“It was so embarrassing,” Hayek says.
Trinity’s role in the “Matrix” movies was a defining role for star Carrie-Anne Moss’ career – but it seems a few other recognizable names were vying for the role.
Appearing on this week’s episode of “Red Table Talk,” host Jada Pinkett Smith and guest Salma Hayek opened up about their failed auditions for the film as they discussed who they met for the movie. first time.
“We were one of four finalists for ‘The Matrix’,” said Hayek. “We had gone through a lot of hurdles, screen tests and a lot of auditions, and they brought these stunt coordinators from Asia, and that was the physical test.”
“Now I’m flexible. I’m nimble, but I’m lazy,” the actress continued. “I’ve never really been to the gym and they said, ‘You have to run’, I’m going, ‘Where?’ “Around you have to run. I couldn’t even walk around the room once.”
Then, she recalls, walking Jada, who Hayek said was a “mean, skinny and sexy machine.”
“Oh my god, she was so good. It was so embarrassing,” Salma continued. “She was so focused, she was so disciplined, she was so capable, she was so graceful. I just looked at this woman and I was like, ‘This is what I want to be when I grow up.’
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When Hayek said she didn’t get the part, Pinkett said she didn’t either, before confirming it was Trinity’s role by saying, “I always tell Carrie-Anne that she was perfect for that one. “
“They never called me back after that day,” said Hayek, while Jada won the role of Niobe in both released sequels and the forthcoming fourth film “The Matrix”.
“Now every time I go to action I say, ‘No, no, I better start getting some stamina, practice the routines,” added Hayek, who joked that her personal mantra became: “You must be like Jada!”
The full episode of Hayek’s “Red Table Talk” releases Wednesday, June 23 on Facebook Watch.