A-list besties Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz continue to redefine friendship goals. The 51-year-old Mexican actress expressed her gratitude to Penelope on Saturday, spotlighting the meaningful way the Spanish star supported her and her native country. Salma revealed that her 43-year-old pal made a significant donation to UNICEF as an effort to help Mexico after the devastating earthquake on Tuesday, September 19.
Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz are longtime friends Photo: Getty Images
Along with a sweet message, Salma shared a shot of her and Penelope, on the set of their 2006 film Bandidas, to her Instagram. In both English and Spanish, the Hitman’s Bodyguard star wrote: “Thank you my soul sister for your love of my country Mexico and your generous donation to UNICEF.” The pair became good friends while filming that movie, cultivating their strong bond for over a decade. Salma has posted various pictures of them together throughout the years.
Salma thanked Penelope for her kind donation Photo: Getty Images
Following the earthquake, Salma has been asking her followers to help Mexico in any way they can. She took to social media to tell fans that she was donating $100,00 efforts and urged them to give if able to. In a moving video, the Hollywood star recalled her personal experience with a quake when she was younger, that sadly took the lives of some of her loved ones.
The people of my country have now suffered three natural disasters in a row. Many children and families are hurt and in terrible need. I'm contributing $100,000 now to UNICEF which has teams on the ground responding. Please join me and contribute what you can and thank you. Click on the link in my bio above. #fuerzamexico #earthquake #sismo #mexico
“After the 1985 earthquake in Mexico City, I was evacuated from my building,” Salma shared in the clip. “A lot of friends died, including an uncle that was very, very, close to me. I have lived through the aftermath of a disaster of this magnitude and it’s horrific. I am starting a Crowdrise to try to raise money to help the families that are going through this nightmare right now in Mexico. I implore to your hearts, to the goodness of your hearts, to your compassion to help. Anything that you can give will make a big difference. And for starters, I will match the first $100,000 that are donated.”