Hayek: School teacher inspired me

Salma Hayek has revealed she works hard never to take the easy road in life, thanks to her old school teacher.

The Oscar-winning actress and producer plays a teacher in new action comedy Here Comes The Boom, and drew on her own experience of having such an inspiring tutor.

Salma said: "I had one teacher in fifth grade who said something about 'pereza mental', which is mental laziness, and how it was a disease and you have to understand it and push yourself to learn.

"This stuck in my head and it has come in handy many times when I've become lazy - especially as you get older - about learning more and making yourself better."

But the 46-year-old actress admitted she struggles to teach Valentina, her five-year-old daughter with French billionaire husband Francois-Henri Pinault.

"She asks me so many questions that I have no idea how to answer. She's really smart!" revealed Salma.

"When you have children, you become inspired, but you almost don't have a choice because you want to look good to them."

:: Here Comes The Boom is out in cinemas now.