Her real last name is Jimenez.
She was raised in a wealthy, devoutly Catholic family.
She was an accomplished gymnast with aspirations of becoming an Olympic competitor.
At the age of 23 she landed the title role in Teresa, a successful telenova which earned her star status in Mexico.
Despite limited fluency in English she moved to Los Angeles, CA to study acting and pursue a career in hollywood.
She got the break that she needed starring opposite Antonio Banderas in 1995's Desperado.
She was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance as Frida Kahlo in the 2002 movie Frida.
In December, 2005 she directed a music video for Prince.
She is the executive producer of Ugly Betty and has guest starred in two roles.
She has been a spokesperson for Avon Products, Inc. since 2004.
She is single and has a home in Los Angeles and Mexico.
She is best friends with Spanish actress, Penelope Cruz.
This weeks Hump Day Hottie is ~ Salma Hayek