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Salma Hayek: Studios Want Women 'To Be Quiet And Look Pretty'

The actress tells HuffPost Live executives don't like her strong opinions.

If navigating Hollywood as a woman wasn't already frustrating enough, with the industry's lack of diverse roles and profound pay gap, Salma Hayek has brought another unfortunate reality to our attention.

In a conversation with HuffPost Live on Thursday, the actress touched upon her recent comment that studios "don't want" her, explaining that she was just too outspoken.

"They don't like somebody who has an opinion on the script," she told host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani. "They want a girl to come in and be quiet and look pretty and do as the say, and it's just not in my nature."

The actress has also found casting to be a challenge, a result of her multi-ethnic background.

"It's hard. They go by stereotypes," Hayek said. "Sometimes it's hard to put me in a box. I am so many things -- specifically and proudly -- [but] in their head, I'm not quite the typical Latin woman, in many ways, or the typical Arab woman, or the typical American woman, so it's hard for them to pin me."

Hayek's new film, an animated adaptation of Kahlil Gibran's "The Prophet," hits theaters Friday, Aug. 7. 

Watch more from Salma Hayek's conversation with HuffPost Live here.

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