Sunday 25 June 2017

Salma Hayek: Bambi traumatised me!

Salma Hayek said it took her a while to get over Bambi
Salma Hayek said it took her a while to get over Bambi

Salma Hayek has revealed how cartoons such as Bambi "affected her badly" when she was little.

While she now counts herself "an animation expert", thanks to her four-year-old daughter Valentina, the Mexican actress' own early experiences with fairytales left her quite traumatised.

"More than inspire me, they sent me to the shrink. I had a severe depression at the age of six because Bambi's mother dies. It affected me badly, it confronted me with death, so I'm still working on that one," she admitted.

The 45-year-old - who reunites with long-time friend Antonio Banderas for animated adventure Puss In Boots - then found herself disillusioned after watching Disney films featuring princesses like Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella.

"Those messed me up because they made you feel a prince was going to come and rescue you and that if you're cute, you don't have to do much in life, which is not true. I had to deal with that one for a long time," she added.

Luckily for Salma, things changed when she saw the 1971 version of Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder as the sweet-toothed creator.

"That was a redemption because somehow, something clicked in my brain. It made me want to be an actress because I realised there was a place in the world called films where you could go and you have no limitations. So you could say that Gene Wilder and Antonio Banderas changed my life."

:: Puss In Boots is in cinemas now.

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