WATCH: Salma Hayek Says It Was 'Impossible' to Find Roles as a Mexican Actress in Hollywood

It's hard to believe that the amazingly talented, strikingly beautiful actress ever had trouble getting Hollywood to notice her, but Salma Hayek says that was absolutely the case when she landed in L.A. from Mexico.

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Promoting her new film, The Hitman's Bodyguard, Hayek spoke to BET about her early struggles finding work. "They were laughing at me for wanting to act here because I was a soap star in Mexico and I had to start again as an extra because there was really nothing," Hayak told the outlet. "There were not enough roles, especially for women. I was the first Mexican getting a lead role since Dolores del Río in 1930 during the time of the silent movies."

Watch her talk all about it in the video below. As Hayek mentions, there still aren't enough Latinos in Hollywood, but we're so proud of the mexicana for helping pave the way for others and for always keeping it real.