As People reported on January 7, during a recent appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Penelope Cruz recounted how she and Salma Hayek first truly forged their unshakeable connection so many years ago, when Cruz first landed in Los Angeles for a movie career move. According to Cruz, Hayek had offered to pick her up from the airport upon her arrival, even though Hayek and Cruz had never met in real life, only by way of the telephone. “I was coming here for two months and I didn’t know anyone here,” Cruz told host Ellen DeGeneres. “[S]he picked me up and said, ‘You’re not going to the hotel. You’re coming to my house because this is hard at the beginning and you’re going to feel very lonely.'”
Though Hayek’s offer was as generous as it was unconventional, Cruz accepted it and, per Cruz, it was the right decision to make. “So, she took me to her house,” she continued, “[and] that’s why now we’re like sisters.” Though the Spanish actor disclosed that she was frightened of the big culture shift in moving to Los Angeles — enough so that she actually slept in Hayek’s room at the very beginning — the solidarity Hayek offered was enough to keep her going. “In the middle of the night, she said I was holding her hand because I was afraid, I was dreaming, I don’t know,” Cruz recalled. True friendship, indeed!