Salma Hayek’s first role since the birth of her daughter Valentina Paloma in September 2007, has her sporting a beard for the supernatural thriller Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant, in theatres October 23.
In a recent interview with Parade, the 43-year-old actress likens her bushy beard to the so-called pregnancy glow:
Everybody said, ‘Oh, my God. You look so hot with the beard.’ It’s like when people tell you, ‘You look gorgeous,’ when you are pregnant. You are like a swollen whale and never looked worse in your life. And somebody goes, ‘You’re glowing.’ They don’t have the courage to tell you how bad you look.
“Valentina saw me with the beard and seemed to understand it was only makeup,” adds Salma. “She was seven months old and she was not freaking out.”
The Frida actress, who recently wed Valentina’s French billionaire father François-Henri Pinault, loved being able to have her now 2-year-old daughter on the set with her during production: “I kept my daughter with me the whole time we were filming because otherwise I don’t see her the whole day,” she says. “She’s an amazing child. At nine months old she was already walking and talking.”
Though she may play a “freak” in The Vampire’s Assistant, she believes it’s the paparazzi who are the real freaks: “I think what’s freaky is those guys with the cameras who are so desperate and so excited because they’re seeing you walk into a supermarket and they want to get a picture,” says Salma. “I think that’s freaky. They’re the freaks. I’m not a freak but, I’m being attacked by the freaks sometimes. That’s the strange part.”