Salma Hayek is turning 55 and the mother-of-one — who shares a birthday month with 13-year-old daughter Valentina — is definitely in her prime.
The actress and activist has called herself “a late bloomer” in the areas of marriage and motherhood (Hayek wed fashion CEO François-Henri Pinault at age 39 and gave birth to Valentina at 41), but happiness was worth the wait. “…I always wanted to have a lot of children, and I was not able to,” Hayek told the U.K. publication Red Online. “My body, as a miracle, had one. The huge blessing I’ve had is that my husband has three other children. So I have four. And they are all so different.”
And while we might not see Valentina living life as typical Hollywood royalty, we’re thankful for her mom’s insights on their super-tight bond, from prioritizing family over her career to pandemic parenting and the inevitable ups and downs of raising a teenager, which at times, has left Hayek bewildered. She recently told InStyle that an attempt to bond with her daughter over meditation didn’t work out.
“She’s like, ‘I cannot think of anything more boring! And if I’m going to meditate, I’m going to do it on my own time,'” she recalled. “She’s amazing, and she mesmerizes me over and over, but you know, when I talk to her, I find myself out of words.” Sounds like a typical mother-daughter relationship to us!
Here are other relatable quotes that Hayek has shared about parenting. Happy birthday, mama!