As noted by Town & Country, Salma Hayek and her husband, François-Henri Pinault, have a blended family consisting of their daughter, Valentina, and Pinault’s three children from two previous relationships: Augustin, Mathilde, and François. Becoming a mom changed everything for Hayek, who told Red that she identified with her character in 2015’s Tale of Tales, the Queen of Longtrellis. Hayek explained that she understood her “character’s desperate desire to have a child, and maybe feeling that you could never be happy or complete … without this.”
When Hayek gave birth to Valentina, she was 41 years old. Conceiving older turned out to be a blessing, she told Town & Country, explaining that being “a late bloomer” meant that by the time she got married and became a mom she truly knew herself. “I think I’m a better mother because I had [Valentina] later,” she said.
Hayek always wanted a big family, but was unable to have any more biological children. She revealed that having stepchildren has been a “huge blessing.” She continued, saying, “So I have four [children]. And they are all so different.”