Keeping your last name is a choice that many woman are making now-a-days. For celebs, it’s a career move since they have a high profile name. Nicole Kidman, Katie Holmes, Julia Roberts, the list of woman who have kept their surname goes on and on. Salma Hayek was included on that up until today and will thus be known by her married name Pinault.
Salma was married to Francois-Henri Pinault back in 2007, but didn’t make the change until now. The reason? Her 2 year old daughter Valentina.
“It was Valentina’s request. I didn’t think about it until she brought it up,” Salma tells InStyle. “We were shooting a film, and she saw my chair with my name on it. She says, What does it say there?’ And I said, Salma Hayek.’ And she said, What about Pinault? Why not Pinault?’ Because people here (in France) say Madame Pinault.’”
And that was that. She continues, “I said to myself, This is who I am now. I’m starting a whole new life. I’ve never been happier. Why shouldn’t I share it with the people who have been supporting me my whole career, who have been with me since the beginning?”
What else has her daughter had an effect on?
Salma’s cut back on taking risks. She was scheduled to be on board a flight on Jeff Bezos commercial space craft, but has since canceled her orbital plans.
“I love scuba diving and used to dive where the sharks were, and now? No more sharks. Everything became about the baby. You are in second position, or third… My dream was to go into space. I reserved my place with the Virgin (Galactic) expedition. And then I got pregnant. And now I’m a mother. So I’m not going to go.”
Maybe risk-taking mom Angelina Jolie, who has said she does dangerous stunts because her kids think it’s cool, can take Salma’s place? I have a feeling nothing would be more awesome to a kid than having a space bound parent.