Salma Hayek may have portrayed a cold-hearted Mexican cartel queen as Elena in Oliver Stone’s “Savages," but in the September 2012 issue of Germany's Vogue the actress told the magazine that while filming she didn’t feel connected to her past in Mexico.
"I am proud to have been involved in this film with all these great actors,” Hayek told Vogue Deutsch (as translated from German to English). “Honestly, I hardly had any memories of what it is to be Mexican. My life is completely different now."
For Mexican-born Hayek, who got her start in telenovelas such as "Teresa," the statement is a surprising one.
“What did Salma mean by basically saying she forgot what it's like to be a Mexican woman? That she's too French and rich for our blood?” Hispanic blog Guanabee wrote, alluding to Hayek's marriage to French billionaire François-Henri Pinault.
Fans of the 45-year-old actress expressed their discontent with the statement on Twitter.
"No me acuerdo como era ser mexicana" dice Salma Hayek a Vogue Alemania...Desafortunada declaración...La fama le afectó la memoria...
— yohali resendiz (@yohaliresendiz) August 16, 2012
"Unfortunate declaration," Yohali Resendiz tweeted in Spanish. "Her fame affected her memory."
Regardless of whether she has any recollection of what being a Mexican woman is like, Hayek defended her native country on one front -- the drug war.
"It’s true that we have a problem in Mexico and it is important to talk about it. However, the U.S. is playing a major role, even if they claim it is purely a Mexican problem." Hayek told Vogue Deutsch (as translated from German to English) when asked about her work in "Savages." "More than 30,000 people have been killed in the past few years in this drug war -- mainly by arms that come from the U.S.”
In June, the actress expressed a similar sentiment during an interview for “Savages” with Good Morning America’s host George Stephanopoulos.
“It means a lot to me that we're making this movie because I feel like when you hear about Mexico you only hear about the part that Mexico is very violent,” Hayek told Stephanopoulos. “But nobody talks about the part that we're right next to the United States... And all this violence that's happening there, it's done with American arms.”
Check out photos of Hayek in the gallery below!
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: Actress Salma Hayek arrives at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Salma Hayek arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party for the 84th Annual Academy Awards at the Sunset Tower on February 26, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ (Photo credit should read ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Mexican born actress Salma Hayek gestures during a press conference to present the film 'La Chispa De La Vida' at the Berlinale film festival on February 15, 2012 in Berlin. The 62nd Berlinale, the first major European film festival of the year, kicked off on February 9, 2012, with 23 productions screening in the main showcase. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 19: Salma Hayek arrives to Goya Cinema Awards 2012 ceremony, at the Palacio Municipal de Congresos on February 19, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 15: (EDITORS NOTE: This image has been retouched.) Actress Salma Hayek poses for a portrait on February 15, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 05: Francois-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek attend the Stella McCartney Ready-To-Wear Fall/Winter 2012 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 5, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Mexican actress Salma Hayek poses next to Disney character Mickey as she launches Disneyland Paris's 20th birthday celebrations at Disneyland Paris in Chessy Marne-la-Vallee, outside Paris. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Mexican born actress Salma Hayek pose for photographers at the premiere for the film 'As Luck Would Have It' (La chispa de la vida) at the Berlinale film festival on February 15, 2012 in Berlin. The 62nd Berlinale, the first major European film festival of the year, kicked off on February 9, 2012, with 23 productions screening in the main showcase. Eighteen pictures will vie for the Golden Bear top prize at the event running to February 19. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)