Do you think people would stop yelling about illegal immigration if they realized that some of the people immigrating are supremely gorgeous Oscar nominees? Nah, you’re right. That would probably just make them yell louder. In a new interview with V Magazine Spain, Salma Hayek reveals she was an illegal immigrant when she brought her hotness to the States. “It was for a small period of time, but I still did [live here illegally],” admitted Hayek. Luckily Salma is now a naturalized citizen, or we’re sure somebody would be burning their copy of From Dusk Til Dawn right about now.
Unfortunately, Hayek’s acting career in the U.S. did not come without obstacles, i.e. horrible racism. “I had to endure the worst time of all in terms of racial discrimination in Hollywood when I first started out. It was inconceivable to American directors and producers that a Mexican woman could have a lead role,” Hayek revealed. Snaps to Salma for sticking it out and proving that Latinas can carry their own, as well as being one of our favorite 30 Rock cameos. Which one is more important? It’s hard to say. Oh, wait, no. It’s definitely the first one. [Photo: Getty Images]