The 48-year-old star opens up about aging and the secret to staying sexy.

By Catherine DiBenedetto
June 10, 2015
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When Salma Hayek was launching her career, “hot” was not a descriptor she welcomed. The actress wanted to be recognized for her work, not , she told reporters at the Spike Guys Choice Awards last weekend, according to People. “When you start you’re like, ‘No, I want them to see me for my talent, and know me as an actress.”

Now—at age 48 and with a seven-year-old daughter—Hayek feels a little differently about the word: “I’m like, ‘Bring it on!’” she said, referring to the she received at the celeb-studded event (which airs on Spike TV on June 18 at 9 p.m. ET). “You really like to be ‘hot’ after you’re 40.”

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Hayek recalled the first time she was described as a “bombshell” 20 years ago, after co-starring with Antonio Banderas in the 1995 film Desperado. “My English was worse than now, and I read the reviews that, ‘Salma Hayek was a bombshell,’ and to me this means that I was terrible, that I had bombed!” she said. “Everyone told me, ‘No, no, it means that you’re great, that you’re sexy!’ And [I was like], ‘That’s it? They didn’t talk about my acting?’”

But the sizzling star, who recently spoke out about , admitted at the awards ceremony that “as the years go by, the acknowledgment becomes more and more precious to a woman,” EW reported.

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Looking sexy, she explained, is really about how you feel: “You know what makes you ‘hot’? When you have the hots for someone," Hayek said. "I have the hots for my husband [French businessman François-Henri Pinault]. ... When you like somebody it comes out of you, almost naturally, and you’re motivated. Love motivates you. It's the right chemistry.”

In the past, Hayek has also credited a little help from above. On The Late Show with David Letterman, she's confessed that as a late blooming adolescent, she and her mom traveled to the church of a saint who performs miracles to : “I put my hands in holy water—this is the recipe, girls out there—and I said, ‘Please God, give me some breasts!’ And he gave me them!”

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