The Mexican American actress spoke candidly about the whole Hilary/Hilaria scandal on SiriusXM’s “Andy Cohen Live” on February 1. Hayek called in to promote her new movie, “Bliss” but things really got interesting when Cohen asked her about how the wife of Alec Baldwin is actually from Boston, MA as opposed to being from Spain.
Scroll down to find out how she feels about the alleged culture vulture!
Cohen gracefully transitioned to the controversial topic by bringing up Hayek’s time on “30 Rock.” After reminiscing about her time spent with Alec and the rest of the cast, Andy straight up asked her what she thought about ~~Hilaria~~ Hilary’s public ordeal.
“Were you reading about the whole Hilaria stuff last month?” Andy asked Salma.
“We all lie a little bit,” Hayek said. “She makes my friend happy. She’s good, she fooled me because she’s such a good mother and she has five of them. And you know, I don’t care.”
She continued, “I know I don’t mean to betray or hurt anybody’s feelings. And I don’t know if it’s right or if it’s wrong and I don’t, I’m not gonna judge somebody just because of that one thing. And I think, I feel honor that somebody wants to be, their alter ego it’s to be like something that is similar to my roots. It makes me feel proud that people are inspired because you know, I am Mexican Lebanese, but my grandparents, my ancestors on my mother’s side are Spanish. I think she’s smart to want to be Spanish.”
“We’re cool,” Salma said referring to people of Spanish heritage. “You know, it’s a bizarre story. It is a bizarre story, but don’t, we all create our own character in life. I mean, this might be extreme. Okay. I don’t care. She’s not, not a bad person, not a bad person, a good person, a good mother, and a good wife. She makes my friend happy. She’s very kind to me. And that’s all I care about.”
The whole crazy situation started when a tweet questioning her Spanish heritage went viral in December. “You have to admire Hilaria Baldwin’s commitment to her decade long grift where she impersonates a Spanish person,” the tweet read. Shortly after, fans started to produce alleged evidence that she wasn’t who she said she was. Many people pointed out that she doesn’t always speak in a Spanish accent and that she may have been born stateside despite her claims that she was born in Mallorca, Spain.
The incident caused her to take to social media to try and set the record straight.
“There’s been some questions about where I’m born, I’m born in Boston,’’ Hilary Baldwin said.
She added, “I spent some of my childhood in Boston, some of my childhood in Spain, my family, my brother, my parents, my nephew, everybody is over there in Spain now. I’m here.”
She also admitted to being known as Hilary amongst her friends while growing up, not Hilaria.
“[Ethnically], I am a mix of many, many things,” Baldwin added while explaining she is a “white girl,” but still has family that lives in Spain and throughout Europe.
Hilaria eventually bowed out and stated that she wants to focus on her kids. “”I’m going to go back to my family because I’ve not been a very good mommy, spending a lot of time focusing on this,” she wrote at the time.