‘I wish I could still do that!’

Salma Hayek shows off sky-high split skills in cute childhood flashback picture 

Salma Hayek is more than just an actress and producer.

The Mexican-born star has revealed she was once quite an impressive gymnast.

The 49-year-old shared a flashback picture on Instagram that showed her doing a split in mid-air as a young girl.

Salma has previously revealed that despite her talent for the sport, her father did not want her to pursue a career gymnastics because he wanted her to have a ‘normal childhood.’

#TBT: Actress Salma Hayek, 49, shared a childhood picture of herself on Instagram on Thursday, doing a successful mid-air split

#TBT: Actress Salma Hayek, 49, shared a childhood picture of herself on Instagram on Thursday, doing a successful mid-air split

The Frida star captioned her impressive picture with the following: ‘I wish I could still do that but at least I have proof that once upon a time I was a #gymnast #ludscanov #gym #tbt’

Back in 2012, the actress spoke with the New Zealand Herald about her gymnastic days, and why she did not pursue that career.

She revealed that she was courted by scouts in Mexico and chosen to represent her country in competition, but her dad, Sami Hayek Domiguez, ultimately stopped those dreams.

‘They drafted me … to be part of the Olympic team! But I was eight or nine and my father said no because I would have had to go live in Mexico City in a boarding school for gymnasts, do six hours, eight hours a day of training, which for me was like paradise.’

Gymnasitcs dreams crushed: The star, pictured revealed that she was courted by scouts in Mexico and chosen to represent her country in competition, but her dad, Sami Hayek Domiguez, ultimately stopped those dreams

Gymnasitcs dreams crushed: The star, pictured November 7, revealed that she was courted by scouts in Mexico and chosen to represent her country in competition, but her dad, Sami Hayek Domiguez, ultimately stopped those dreams

Her dad’s sole purpose for preventing her from joining the Olympics was simple: he wanted her to have a standard upbringing.

‘My father thought I wouldn’t have had a normal childhood, and he wanted me to be normal. It’s too bad that with all his efforts it didn’t work out! But anyway, it worked out for me because now I’m an actress!’

As Salma stated, it ultimately worked out in her favor. She’s not only a successful A-list actress, she’s married to a French billionaire.

Wedded bliss: Salma's been married to French billionaire François-Henri Pinault, since Valentine's Day 2009.

Wedded bliss: Salma’s been married to French billionaire François-Henri Pinault, since Valentine’s Day 2009.

Happy family: The couple share daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault, 8, born in 2007

Happy family: The couple share daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault, 8, born in 2007

Salma’s been married to François-Henri Pinault, CEO of Kering, a company that owns designer good such as Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen,  since Valentine’s Day 2009.

The couple share daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault, 8, born in 2007.

The actress currently has multiple projects in the works, including the fantasy romance, Tale of Tales, and the animated comedy, Sausage Party. The latter features a slew of celebrity talent including Kristen Wiig, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and James Franco.

 

 

 

Source: Daily Mail

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