The two leading ladies were both nominated in the Best Actress category at the Academy Awards in 2003, and ahead of the prizegiving, Salma experienced a fashion disaster that was averted when Renee loaned her a beautiful Carolina Herrera dress.
Hayek recalled the incident while presenting Zellweger with the Best Actress award, for her work as Judy Garland in biopic "Judy", at the National Board of Review Awards Gala in New York City on Wednesday (January 08): "It was annoying because at some point I would go, I wish she wins, she's so amazing."
"And even the night before (the 2003 Academy Awards) when my big butt exploded the seams of my Oscar dress and I had no dress for the Oscars, she ended up giving me one of her dresses that, thank God, was wide here (gestured around her butt) and stretchy here (gestured around her breasts). That's what I wore for that night."
Renee, who has been friends with Salma since 1996, has also shared a key memory of when her pal came to her rescue.
Zellweger has credited Hayek with giving her sound advice when they bumped into each other at an airport, which prompted her six-year hiatus from acting in 2010.
"She shared this beautiful ... metaphor? Analogy? 'The rose doesn't bloom all year... unless it's plastic,'" Renee said in a September (19) interview with New York Magazine. "I got it. Because what does that mean?"
"It means that you have to fake that you're okay to go and do this next thing. And you probably need to stop right now, but this creative opportunity is so exciting and it's once-in-a-lifetime and you will regret not doing it. But actually, no, you should collect yourself and, you know... rest."