updated 09/25/2012 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 09/25/2012 AT 5:00 PM ET
Salma Hayek is happily married these days, but looking back, she didn’t believe such a feeling would be possible.
“I didn’t think marriage worked,” she tells More in its October issue cover story. “I thought everybody who was married was secretly miserable – that it was something they just put up with for their children.”
But since “saying François-Henri Pinault on Valentine’s Day of 2009, the actress, 46, sees things very differently.
“I have a master of decision-making helping me out, so of course my life and my career are better,” she explains.