Salma Hayek Says Harvey Weinstein Bullied Her On “Frida”

Salma Hayek Says Harvey Weinstein Bullied Her On “Frida”


“There was a cartoon aspect about the whole thing.”

The actor says that while working on her 2002 Frida Kahlo biopic, Frida, the disgraced producer harassed her about her appearance.


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She explained that he would often call her yelling about how she looked in the film — but she didn’t let it get to her.


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“I did feel all right [when he bullied me]. OK, I would shake [afterward] and it did depress me, but there was a cartoon aspect about the whole thing,” Salma told the Guardian.


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She continued, “When he would call me up [during the making of Frida] and scream, ‘Why do you have a [monobrow] and moustache? I didn’t hire you to look ugly!'”


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Salma says she fought back, telling him, “‘But didn’t you ever look at a picture of Frida Kahlo?’ If a man was playing Cyrano de Bergerac, he wouldn’t say, ‘What’s with the nose?’”


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And her experience on the set of Frida wasn’t the only time that Salma was harassed by Harvey. In an emotional New York Times op-ed, she previously shared that Harvey would go into a “Machiavellian rage” whenever she refused his sexual advances.


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Salma now says she was able to deal with his harassment because she was “very strong” and never let him see her weak.


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“I’m a force to be recognized. He never saw me weak. It’s not that I’m not afraid, but you’re not going to see it. I can be almost intimidating in my calm strength, you know?” Salma shared.


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Major props to Salma for always standing up for herself. You can read all that she had to say here.

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