Salma Hayek is no Barbie

“I work hard, I make my own living and I love it. I like having financial independence,” Hayek tells the November issue of Redbook. “I don’t ever want to have to depend on anyone completely. But when I have troubles sometimes, it’s nice to have someone there to help.”

Hayek explains how her marriage to French billionaire François-Henri Pinault, the CEO of luxury goods firm PPR influenced her style.

“I like to play fashion with him, but I’m nobody’s Barbie,” the 45-year-old says.

Salma also reveals that her decision to star in the upcoming Puss in Boots is due in part to her desire of making a movie her daughter could see.

And while her status may have changed now that she has taken on a new role, that of a mother, she’s always ready to play challenging parts.

“I’m playing the queen of a drug cartel in an Oliver Stone film,” says Hayek. “He asked if I’d gone ‘all soft’ because I’m a mother. I said, ‘Yes, but I can be the devil if I need to, because after all, I’m an actress.’ ”

[Photo: Redbook]