Salma Hayek Is the Coolest Mom on the Planet

Salma Hayek Puss in Boots
Salma Hayek
The amazingly talented and gorgeous Salma Hayek is currently out and about promoting her new movie Puss in Boots (she's the voice of Kitty Softpaws), which opens in theaters today. However, when this opened up the amazing opportunity for us to talk with Hayek, one of our favorite celebrity moms, we got a tad wrapped up in our super-favorite topic -- motherhood (but Puss in Boots looks like good fun, too!).

Talking to Salma was so nice -- the most dreamy and inspiring ten minutes ever!!! -- like talking to one of my best girlfriends. Just as we've seen in countless interviews, Salma Hayek is real and passionate, a huge advocate for moms, and a big believer in the important connection between women and mothers. Salma and me -- we laughed, we bonded, and we dreamed of a better future for all mothers (yep, all in a matter of ten amazing minutes).

Read our exclusive interview with Salma Hayek after the jump.


The Stir: Salma! Thanks so much for talking with us.

Salma Hayek: My pleasure.

The Stir: Since you had your daughter Valentina, we've been loving how you have been speaking out with such positive messages for women on motherhood, body image, sexuality, connections between mothers, and breastfeeding, too. You probably didn't mean to become a big breastfeeding advocate when you breastfed the sick, hungry baby in Africa. But you did. And we just love you and think you're amazing. Thank you.

SH: Thank you so much. I'm very moved that you say that.

The Stir: Anytime there are positive messages about motherhood, especially from celebrities, we're so excited. There can never be enough.

SH: I'm happy to hear that cause I got a lot of bad hate mail for [breastfeeding the child] in Africa. I also have had a lot of snobbish [responses] because I breastfed my own child for a little bit over a year -- a lot of people saying, "Well, maybe that's what they do in Mexico" or "That's for the Indians."

I think that we're really ignorant, and I realize how important it is for mothers to understand [breastfeeding] has nothing to do with that. The benefits of it for the child are so huge that you have got to do it. You've got to try at least. Try your best!

The Stir: It's so important to get people talking and thinking and to finally talk about breastfeeding in a relatable way.

SH: You love your baby, and as it grows, you're going to love your baby a lot more. There's not a mother in the world who wouldn't give anything if her child was sick to make the child healthy. So you have to think ahead. There is something you can do to keep the child healthy. And that's breastfeeding. So why not do it?

The Stir: Recently, you were quoted as saying, "Motherhood is strong place for women to connect and understand each other" in Allure magazine. Tell us more about this important connection as you see it.

SH: I've been so many places in the world and seen different social problems around the world. For example, in Sierra Leone, when I was there vaccinating kids, when a mother was sick, the other mothers would breastfeed that child so that it wouldn't go hungry. They would help each other. They would watch the children among the other women in the community.

[Motherhood] is a place where we all come together, and we must. We really identify with each other. We do that -- even if you're not a mother -- but when you are a mother with another mother, you compare things, you talk about it. You are always open to help someone else because you hope someone would help you if you needed it.

I remember one time in Guatemala this woman became infected with HIV from her husband and he died, but she didn't know why he died. She didn't even know what AIDS was, and she went to the hospital with one of the sick children and the other children stayed at home. It was so long a trip and then once she got there, they hospitalized her, they hospitalized her kid, and she was worrying about the other kids.

I did not sleep, I think, for a year. I still think about [that mother]! Your heart goes to her immediately, "Oh my god, what is she going to do?" It's not the same if it's somebody sick, as a woman; you feel so bad. But if she has children and some of the children are sick and she's sick and she has other children (sighs) ... Your empathy for other mothers is such a natural instinct and it's such a beautiful thing that we all connect, and we should all help each other. We should all help each other in this way. And look after the children. We should.

The Stir: I think that would be wonderful if we did that more here instead of pointing out, "Oh, I don't drink that kind of milk" or "I don't do Cry It Out."

SH: That's only because there's just too many options. There are too many options.

The Stir: The luxury of privilege.

SH: Exactly. Even for entertainment. There's just so much for the kids to watch now.

I think it's very important to be very healthy with your children. I think it's also important to  not be too healthy with your children (laughs). Then they don't build the antibodies. Life becomes very limited. They become very fragile. They have to adjust to where they are ...

Because [my daughter] travels a lot, she has to adjust. She cannot be so delicate. I don't eat this, I don't eat that. Forget it. I try to give her different things during the week, make sure she gets different kinds of fruit, even if she doesn't like it, different kinds of vegetables and protein. But, you know, sometimes it's not going to be the one she likes. Sometimes it's not going to be the one I would like her to eat, but you have to adjust.

The Stir: Valentina is four now?

SH: Yes.

The Stir: Is she in preschool?

SH: She's attending preschool in Paris, but she's with me most of the time, so she misses a lot of class.

The Stir: That's okay! At that age. Thanks so much for talking with us, Salma.

SH: Okay, big kiss, bye bye.

Swoon! What do you think of the things Salma had to say?


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