Entertainment

Salma Hayek And Penelope Cruz’s Friendship Show What Strong Female Friendships Are Made Of

Hollywood’s two leading Spanish language ladies, Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz, have long garnered attention for their friendship and love for each other.

Here are the fun facts behind their relationship.

1. The phrase “ride-or-die” should basically be an ode to them.

@salmahayek / Instagram

During filming for their project “Bandidas” the pair took a flight together that almost had a tragic ending. In an interview, Cruz once said, “a thought came across my mind that if I were to die at that moment at least I’d die with my best friend.” 

2. They’re always down for a good prank.

“Punk’d” / MTV

In a 2005 episode of “Punk’d,” Penelope Cruz played a hilarious joke on Salma Hayek. 

3. They have nicknames for each other.

“Bandidas” / 20th Century Fox

“She’s one of my best friends. We call each other huevos [eggs]. It was because when we were working together, we didn’t have children yet, so we used to sleep much more than now. So it was a way to call each other lazy,” Cruz said in an interview.

4. Sometimes people think they’re dating and they’re about it.

@penolopecruzoficial / Instagram

In an interview with David Letterman, Cruz felt compelled to explain why she’d been caught grabbing Hayek’s bottom in a photo. “We are like sisters and we have some sense of humor. We did that in front of 100 photographers. And the story now is that we are lovers”

5. They trust each other more than you would your own hermana.

“Bandidas” / 20th Century Fox

When was the last time you let your sister take a pair of scissors to your hair? For Hayek and Cruz it’s been fairly recent. “When I was nine years old I used to spend a couple of hours a day washing and cutting hair at my parents’ salon and still, today, I’ll do everyone who lets me – like Salma Hayek, who is one of my best friends,” she says. “I’ve done her hair when the power went out in her house, with just a candle. That one really trusts me,” Cruz said.

6. They support each other like no other.

“Bandidas” / 20th Century Fox

“It is great to see somebody who you think deserves it get everything she has ever dreamed of. It’s magical. It gives you hope,” Hayek told Vogue in an interview that highlighted Cruz’s success. 

7. They’re each other’s heroes.

“Bandidas” / 20th Century Fox

In an interview about her favorite Hollywood Heroines, Hayek hit a number of names but was quick to also point out her love for Cruz. “But then Penélope [Cruz] has always been my hero and my friend. We’ve known each other for at least 20 years.” 

8. They adore each other’s worst qualities.

“Bandidas” / 20th Century Fox

“Other things that in other people would be neurotic or whatever, would be unbearable — on her they’re very graceful,” Hayek said in an interview where she detailed Cruz habits of playing with her food and ruining the plots of TV shows. “She has this bad habit because she tells you the ending of every episode.”

9. They’re all about each other’s dreams.

“Bandidas” / 20th Century Fox

“It is great to see somebody who you think deserves it get everything she has ever dreamed of,” Hayek told Vogue in an interview. “It’s magical. It gives you hope.”

10. They’re all about that goddess worship.

“Bandidas” / 20th Century Fox

“Penélope is a motherly creature, a warrior by nature,” Hayek said in a Vogue interview.

11. They’re friendship spans decades.

“Bandidas” / 20th Century Fox

The two actresses have been friends for over 20 years.

12. They’ve got strong selfie game.

“Bandidas” / 20th Century Fox

In a recent photo on Instagram Hayek posted a caption that read “Good #friends are forever. Los buenos #amigos son para siempre.” 

13. They just get each other.

“Bandidas” / 20th Century Fox

“The best thing about Penélope’s sense of humor is that it’s primarily about herself,” Hayek said.

14. They have a strict honesty only policy that wouldn’t work for most relationships.

“Bandidas” / 20th Century Fox

“We really respect each other, but if one asks a question to the other one, we know we’re going to hear the truth. And I think that’s why we are close friends and closer every day because there’s no B.S. in our relationship,” Cruz said of Hayek.

15. They get each other’s sense of humor.

“Bandidas” / 20th Century Fox

“The best thing about Penélope’s sense of humor is that it’s primarily about herself,” said Hayek about Cruz.

16. When they get together they live life on the dangerous side.

“Bandidas” / 20th Century Fox

News reports revealed that the two pals slept at a drug trafficker’s house for several days during the 2006 shoot of Bandidas.

17. They’re not afraid to get real with each other.

“Bandidas” / 20th Century Fox

After Hayek revealed that Harvey Weinstein had abused her during the making of Frida in 2002, she admitted that her dear friend wasn’t so happy wither. “Penélope was really angry at me, because I didn’t tell her what was going on while it was happening,” she said. “But, you know, I didn’t realize Harvey was doing it to other people, too, so I thought, ‘Why dump your stuff on someone and take away from their professional relationship with him?’ At that time Harvey was doing the best movies.”

