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Salma Hayek claims ‘people wouldn’t give me comedies’ until Grown Ups

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Salma Hayek has claimed she couldn’t get a role in a comedy for years because she was typecast as “sexy” characters.

While speaking to GQ Hype for an interview published on Monday, the Magic Mike’s Last Dance star discussed her desire to take on comedic roles.

“I was typecast for a long time,” Salma recalled of her earlier career in dramatic roles. “My entire life I wanted to do comedy and people wouldn’t give me comedies. I couldn’t land a role until I met Adam Sandler, who put me in a comedy (2010’s Grown Ups), but I was in my forties!”

She continued, “They said, ‘You’re sexy, so you’re not allowed to have a sense of humour… Not only are you not allowed to be smart, but you were not allowed to be funny in the ’90s.'”

Salma admitted her Academy Award nod for her portrayal of Frida Kahlo in the film Frida in 2002 did not help her career evolve as she had anticipated it would.

“When I was nominated for an Oscar the types of roles that people offered me did not change at all,” she revealed. “I really struggled and I thought that was going to change, but no.”

The actress remembered being “sad at the time” of receiving rejections for funny parts, but noted, “Now here I am doing every genre, in a time in my life where they told me I would have expired – that the last 20 years I would have been out of business. So I’m not sad, I’m not angry; I’m laughing.”

– Cover Media