Salma Hayek: Being badass rocks

Salma Hayek likes showing a woman gaining strength during Everly.

Salma Hayek had a blast playing the "most badass character" she ever has in Everly.

The 48-year-old actress stars in the title role of the upcoming film, about a women who has to face off against assassins sent to kill her by her mobster ex. Everly is trapped in her apartment which is where all the action takes place, and it allowed Salma to show how the character progresses.

"Everly is the most badass of anybody I've ever played or seen. She starts from a really weak place, she doesn't know she has this strength, and she discovers it through the movie," she told Total Film magazine.

Many stars would find the prospect of acting on just one set hard, but Salma relished it. The only time the audience might get to see the outside world is if light shines in through a bullet hole, and the actress feels this really added to the sense of foreboding.

"The set becomes a character in itself. And it has the opposite journey to me - I start broken and get strong, and the apartment starts in one piece and gets more and more destroyed!" she laughed.

Everly is directed by Joe Lynch, who had a set idea of how he wanted things to unfold when the cameras started rolling. For one, he loved the idea of having a strong woman as the focus of the flick. Inspired by a selection of other film greats, Joe couldn't get one famous film out of his mind during the shoot.

"In my mind, I was always seeing the last ten minutes of Aliens: 'OK, there's Ripley with a gun, kicking ass, taking names...'" he laughed.

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