Salma Hayek - Hayek Nearly Abandoned Career To Become Full-time Mum
Actress Salma Hayek considered abandoning her Hollywood career after becoming a mother - because she didn't want to miss "precious time" with her daughter.
The Puss in Boots star was 41 when she gave birth to little Valentina - her daughter with French husband Francois-Henri Pinault - in September, 2007, and the Mexican beauty confesses she almost bowed out of the industry to become a full-time mum because she assumed her acting days were numbered because of her age.
She tells Marie Claire magazine, "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.
"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?"
Hayek credits Pinault with inspiring her to get back to business, adding, "He told me, '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."