The truth about Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie’s friendship

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is known for bringing beloved superheroes together, and the MCU made headlines when it brought megastar actors Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie to the big screen together for the first time. Jolie was cast as Thena and Hayek as Ajak in 2021’s “Eternals,” and the pair made an impressive off-screen duo when they became fast friends. “I have discovered a soul sister who is similar to me in many ways,” Hayek told Elle in 2021 while discussing her “Eternals” co-star. “I felt like I’d known her my entire life,” she added. Their characters were closely linked to Gemma Chan’s Sersi and Lauren Ridloff’s Makkari, but the veteran actors formed a particularly close bond. “I need to know [Jolie] a little bit better than everyone else and it’s very valuable to me,” said Hayek.

A sense of camaraderie was built for the entire crew as they often hung out between shoots. The “Desperado” star’s birthday fell during filming, and her agent threw an impromptu party after filming wrapped. Jolie was shocked to learn her job was to press Hayek’s face into the birthday cake while she blew out the candles. “We told her I was going to bite and that it was tradition [to push my head in the cake]and she was like, ‘Oh no, no, I can’t,'” Hayek recalled while appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2021.

After working together, Hayek and Jolie realized they had a lot in common.

Why Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie hooked up so quickly

Aside from sharing impressive filmographies, Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie both shared idiosyncratic qualities that extended to their Eternals characters. Ahead of the film’s 2021 release, Hollywood A-listers were asked who was the more vivacious of the two. “We have different styles … but we’re both feisty,” Hayek told Extra, as Jolie agreed.

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Although the couple directed the Marvel film, they didn’t feel pressured into a friendship. According to Hayek, the two actors have a mutual friend outside of Hollywood who knew the two would hit it off. “We didn’t force it, it was something organic,” the “Everly” star told Access in 2021. Hayek believed the timing had a lot to do with her connection with Jolie. “We’re both in the times of our lives that we really want, we want meaningfully, we want simply, we want cheerfully,” she said.

Jolie echoed Hayek’s oppinion about working together at the right time, but perhaps the most important element of their friendship was parenthood, as both are devoted moms and recognized that trait in one another. “Salma is so honest and real and a great mom,” the ‘Wanted’ star told Access. “And our kids are the same age, so it’s fun too,” Jolie added. Those similarities opened the door for Hayek and Jolie to continue their friendship long after they started working together.

How they continued their friendship

Not only did Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie hit it off in their first film together, but the bond between the two A-listers seemed to extend to their children. After filming on Eternals wrapped, the friendship between the two actors continued. They were spotted together in October 2021, and Jolie brought some of her six children with her, while Hayek was accompanied by her own daughter, Valentina Pinault. Photographers snapped snaps of the ‘Like A Boss’ star’s daughter laughing with Jolie’s daughter Zahara Jolie-Pitt, per Hola!

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After the release of Eternals, Hayek and Jolie continued to spend time together, not only to promote the film but to hang out as friends. In November 2021, Hayek uploaded a candid group photo to Instagram of her The Hitman’s Bodyguard co-star, Samuel Jackson, alongside a gang of crew from her Marvel flick.

Jolie and Hayek clearly enjoyed working together when it was announced on June 9 that the “Those Who Wish Me Dead” star would be directing her friend in the upcoming movie Without Blood, per Variety. After the news was announced, Hayek took to Instagram to gush about her colleague. “It’s a dream come true to direct @AngelinaJolie. I’ve been a fan of her work as a filmmaker for many years,” she wrote, including a screenshot of a headline announcing the news.