Kitty Who Got the Cream; Puss in Boots Actress Salma Hayek Looks Back on a Career Forged the Hard Way

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Kitty Who Got the Cream; Puss in Boots Actress Salma Hayek Looks Back on a Career Forged the Hard Way


Byline: JOHN HISCOCK

She has always loved adventure, and would go scuba diving in shark-invested waters, and even reserved a journey into space aboard Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic project.

But since giving birth to daughter Valentina, Salma Hayek has given up her more dangerous pursuits to become a devoted wife and mother.

"No more scuba diving and no more sharks," smiles the Mexican actress whose new film - the Shrek spin-off Puss In Boots - is out today. "Everything now is about Valentina. I want to be a good parent and guide for her."

Hayek's daughter was born in September 2007 shortly after Salma confirmed her engagement to the baby's father, French billionaire fashion czar Franois-Henri Pinault. A year later they called off their relationship before reconciling and marrying on Valentine's Day 2009 in Paris.

"I have started a whole new life," says Salma, 45. "It has had many incarnations but I don't look back on them much. I'm a different person than I was."

The working mother's latest screen incarnation is as the voice of the sexy feline thief Kitty Softpaws in Puss In Boots.

"I love that name," Salma purrs. "I smile every time I say it."

The film follows Puss, again voiced by Antonio Banderas, on his adventures prior to his first appearance in the Shrek films - Shrek 2 in 2004. Accompanied by his sidekicks, Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) and Kitty Softpaws, Puss is pitted against Jack and Jill, two murderous outlaws who discover an ancient power which threatens the world.

"The film has a sense of humour and a style all of its own," says Salma. "The action is extraordinary and there is never a dull moment. Just when you think you know what is going to happen, I guarantee you're going to be surprised."

She will soon be seen in a very different role in Savages, Oliver Stone's movie about Mexican drug cartels.

"I play a woman who has done something very horrible," she explains. "But there is a lot of humanity in her, even though she is a monster in many ways."

It has been a long, hard road for Hayek but she has finally achieved her ambition to become a respected and soughtafter actress. …

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