Williams said. “We designed it way before the movie, but still, it kind of reminds me of that.”
Not only that, Williams says when she dons her black bodysuit, she feels “like a warrior princess.”
“I always wanted to be a superhero and it’s kind of my way of being a superhero,” she said.
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