18. They’ve supported each other financially.

“Bandidas” / 20th Century Fox

“Thank you my soul sister for your love of my country Mexico and your generous donation to UNICEF,” Hayek wrote after Cruz donated money to Mexico’s earthquake relief. 

19. Promoting each other’s success is just so natural for them.

“Bandidas” / 20th Century Fox

Fans of the duo will notice that it’s rare for one to be without the other for their film debuts.

20. The Academy Awards thinks they’re the same person.

Summer Anne Burton / BuzzFeed / Via Instagram

After the 2014 Oscars, the award show captioned a photo of Cruz with Robert De Niro as Hayek instead.

21.  They top the list of most Celebrity BFF goal lists

“Bandidas” / 20th Century Fox

Do a quick Google of the actresses names and you’ll likely find the top slots filled with listicles about the pair.

22. Cruz does Hayek’s makeup.

“Bandidas” / 20th Century Fox

“I like my career, but I love getting people ready for something because it’s a part of me. I can cut anyone’s hair no problem. I can do a blow-dry, I can put in rollers, I can wax somebody’s legs. I could have another job. The power had gone at Salma’s house and her make-up artist couldn’t come, so she called me and said, ‘You have to get me ready for this premiere’, and I lit some candles and did her hair and make-up too. No one noticed that it wasn’t done by a professional, so I was very proud of that,” Cruz said in an interview.

23. They love to wish each other happy birthday!

@salmahayek / Instagram

In a post to her Instagram account, Hayek wished her bestie happy birthday with the words “You continue to #inspire me and I #feel #blessed that we are #friends.”

24. They’re 8 years apart.

“Bandidas” / 20th Century Fox

Hayek who was born in 1966 is 8 years older than Cruz who was born in 1974.


Recommend this story by clicking the share button below!

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

Entertainment

Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

Read: We Finally Have A Spanish-Language Song As The Most Streamed Song Of All Time

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

Things That Matter

Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

If you’ve ever wondered what someone with a bulletproof vest and an AR-15 would look like flossing — the dance, not the method of dental hygiene — apparently the answer to that question can be found on TikTok.

Unfortunately, it’s not as a part of some absurdist sketch comedy or surreal video art installation. Instead, it’s part of a growing trend of drug cartels in Mexico using TikTok as a marketing tool. Nevermind the fact that Mexico broke grim records last year for the number of homicides and cartel violence, the cartels have found an audience on TikTok and that’s a serious cause for concern.

Mexican cartels are using TikTok to gain power and new recruits.

Just a couple of months ago, a TikTok video showing a legit high-speed chase between police and drug traffickers went viral. Although it looked like a scene from Netflix’s Narcos series, this was a very real chase in the drug cartel wars and it was viewed by more than a million people.

Typing #CartelTikTok in the social media search bar brings up thousands of videos, most of them from people promoting a “cartel culture” – videos with narcocorridos, and presumed members bragging about money, fancy cars and a luxury lifestyle.

Viewers no longer see bodies hanging from bridges, disembodied heads on display, or highly produced videos with messages to their enemies. At least not on TikTok. The platform is being used mainly to promote a lifestyle and to generate a picture of luxury and glamour, to show the ‘benefits’ of joining the criminal activities.

According to security officials, the promotion of these videos is to entice young men who might be interested in joining the cartel with images of endless cash, parties, military-grade weapons and exotic pets like tiger cubs.

Cartels have long used social media to shock and intimidate their enemies.

And using social media to promote themselves has long been an effective strategy. But with Mexico yet again shattering murder records, experts on organized crime say Cartel TikTok is just the latest propaganda campaign designed to mask the blood bath and use the promise of infinite wealth to attract expendable young recruits.

“It’s narco-marketing,” said Alejandra León Olvera, an anthropologist at Spain’s University of Murcia, in a statement to the New York Times. The cartels “use these kinds of platforms for publicity, but of course it’s hedonistic publicity.”

Mexico used to be ground zero for this kind of activity, where researchers created a new discipline out of studying these narco posts. Now, gangs in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and the United States are also involved.

A search of the #CartelTikTok community and its related accounts shows people are responding. Public comments from users such as “Y’all hiring?” “Yall let gringos join?” “I need an application,” or “can I be a mule? My kids need Christmas presents,” are on some of the videos.

One of the accounts related to this cartel community publicly answered: “Of course, hay trabajo para todos,” “I’ll send the application ASAP.” “How much is the pound in your city?” “Follow me on Instagram to talk.” The post, showing two men with $100 bills and alcohol, had more than a hundred comments.

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com