Salma Hayek felt like the mom on the set of ‘Eternals’

NEW YORK – Salma Hayek laughs when asked if she ever felt like the mom of the group on the established of “Eternals.”

“Yes, due to the fact everyone also came to convey to me about their complications … and I appreciated it a large amount,” says the Mexican actor, who at 55 performs the matriarch of the superheroes in the new Marvel motion picture.

And as a sample, she mentioned she had “thousands” of anecdotes.

“For case in point, Barry (Keoghan), who plays the position of Druig, has dyslexia like me and came to my trailer each day: ‘Help me, assistance me with the strains, I’m ashamed that others hear how I study.’ And there I would sit with him and we would laugh a ton. It was like carrying out homework with my kid,” Hayek stated in Spanish all through a latest video job interview from London. “He is considerably young than me, and he is one more actor with dyslexia.”

“Eternals,” directed by Academy Award winner Chloé Zhao, opens Friday in theaters.

The movie follows a team of immortal beings with superhuman powers who have secretly lived on Earth for 1000’s of a long time, and who now acquire to fight the evil Deviants, a fictional race of humanoids. The cast involves Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, Richard Madden, Gemma Chan and Lauren Ridloff, the 1st deaf actor to enjoy a superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


As Ajak, whose superpower is healing, Hayek’s is the only character who has a direct connection to the Celestials, an historic race of beings that have large qualities to manipulate make any difference and energy, and who sent the Eternals on a mission to Earth.

The actor, who experienced knowledge with CGI from Robert Rodriguez’s “Spy Kids” flicks, explained she was shocked by how small the technology was applied in Zhao’s movie. The “Nomadland” director is recognised for her fairly naturalistic model.

“Normally they don’t use locations (for superhero films), all the surroundings is performed later on with computers. We filmed in the Canary Islands and listed here in the United kingdom and I cherished it, it all felt extremely natural and organic,” she stated, noting that her only CGI scenes are people in which she speaks to a Celestial.

“You are looking at a cross on a eco-friendly wall even though you have 1000’s of extensions that weigh a lot and this factor that I have on my head that also weighs, so I finished with some neck discomfort … but I just did that a few of situations.”


A person of her most important problems, in truth, was similar to the costumes. In addition to the headdress and extensions, some of the suits were so restricted that getting just a few lbs . could be a problem.

“I was terrified mainly because the filming took like five months. I did not go each and every working day, but it was a time period of 5 months exactly where, if you get pounds — and I tend to be like this,” she suggests, creating waves with her hand. “I explained, ‘Oh, I am not going to be capable to attain or eliminate any pounds because of these fits.”

“I was absolutely ideal!” she additional with a laugh. “After the pandemic, I experienced to do a pair additional photographs and the suit didn’t healthy any longer! Fantastic issue that it was a thing really small, mainly because it was truly traumatizing. But hey, it happened to many of us.”

“Eternals” is one of four Hayek movies releasing in 2021. The Oscar-nominated actress (for 2002′s “Frida”) starred this yr in “Bliss” and “Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard”, and will future show up in “House of Gucci” with Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons and Al Pacino.


Of the four, “Eternals” is the only just one directed by a lady.

“I have such an admiration for her,” she explained excitedly about Zhao. “She is super powerful, she understands incredibly effectively what she would like. Some people said, ‘Oh, but she’s produced quite tiny movies, she’s not heading to know how to tackle these a major manufacturing.’ Uff, she is super technical, well-educated in cinema, she understands each the immense and the personalized … and she handles the actors tremendous properly.”

Zhao manufactured certain to place with each other a solid that could not be far more inclusive. In addition to Hayek as a Latina and Ridloff as the first deaf superhero, “Eternals” also characteristics Black (Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos) and Asian actors (Chan, Nanjiani and Ma Dong-seok, as Makkari, Kingo and Gilgamesh, respectively) and shows the first homosexual kiss in a Marvel motion picture.

Hayek said opined that even though the inclusion of a numerous cast “sometimes feels a little pressured,” that was not the situation for “Eternals.”


“Like anything Chloe does, she seriously does it from her intestine, since she thinks in it normally,” she reported.


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