When Director Robert Rodriguez spotted her, Salma Hayek got her first break in Hollywood and agreed to cast her alongside Antonio Banderas in his 1995 action drama Desperado. On a thundering note, the film began its acting career and became an instant success. When she went breast and ass naked while shooting a sex scene with Antonio in the movie, it also gained her the status of a sex symbol.
But many do not realize that it was really traumatic for her to film the scene. Salma made it clear, describing her experience of filming the sex scene, that her trauma had nothing to do with the director or the star. While speaking in their famous weekly podcast, Armchair Expert, to Dax Shepard and Monica Padman, Salma revealed that there was no mention between her and Antonio of the love making scene. After the production commenced, it was brought to her notice.
Salma was really happy to get a big break in Hollywood, but the love scene really clashed with her. She started to cry as they were about to start filming the scene. I don’t know I can do that. I’m afraid,”I don’t know that I can do it. I’m afraid,” The director was like her brother, and Elizabeth Avellán, his then-wife and producer, was her best friend.
On a closed set which had only four of them, she decided to do the scene. She kept saying that she was fascinated by Robert Rodriguez and Antonio and never placed pressure on her, but for her, the moment was really traumatic. Antonio was one of the things I was afraid of—he was an absolute gentlemen and so cool, and we’re still super close friends, but he was really open.
It frightened me that it was like nothing to him. I was beginning to weep, and he was like, ‘Oh my Goodness. You make me feel bad.’ And I was so ashamed that I cried,’ said Salma. “I was not letting go of the towel. They would try to make me laugh. I would take it off for two seconds and start crying again.
But we got through it. We did the best with what we could do at the time.”I didn’t let go of the towel. They’d try to make me laugh. I’d take it off and start crying again for two seconds. But we got through it. At the time, we did the best we could do. Salma said she kept thinking about her father and brother constantly, whether they’re going to see it or they’re going to be mocked, adding, “Guys don’t have that.
Your father will be, ‘Yeah! That’s my son!'” The sex scene was filmed in short cuts and Salma said that’s the best she could do between the starts and the stops. When the movie was out, Salma said that she had finally decided to take her dad and brother to see the movie. “She then revealed that “they left the theater during the scene and came back when it was done,” adding, “You want your dad to be proud of you. Salma was once told that because she is Mexican, she will never make it as an actress in Hollywood. For making her choose the right course, she thanked her hardships.