On “The Ellen Show” this week, Salma Hayek
told a fairly innocuous and highly unrelatable story about her pet rescue
owl, Kering, who caused all sorts of animal-related havoc.
Hayek's accounts of the pet perching on top of her head and biting her feet in the middle of the night left the talk show host perplexed; you know, typical, good old-fashioned owl stuff!
However, an anecdote about the pet regurgitating a hairball on a famous friend, later identified as Harry Styles
, has some fans
wondering why the two stars were together at her house
in the first place.
“Once upon a time, there was a very important celebrity — I won't name him — and he was really excited about the owl and was hoping that the owl would go on his head because it was on mine,” Hayek explained.
Styles reportedly expressed a desire for "an owl in my life" before allowing the creature to perch atop his magnificent and much-fawned-over mane.
“He came on his head when he least expected it, but then he did the thing and this thing came out, this ball of rat hair on his head,” she explained. “He was OK, he was kind of cool. He didn't scream.”
Hayek reiterated that Styles was "super cool" about the incident, adding that she hopes she's "not in trouble" for naming Styles.
Given Hayek's upcoming role in Marvel
's highly anticipated blockbuster "Eternals
," fans were immediately alarmed when she mentioned her connection to the former One Direction member.
For months, rumors have circulated that Styles will appear in Chloe Zhao
's epoch-spanning tentpole as Starfox, the brother of Thanos, who served as the ultimate bad guy for Marvel films up until "Avengers: Endgame." Fans have even mocked up designs for Styles in costume as the character, who is a member of the immortal alien race at the center of "Eternals" and late
Last September, journalist
Kris Tapley fueled speculation by allegedly writing in a since-deleted tweet that Styles would indeed appear in a “Marvel film no one knows he’s in.” Internet sleuths also noticed that the “Watermelon
Sugar” singer had followed a number of “Eternals” cast members, including Gemma Chan and Richard Madden, on Instagram
, further confirming in some people
’s minds that a saga was underway.
Following Hayek's interview
, fans ran with the breadcrumb on social media
, with one person writing on YouTube
, "HARRY IS BASICALLY CONFIRMED IN ETERNALS."
The owl confirms Harry Styles' appearance in Marvel Eternals pic.twitter.com/2xCZYIU36w — (@hespuns) June 15, 2021
The fact that this could have confirmed HARRY STYLES IN ETERNALS???? https://t.co/UJxfbkoMD2
— karen :) (@karentijeroo) June 15, 2021
SO BASICALLY, HARRY STYLES IS IN THE ETERNALS https://t.co/Mo0y1A5SXN
— Melissa (@superrmelissa) June 16, 2021
harry in the mcu confirmed https://t.co/fuvJGcswRP
— luza (@dakotastyIes) June 15, 2021
The highly secretive studio has, of course, remained silent in the midst of the speculation, as the upcoming film is shrouded in mystery
aside from what we've seen in the first trailer
, which arrived last month and broke all sorts of records.
“Eternals,” which is set to hit theaters on November 5, would be the latest in a string of high-profile acting roles for Styles, who is currently filming the upcoming romantic drama “My Policeman” alongside “The Crown” star Emma Corrin.