Salma Hayek told a rather innocuous and highly inaccessible story about her animal rescue owl, Kering, who wreaked havoc on the Ellen Show this week.
Her feathered companion made quite an impression on the talk show host, who was baffled by Hayek’s reports of the pet crouched on her head and biting her feet in the middle of the night. You know, typical good old fashioned owl stuff.
But an anecdote about the pet vomiting a hairball on a famous friend Hayek later identified as Harry Styles leaves some fans wondering why exactly the two stars were at her home in the first place.
EllenTubeSalma Hayek and her owl Kering.
“Once there was a very important celebrity – I’m not going to say his name – and he was really excited about the owl and hoped the owl would go on his head because it was on me,” revealed Hayek.
Styles apparently expressed the need for “an owl in my life” before letting the creature sit on his glorious and much-tickled hair.
“The moment he least expected it, he came on his head, but then he did the thing and this thing came out, that wad of rat hair was on his head,” she explained. “He was fine, he was kind of cool. He didn’t scream. “
Hayek reiterated that Styles was “super cool” about the incident and added that she hopes she “has no trouble” because she mentioned Styles by name.
With Hayek’s upcoming role in Marvel’s highly anticipated blockbuster Eternals, fans were immediately on high alert when she mentioned her connection with the former One Direction singer.
Rumors have been circulating for months that Styles will appear in Chloe Zhao’s epoch-spanning tent pole as Starfox, the brother of the snappy warlord Thanos, who served as the ultimate big bad guy for Marvel movies until Avengers: Endgame.
Karwai Tang via Getty ImagesHarry Styles on the set of My Policeman in Brighton.
Fans have even modeled designs for styles in costumes as a character who is a member of the immortal alien race at the center of Eternals and who later teamed up with the Avengers, according to the comic book canon.
Last September, journalist Kris Tapley raised suspicions when he reportedly wrote in a now-deleted tweet that Styles would actually appear in a “Marvel movie that no one knows he’s in”.
Internet detectives also noted that the Watermelon Sugar singer had followed a number of Eternals cast members, including Gemma Chan and Richard Madden, on Instagram, which further confirmed in the minds of some people that a secret cameo was underway.
After Hayek’s interview, fans took the breadcrumb and ran it on social media, with one person writing on YouTube, “HARRY IS BASICALLY EVER CONFIRMED”.
Harry Styles in Marvel Eternals confirmed by the owl pic.twitter.com/2xCZYIU36w
– ❥ (@hespuns) June 15, 2021
the fact that this might have confirmed HARRY STYLES IN ETERNALS ???? https://t.co/UJxfbkoMD2
– karen 🙂 (@karentijeroo) June 15, 2021
HOW HARRY STYLES IN THE ETERNALS SAY WHAT THIS BASICALLY SAYS https://t.co/Mo0y1A5SXN
– Melissa (@superrmelissa) June 16, 2021
okay, so salma is forever and harry was apparently hanging with her when she was making the film ………… harry in the mcu confirmed https://t.co/fuvJGcswRP
– luíza (@dakotastyIes) June 15, 2021
The top secret studio has, of course, been silent amid the speculation as the upcoming movie, other than what we saw in the first trailer, which arrived last month and broke all sorts of records, is shrouded in mystery.
Eternals, due to hit theaters in November, would be the latest in a string of high-profile acting appearances for Styles. After finishing production for his new girlfriend Olivia Wilde’s film Don’t Worry Darling, he’s just finished filming the upcoming romance drama My Policeman alongside The Crown star Emma Corrin.