Salma Hayek: clawless and lawless in "Puss in Boots"

Fri Oct 28, 2011 8:34am EDT
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Salma Hayek has been many things: movie star, director, producer, wife and mother. On Friday, she adds clawless and lawless to that list as the fierce, female heroine Kitty Softpaws in new animated film, "Puss in Boots."

The movie stars Antonio Banderas as the swashbuckling cat Puss with the sexy voice and keen ability to make sad eyes who was first introduced to movie fans in 2004's "Shrek 2."

In this spinoff, Puss teams with Kitty Softpaws, a declawed cat thief, and Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifiankis) to thwart the evil efforts of Jack and Jill (Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris) who are looking to plant magic beans and steal a Golden Goose.

Reuters sat down with the 45-years-young Hayek over a carton of jellybeans to talk about her first foray into animation, her 4-year-old daughter Valentina with French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault and what life is like as a mom living in Paris.

Q: How was your first time doing an animated movie?

A: "It was incredible! You don't have to wake up two hours earlier than everyone else because you're a girl and your hair and make-up takes longer to do. You don't have to figure out what to wear. You don't have to look good. You don't have to be on a diet. You just go and do it. That was so liberating!"

Q: Did you create a specific voice for the role?

A: "No. I was intending to use my voice because my accent is a little bit like a cartoon already!"   Continued...

<p>Cast members Antonio Banderas (R) and Salma Hayek pose with characters at the premiere of the animated film "Puss In Boots" in Los Angeles October 23, 2011. REUTERS/Phil McCarten</p>