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  • “I’m NOT like the girl next door who is easy to cast. I DON’T fit into any of the stereotypes of a WOMAN”

    Dress by Gareth Pugh; cuff by Maison Margiela

    It is hard to stop gazing at Salma Hayek Pinault. She must surely be the youngest-looking 48-year-old walking the earth – and it is all natural. It really is. She wrinkles up her face just to prove it. “I never exercised my whole life, but now I do yoga,” she says breezily, by way of explanation. “I was always borderline chubby, because I like my food and, frankly, I like my wine. I have to say, I’m pushing 50 but I feel great. I looked worse in my youth! I’m in good shape right now.”

    In truth, she is in great shape – and so is her career. Hayek Pinault has five films out in 2015: the thriller Everly, the animated film The Prophet, the baroque fantasy Tale of Tales, the drama Septembers of Shiraz, and the fabulously titled rom-com, How To Make Love Like An Englishman, in which she stars alongside Jessica Alba and Pierce Brosnan. “This is by far the busiest I have been in my life. The funny thing is that I really don’t even understand how [it all] came about. Maybe because when you don’t want something as much, you’re not desperate,” says 

    Hayek Pinault, dissolving into throaty laughter. “You will see some of the best work of my life this year, because I’ve had the opportunity; because [the directors] gave me the roles.” She pauses for a sip of coffee. “If you think about it, I’m limited by the way I talk and by the way I look. I’m 48 years old. Amazing, talented people [stop finding work] at 32, 33 sometimes! Not so much in London, but in the US it’s crazy. Also, for those who have never seen me in person…” she says, leaning conspiratorially over the table, “I’m quite short. I have an overly... wavy body. I’m not like the girl next door who is easy to cast. I don’t fit into any of the stereotypes of a woman that should continue to work. I don’t know what it is,

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