In her latest interview, Hayek explained how people thought her desire to be a crossover Latina actress in the States was a joke.
"At the very beginning, it was, like, not possible. They would laugh at you. They were laughing at me for wanting to act here because I was a soap star in Mexico and I had to start again as an extra because there was really nothing."
Having to start from the bottom wasn't easy, especially when the community of prominent Latinx actors was virtually nonexistent.
"We were not organized — there was not enough pressure. It was like the smallest community of actors trying to do the impossible. I was not part of them yet and the [acting] parts were very limited, especially for women, and I was the first Mexican getting a lead role since Dolores del Río in 1930 during the time of the silent movies," she added.
"Now there's a lot of us, but not enough. Not enough."
Although she has become one of the most recognized and well-respected Latinas in the business, the Oscar-nominated actress knows that there's still a long way to go in terms of representation.
This is why it's important for Latinxs to continue speaking out on why Hollywood needs to do better.
We hope they're listening.