“Beatriz at Dinner” stars Salma Hayek as a Mexican immigrant who, when her car breaks down at the home of her massage client, stays for dinner with a group of her client’s wealthy business friends. It’s easy to see how the movie can be relevant to current concerns about immigration in the era of President Donald Trump, and Hayek, along with stars John Lithgow, Jay Duplass, Connie Britton, and Chloe Sevigny and director Miguel Arteta addressed that at the Variety Studio presented by Orville Redenbacher’s at the Sundance Film Festival.
Of the Women’s March that took place the day after Trump’s inauguration, Hayek said, “I think the march is a form of communication. And I think in time, I hope that President Trump — oh my god, I think it’s the first time I’ve said it! — will see what it was for what it was.”
“He keeps talking about how he’s going to be the president for America,” she went on. “And I think the beautiful thing about the march — it’s America saying, ‘We are America.’ So it was a beautiful reminder that the majority of the vote did not go to Mr. Trump. And it’s just a lovely reminder, peacefully saying, ‘Hey! We are America too.'”