Salma Hayek says she is proud to be Mexican and that comments suggesting otherwise were “lost in translation.”
The 45-year-old actress issued a statement Thursday after German Vogue magazine quoted her as saying she “hardly had any memories of what it is to be Mexican.”
“I have never denied my background or my culture,” Hayek said in the statement released by publicist Cari Ross. “I have taught my child to embrace her Mexican heritage, to love my first language, Spanish, to learn about Mexican history, music, folk art, food, and even the Mexican candy I grew up with. I have always been an active part of my community. I have tried my whole life to represent my Mexican roots with honor and pride. It saddens me when my words are lost in translation and taken out of context to hurt the people of Mexico, whom I love.”
Hayek graces the cover of the magazine and gives an interview about her role as the leader of a Mexican drug cartel in the Oliver Stone drama “Savages.”
CNN signs ‘Super Size Me’ Spurlock
As part of its ongoing efforts to get more people watching on weekends, CNN has announced that “Super Size Me” director Morgan Spurlock will be getting his own series, starting in April 2013.
Spurlock’s show, “Inside Man,” will take the adventurous documentarian inside such subcultures as gun lovers, marijuana growers, migrant farmworkers and end-of-life caregivers.
“Inside Man” will be paired with globe-trotting chef Anthony Bourdain’s untitled new show in an effort to use their celebrity to combat the news network’s ratings woes. CNN recently hit its lowest viewership in 20 years.
First lady to appear on ‘Dr. Oz Show’
Michelle Obama is making a house call on “The Dr. Oz Show.”
The show’s producers say the first lady will tape an appearance Wednesday to discuss new provisions of her “Let’s Move!” campaign and the Presidential Youth Fitness Program.
Producers said Obama’s appearance will be taped at the show’s New York studio for national broadcast Sept. 14.
The show’s host, Mehmet Oz, said he’s “honored” that she has chosen to be a guest on his show.
“The Dr. Oz Show” will be starting its fourth season next month.
The birthday bunch
Actor Kenny Baker (R2-D2 in “Star Wars”) is 78. Guitarist Mason Williams is 74. Actor Steve Guttenberg is 54. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Cal Ripken Jr . is 52. Talk-show host Craig Kilborn is 50. Actress Marlee Matlin is 47. Actor-comedian Dave Chappelle is 39. Actor Chad Michael Murray (“One Tree Hill”) is 31. Actor Rupert Grint (“Harry Potter” films) is 24.