Every time Salma Hayek has to go on stage, she listens to Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ to fight her stage fright.
And in 2020, when Eminem performed that song at the Oscars, she was so shocked to see him that she “lost herself” when she met him backstage.
In an appearance on ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’ she stated:
I have a song that I put in my head that helps me get through stage fright, which is Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself.’ I mean, you hear that you feel like you can do anything. So I was hearing in my head I was going to present an award at the Oscars, which is really nerve-wracking, especially if you have stage fright. And this one day I was extra nervous cause I hadn’t slept, I was jet-lagged, I was feeling shaky. And this one time I was drinking water cause my mouth immediately goes dry. So I’m walking and in my head I was thinking, singing ‘Lose Yourself’. I’m drinking the water and then I go ‘wait a minute… Have I lost it?’ I go to a person ‘Is Lose Yourself playing right now?’ Because I heard it like in a stereo. He [Eminem] was not announced that he was gonna be at the Oscars. As I was ready to come out he was on stage playing ‘Lose Yourself.’
This was a surprise. So, I’m so nervous cause it’s me and him all of a sudden. It was really scary. I was embarrassed. And at this moment I was like more nervous and he comes out exactly on the side that I’m in. I was like ‘I love you… I love you’ and I spit the water out. And then I see that he is in shock with water all over him. Then I was like ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry’ They were like ‘Go, go’ and I was like ‘somebody take a picture’, They took a picture and then I left.
And despite getting wet when he met Salma, Eminem didn’t mind meeting her. When asked if he enjoyed performing at the Oscars, he told Rolling Stone:
Absolutely. I got to hug Salma Hayek!
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