Salma Hayek claims her 'wavy body' limits her in Hollywood
Actress Salma Hayek Pinault speaks after receiving the Individual Achievement Award for her work at the Salma Hayek Foundation and Chime for Change, as well as for producing the animated film adaptation of Kahlil Gibran's 'The Prophet,' during the Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala in Washington, DC, April 29, 2015. The event honors individuals for their work promoting inclusion, cultural understanding, and cooperation across ethnic, racial and religious lines. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US actress Salma Hayek poses for a photo as she walks the red carpet to launch the global premiere of her animated adaptation of Kahlil Gibran's celebrated novel 'The Prophet' in the Lebanese capital Beirut, on April 27, 2015. The actress and director described the movie version of the Lebanese author's spiritually-uplifting book as a 'love letter to my heritage'.(Photo credit JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Salma Hayek speaks during The Facebook Creative Talks Part 1, as part of Advertising Week Europe, Piccadilly, on March 23, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images for Advertising Week)
Salma Hayek may be "pushing 50," but she's never looked better. The star of the upcoming action-packed flick Everly opens up to Net-a-Porter's The Edit about how she maintains her killer hourglass figure and why 2015 is about to be her craziest year yet. Hayek told the fashion site, "I never exercised my whole life, but now I do yoga. 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.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actress Salma Hayek arrives at the 16th Annual Warner Bros. And InStyle Post-Golden Globe Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Salma Hayek poses in the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10: Actress Salma Hayek attends the 'Help Haiti Home' gala at Montage Hotel on January 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 11: Salma Hayek arrives at Rihanna's First Annual Diamond Ball at The Vineyard on December 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 06: Producer and Voice Talent Salma Hayek-Pinault attends the Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet Red Carpet on Day 6 of the second Ajyal Youth Film Festival on December 6, 2014 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for DFI)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/WIREIMAGE REQUIRED) Salma Hayek attends the World Premiere of 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' at Odeon Leicester Square on December 3, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Salma Hayek arrives at the Equality Now's 'Make Equality Reality' Event at Montage Beverly Hills on November 3, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Actress Salma Hayek Pinault arrives at the 2014 LACMA Art + Film Gala Honoring Quentin Tarantino And Barbara Kruger at LACMA on November 1, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 06: Salma Hayek arrives at the premiere of Kahlil Gibran's the Prophet held during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival - Day 3 on September 6, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 17: Actress Salma Hayek attends the 'The Prophet' premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
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While Salma Hayek's figure is the envy of lots of women, she thinks she's lost roles because of her frame.
"If you think about it, I'm limited by the way I talk and by the way I look," the 48-year-old Mexican actress tells Net-a-Porter's The Edit."Also, for those who have never seen me in person, 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."
Hayek adds that her age -- she's pushing 50 -- has also caused roles to drop off through the years. "Amazing, talented people [stop finding work] at 32, 33 sometimes!" she says. "Not so much in London, but in the U.S. it's crazy."
All this to say, the actress believes she looks better at 48 than she did when she was younger. "I never exercised my whole life, but now I do yoga," Hayek admits. "I was always borderline chubby, because I like my food and, frankly, I like my wine. ...I'm in good shape right now."
The Grown Ups star credits "karma" for landing her impressive acting career, and encourages women to step up in their jobs. "We have to be more demanding in the workplace," she says of women. "We need to be more assertive in that department, and stand our ground in our own homes, and teach our children to give us a break and be more appreciative."
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