Salma Hayek Credits Valentina As Her Remedy For a Bad Day

03/17/2009 at 01:00 PM ET
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With the ability to step into character and forget her worries when stressful days strike, Salma Hayek chooses to instead focus her attention on the blessings in her life. Gracing the cover of InStyle‘s April color issue, the actress shares the secret to her happiness. “I’m very lucky to have wonderful things in my life,” she admits. “If I’m having a bad day, I just think about my child or my dogs. I don’t need to go to a character’s life to feel happy.”

While the utter joy 17 ½-month-old Valentina Paloma brings her parents — dad is PPR CEO François-Henri Pinault —  is obvious, Salma reveals that a recent trip for two to the toy store left the 42-year-old feeling a bit teary eyed! As Valentina, accompanied by her nanny, marched off to explore FAO Schwarz and their famous floor piano, Salma experienced firsthand the struggle of separation from her baby girl.

“Today was the first time Valentina went off to do something big without me. I wanted to cry, but I didn’t.”

As for her daughter’s budding personality, Salma finds herself “discover[ing] something new about her every day.” In talking about Valentina — who comfortably speaks to her mom in Spanish, her dad in French, and the outside world in English — the proud mama dishes on the “little dictator” that has become Salma’s priority in life. “She is unique, magical — definitely the most colorful person I’ve ever met,” she says. “I feel so connected to her, but at the same time, we are completely different.”

Click here for more on Salma’s InStyle interview!

Source: InStyle; April issue

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mslewis on

I love Salma’s interview about her “little dictator” because that is exactly what a toddler is!!! Also, I think it’s so great that Valentina is speaking English, French and Spanish. They will all be her “first” language. I wish I had learned another language when I was younger.

gianna on

I think valentina is one of the prettiest celebrity children, and I love how they are teaching her all 3 languages. Always been a fan of salma, she is down to earth, a good actress, and seems like a great mom. She’s drop dead gorgeous too.

Vanessa on

I’m so jealous that her daughter can “speak” three languages when I can only get my 18 month old to say two words in English. I wish I’d learned Spanish, too, because I live in South Florida and you can’t get a job anymore if you don’t speak Spanish. 😦

nicole on

Just love Salma! She is one of a few celebrities with subtance and class. Valentina is just gorgeous and a happy child. It’s nice that they are encouraging her to learn her parents’ language, that will be a big asset for her. My kids speak french and english since we live in a bilingual province, and it just comes naturally to them.

Nikki on

I love Salma Hayek!!! I definately have to get this cover of her on Instyle Magazine (April 2009) Issue!

amelia on

Salma is so gorgeous and Valentina looks just like her dad but with her mom’s coloring. I think it’s wonderful that they are teaching her three languages! I wish I was taught my parents’ native languages as well, it would have really helped me out in life!

Jennifer on

I think it’s wonderful that they are teaching Valentina three languages. I am so grateful that I was taught my grandparents’ native language (Spanish) as a young child. Being able to speak both English and Spanish has really helped in finding jobs and communicating with others who don’t speak English natively.

normma on

i too love the fact that she’s teaching her child three languages. does anyone know of a good resource for doing this? it’s very hard, as our kids are in a nursery that doesn’t do this…

FC on

Valentina’s mastered three languages and can switch them on and off like that already at her young age? She’ll be a trilingual champ by the time she’s a teenager, or multilingual, if she ever learns another language. 😉