‘Miracle’ touches Hayek

Thesp's 'instant love affair' unfolds in BevHills

Salma Hayek needed no help from the gods to helm “The Maldonado Miracle.” Thesp simply relied on her Mexican upbringing to guide her on Showtime’s immigrant’s tale, her directorial debut.

“She really communicated the subject matter like no else could,” said Showtime CEO Matt Blank at the pic’s Thursday night preem at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in BevHills.

Producers Eve Silverman and Susan Aronson said Hayek formed an “instant love affair” with the script, which they always envisioned to be directed by a Latino. Pic shows the humiliation and desperation immigrants encounter crossing the border into the U.S.

“She had taken the material in her heart and really had a vision for it,” Aronson said. “And we were happy as lambs because we had no idea she wanted to direct.”

“These people risk their lives because they don’t have any other choice,” Hayek said during the after-party in the theater lobby. “I wanted to make a movie about people, not about a Christ (figure) that was bleeding. I really saw a story within the story about the miracle.”