Salma Hayek on Why Her “Like a Boss” Character Is a Drag Queen

"I love the celebration... to make yourself like a work of art."

Salma Hayek is dragging it up for 2020.

In her new movie, Like a Boss, the Oscar-nominated actress plays Claire Luna, a maniacal makeup mogul who tries to buy a cosmetics company owned by besties Mel (Rose Byrne) and Mia (Tiffany Haddish).

In an exclusive interview with NewNowNext, Hayek reveals why she considers her character in the new big-screen comedy to be a drag queen.

“I wanted to be in drag for this one. I love the celebration… to make yourself like a work of art, to go with the fantasy of beauty,” she explains.

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Originally, Hayek had envisioned injecting her lips and using Botox to achieve Claire’s look, but since she had to shoot another film immediately after Like a Boss, she had to settle for a big Ann-Margret wig and a set of fake teeth.

Hayek also talks about one of her movies that’s beloved by the LGBTQ audience: the 1998 disco camp classic 54.

“I think only my gay fans watched that movie,” she says. “I’m glad someone saw it and enjoyed it!”

Check out NewNowNext’s full interview with Hayek below. Like a Boss hits theaters this Friday, January 10.
 

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