"I'm aware that he would say anything to attract attention and create the publicity around him," the Mexico-born actress told me while promoting her new animated film Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (more on that in a second). "If something generates publicity, I would never be surprised about anything he does."
Hayek refuses to "say his name" because she doesn't want to give the presidential hopeful any "extra publicity."
"I'd be surprised if he did something courageous and meaningful that nobody found out about," she said. "This was not courageous and meaningful."
However, she does appreciate that his remarks helped bring more attention to issues around race and discrimination. "At least he brought a light to a real problem," Hayek said.