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Salma Hayek on why she hasn't done Botox and how 'liberating' it felt to go makeup-free in her new role

Salma Hayek would rather her husband see her age naturally, than use botox. “I don’t believe in Botox because your face doesn’t move, and it’s something you have to do for the rest of your life, more and more every time,” Salma told DuJour Magazine inside of the spring 2017 issue. “I don’t look at things short term; I think of longevity." The actress, who has been married to French businessman Francois-Henri Pinault since 2009, said that her love for her husband won't allow her to alter her looks. “Listen, if there was something you could do that would keep you looking good, I would do it. But I’m in love with my husband, and I want to look like a lovely lady when I’m 70. I want him to see me and think, ‘Okay, my girl is old now, but there’s still beauty there.’”

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salma-1VER GALERÍA Salma said she is not a fan of Botox Photo: Mary Rozzi/DuJour

After turning 50 last September, Salma learned to credit getting older, and embracing it without complications, to landing better roles in Hollywood. For her latest film Beatriz at Dinner, Salma took the big screen without makeup for the first time in her career. “At some point, [director Miguel] Arteta has the camera on my face for a long period of time. I thought people might find it boring: I had no makeup and it was badly lit on purpose,” she shared. “But I felt liberated to look ugly—imagine the freedom. You don’t have to spend time in hair and makeup. If you didn’t sleep the night before, you don’t have to mask it.”

salma-2VER GALERÍA The 50-year-old actress said she does not want to play "sexy" forever Photo: Mary Rozzi/DuJour

She noted about the film: “ It was so lovely. I would never have gotten the role of Beatriz if I had done something to my face.” Getting older adds to Salma’s lack of desire to play “sexy.” “Sometimes with age, you get better characters,” she explained. “I love to play the mother, and I’ll be excited to play the grandmother. How boring to play that [sexy] part for the rest of my life. I think I’d shoot myself.” In real life, Salma, who is a mother to nine-year-old Valentina, said that beauty and aging doesn’t take the front seat in her life. For her, what’s more important is family and finding projects that reflect that part of her life. “I just take it one day at a time, I don’t do strategy,” Sausage Party actress said. “The most important thing in my life is my family, easily. I’ve never been away from my daughter for more than two weeks. Sometimes I do a movie [just] because I like the people.”

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