Salma Hayek Clarifies Remarks About Mexico That Were 'Lost in Translation'

Salma Hayek

In Savages, Salma Hayek plays Elena, the merciless head of the Mexican Baja Cartel.

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The "Savages" star was saddened that her thoughts about her native country were misinterpreted.

Salma Hayek wants the world to know she is proud of her Mexican roots.

The Savages star, 45, has issued a statement in response to a new interview in German Vogue magazine in which she is quoted as saying that she hardly has "any memories of what it is to be Mexican. My life is completely different now."

The comments ruffled some feathers, particularly in Mexico, where Hayek is adored as a national treasure.

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But Hayek insists in her statement that the quote was "lost in translation" and that she has always strived "to represent my Mexican roots with honor and pride."

On Wednesday, a representative for Hayek produced the exact interview notes from reporter Ingrid Sischy, who wrote the piece before it was translated to German, according to E! Online.

"I am proud to be in this movie with all these great [Savages] actors," Hayek had originally said. "The truth is that I almost have to try and remember what it's like to be Mexican. My life is different now. You cannot make yourself represent something. You have to be an individual, by being the best you can be."