A candid Salma Hayek is opening up about the secrets to a happy marriage and surprise, it’s not just about keeping things hot in the bedroom.

Hayek, who married billionaire business man François-Henri Pinault in 2009, has learned a lot about making a marriage work when it comes to balancing motherhood, family and a career. The 49-year-old actress talked openly about her married life in the July issue of Red magazine.

Hayek divulged that keeping her marriage happy and healthy isn’t solely based on what goes on in the bedroom.

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“Sex is not the key to a happy marriage, but it’s a side effect,”; she tells the magazine. “Although not every day! If it’s every day then it loses its charm. It’s so important to maintain your chemistry,”; she explains. “You have to continue to laugh, continue to explore, continue to have fun with each other, continue to have romance.”;
The actress may boast an impressive filmography after nearly three decades in the business, including an Oscar nomination for her role as Mexican artist Frida Khalo in “Frida”;, but it’s her family life that she’s most proud of.

“A good marriage, full of love, is my biggest accomplishment. Home is where my husband is,”; she shares. “He is home. Everything outside of the family nucleus is an adventure that you’re living together.”;

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Feeling sexy is an important part of the mix for Hayek, despite times of insecurities.

“Even though I struggle every moment with my own judgment of my body, I’m in touch with myself. I try to be really aware of every muscle. It is sexy,”; she continues. “Sexuality, what other people see in you, is enjoying your body. Involve your senses in your life, and you will become sexy. Dance, and not to look good. If you dance terribly, still dance.”;

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“It might in the moment not look sexy, but this interaction with life makes you sexy. And even if you’re on a diet, enjoy your food – please! It’s a very Latin point of view,”; she adds.

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