Many wealthy Hollywood celebrities are known for having peculiar interests and unusual possessions, and actor Salma Hayek is no exception. The Desperado and Eternals star recently revealed that she owns a pet owl, as well as an array of other animals such as dogs, horses, alpacas, rabbits, and chickens.
Some might be wondering how she’s able to care for so many animals, but she certainly has the means to; Hayek has a net worth of $200 million, and her husband, François-Henri Pinault has a net worth of $57 billion.
Having such an unusual pet comes with its fair share of problems. Unfortunately for Hayek, this means that her owl occasionally throws up hairballs on famous houseguests such as Harry Styles.
Salma Hayek’s pet owl once threw up on Harry’s Styles’ head
Hayek discussed her owl’s digestive habits during a recent interview with Ellen Degeneres, revealing that it threw up on Styles’ head when the Dunkirk star stopped by.
“The worst is when they like—there’s this ball of hair that comes out of their mouth,” Hayek said. “And one time there was a very important celebrity—I will not say his name—and he was really excited about the owl, and was hoping that the owl would go on his head, because it was on me. And he’s like, ‘Oh, I need an owl in my life, how do you do that?’ And the minute he least expected it, it came on his head, but then he did the thing. And this thing came out,” she said. “This ball of rat hair was on his head. He was ok. It happens sometimes when you have guests in this house.”
Even though Hayek initially refused to reveal who her owl threw up on, she later admitted that it was Styles after being pressured by Degeneres.
“I hope I’m not in trouble,” Hayek said. “He was super cool, by the way. He was super cool, even with that happening.”
Her owl sleeps in her bedroom with her when her billionaire husband is out of town
While Hayek loves her pet owl, her husband, Pinault, might not feel so strongly about it. She revealed that even though she loves sleeping with the bird in her bedroom, Pinault refuses to allow it in the bedroom while he’s home.
“She only sleeps with me when my husband is not in town, he won’t have it,” Hayek said. “He won’t have it. He puts up with a lot, but of course, he’s not going to sleep with an owl in the room. So when he’s out of town she sleeps with me.”
Salma Hayek says her owl bites her toes in her sleep
As one might expect, sleeping with a wild animal can have its fair share of difficulties. Hayek later admitted that she often has to sleep with socks on because her owl attacks her feet while she’s sleeping.
“And what happens is that eventually, I go to sleep, but she just keeps flying around the room,” Hayek said. “She comes and snuggles before, sometimes in the middle of the night, she just lands on my head. It’s a little bit jarring, but I’m kind of used to it. The worst is when your feet come out of the sheets, and she thinks that your toes are mice. And she just flies in and grabs them. That can be pretty terrifying. … I try to put [on] socks at least, for some protection.”
Hayek’s latest film, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is now playing in theaters.
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