There were a lot of reasons not to write the December New York Times opinion piece, "Harvey Weinstein is My Monster Too," which detailed actress, producer and activist Salma Hayek Pinault’s tortuous ordeal trying to make the Oscar-nominated film "Frida."

"I don’t want people to think of ‘Frida’ and remember that. It’s such an important film for me; I wanted it to be on its own away from stigma," she said Tuesday at the WorkHuman 2018 conference in Austin. 

She also wanted to continue to be a role model, particularly to the Latino community that has supported her career. 

"When people see me, I want people to think anything is possible. You can find love in your 40s, give birth in your 40s, too, continue to work when you’re in your 50s" in the film business, Hayek Pinault said. "I want people when they see me to remember that subconsciously. I don’t want to start talking about how hard I’ve had it. I don’t want to be remembered as the person who overcame the torture of Harvey Weinstein for five years because I’ve worked so hard to do many other things."