In a new interview with Marie Claire celebrity mom Salma Hayek-Pinault spoke about nearly quitting her career, finding love and being “the luckiest person I know.”
She said that she was considering giving up her career in Hollywood when daughter Valentina came along, saying, “I think if you are young and you have children, you still have so much to prove. When you have children later in life, you lose a bit of that urge for working.”
She continued, “At the time, I was thinking, I can do another movie that may or may not work, or I can be with my child, nourish her, and not miss a moment of this precious time. And if my career is going to end in two years, what’s the difference, anyway?”
But it was her husband François-Henri Pinault that made her think otherwise. She explained, “‘You feel like this right now, but when Valentina grows a little older, you are going to want to go back, and it might be too late. You are so smart, so talented. You have so much more potential. Don’t you want to see where it will take you?’ I was always trying to make people believe in me, and then I found someone who believed in me more than I believed in myself.”
Of her husband, Salma gushed, “He’s the best thing that ever happened to me and my work. I was trying to figure out how to have a child on my own. I came to terms with saying, ‘[Love] might not happen, and I have to be OK with that.’ Then someone came along whom I never would have pictured or thought I would have wanted; he was completely out of my box. Even though I was not looking, I was present and I was open. I am the luckiest person I know.”
Did you consider giving up your career for motherhood?