NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: Salma Hayek is seen on September 15, 2022 in New York City.  (Photo by Patricia Schlein/Star Max/GC Images)
TV - Movies
The Truth About
Salma Hayek's
Failed Audition
For The Matrix
Salma Hayek is one of the most celebrated actresses of her generation, but there was a time when she had to face the disappointment of losing out on important roles. In an interview with Jada Pinkett-Smith on her Facebook "Red Table Talk" show, Hayek revealed that her audition for the role of Trinity in “The Matrix” didn't quite go as she had hoped.
Interestingly, Hayek was competing with Pinkett-Smith for the part — which eventually went to Carrie-Ann Moss — and was intimidated by Pinkett-Smith's athleticism. Hayek felt, even though she had the acting chops to play the character, she didn't quite have the athletic prowess to handle such an intense action film.
Missing out on the role, however, turned out to be not much of a loss for Hayek, who went on to star in many successful films and bagged an Oscar nomination for "Frida." While Pinkett-Smith didn't get the part either, she did make an impression that helped her get the role of Niobe in the next three “Matrix” movies.