Salma Hayek opened up about her experience and some of the challenges she faced while filming Magic Mike’s Last Dance.
While speaking with Entertainment Tonight, Hayek, 56, discussed some of the highs and lows of playing her character alongside costar Channing Tatum in the third installment of the movie franchise.
In the official trailer, Tatum, 42, gives Hayek a steamy lap dance performance in which she says was very challenging.
“It’s very physically challenging,” Hayek told ET. “My goodness. You just wait to see. It’s complicated.”
Hayek continued to say, “I play a strong woman. You know what was my day going into the office? I would just sit around and watch, like, 12 men, semi-naked dancing and doing pirouettes. And I got to boss them around.”
In an interview with PEOPLE in August, Hayek praised Tatum’s skills saying, “If you thought he could dance [before], you are going to realize you haven’t seen anything. His dance skills — he just got better.”
Tatum also discussed his goals for Magic Mike’s Last Dance with PEOPLE in an interview last February and said, “I want it to be the Super Bowl of stripping. I want dancing like we’ve never been able to do in the other two movies because we had to be honest to what the reality of that world is, which isn’t great dancing.”
Tatum said that not only did he want professional dancers, but it was important for the sequel to have a well-written female lead.
“I want to have an equal, if not even more centralized female character for Mike to really play off of and almost to. I don’t want to say, [to have her] take the baton, but really let the movie be about a female’s experience and not Mike’s experience because it has been so much about Mike and the guys’ experiences. These movies are very, very female-forward. At least that is our intention.”