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Salma Hayek may have won the Decade of Hotness award at Sunday night’s Guys Choice Awards, but when she began acting, she thought reviews that called her a “bombshell” meant something less than sexy.

“I remember the first time, when I did Desperado, my English was worse than now and I read the reviews that ‘Salma Hayek was a bombshell.’ And to me, this means that I was terrible, that I had bombed!” she told EW at the awards. “You think about it, that’s what it sounds like! Everyone told me, ‘No, no, it means you’re great, that you’re sexy!’ And [I was like], ‘That’s it? They didn’t talk about my acting?!'”

The actress also discussed how she’s now more open to being called “hot” than she was before.

“Let me tell you, as the years go by, the ‘hotness’ acknowledgment becomes more and more precious to a woman,” she said with a laugh. “When you start you’re like, ‘No, I want them to see me for my talent, and know me as an actress!’… Now, if they want to give me a Decade of Hotness [award], I’m like, ‘Bring it on!’ You really like to be [called] ‘hot’ after you’re 40.”

“You know what makes you hot? When you have the hots for someone,” she explained when asked how she defines the term “hot.” “I have the hots for my husband… When you like somebody it comes out of you, almost naturally, and you’re motivated. Love motivates you. It’s the right chemistry.”

The Guys Choice Awards will air on June 18 on Spike TV.

Reporting by Carrie Bell