Salma Hayek Admits Getting Steamy With Channing Tatum Was Difficult

Salma Hayek says that her upcoming steamy dance scene with Channing Tatum in Magic Mike's Last Dance was "very physically challenging" and "you just wait to see."

By Jonathan Klotz | Published

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Salma Hayek joins Channing Tatum in Magic Mike’s Last Dance, the upcoming third installment in the male stripper franchise, which has already been making waves with its first trailer. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, alongside her Puss in Boots: The Last Wish co-star Antonio Banderas, the Hispanic bombshell describes the lap dance scene as “It’s very physically challenging.” The movements that Hayek and Tatum pull off during the steamy scene could only be summed up as “You just wait to see. It’s just complicated.”

In Magic Mike’s Last Dance, Salma Hayek plays a wealthy socialite that meets Channing Tatum’s Mike Lane while he’s bartending, though he soon lets her know what it is that he really does for a living. The resulting scene, as Hayek says, looks like an erotic, complicated dance between the two, which already has fans anxiously waiting for the movie to be released. Hayek’s socialite says that the dance was so powerful it was a “magical moment … that made me remember who I really was.” The 56-year old star, like Tatum, is no stranger to dancing on-screen, having made a lasting impression in Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Til Dawn.

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Salma Hayek and Channing Tatum in Magic Mike’s Last Dance

Selma Hayek has a small part in the vampire western, but the erotic, snake-assisted tabletop dance made an immediate impact on audiences, and combined with her recent breakthrough in Desperado, propelled Hayek to Hollywood stardom. Her early English-language roles focused on the star’s sex appeal, with mainstream recognition of her acting talent not coming until 2002’s Frida. Just as his co-star has, Channing Tatum has taken an early career filled with roles as the handsome guy, and has now started gaining critical acclaim for his acting talent.

Two stars, from two different backgrounds, playing two characters that come together over a passion for dance, only adds to the heat radiating off of the screen in Magic Mike’s Last Dance. Selma Hayek and Channing Tatum had never worked together previously, though if the film is a success, the two may co-star again, just as Hayek has frequently collaborated with another sexy heartthrob, Antonio Banderas. Both stars have worked on six films together, solidifying one of the longest-lasting, most productive friendships in Hollywood.

Selma Hayek on her steamy lap dance with Channing Tatum: “It’s very physically challenging. You just wait to see. It’s just complicated”

Before Selma Hayek and Channing Tatum get hot and heavy together, the actress and Banderas will lend their voices to the latest Puss in Boots movie, which promises to be significantly less steamy. Hayek plays Kitty Softpaws opposite Banderas’ title character, Puss in Boots, with the stars describing the film as a kid’s movie that tackles real-life issues in a faun and exciting way, especially in a post-Covid world. The Frida star explains the animated film as “It’s a reminder that we cannot stop living life and appreciating every single moment of it, and I think that’s a lovely reminder.”

Magic Mike’s Last Dance, and the included intimate dance numbers with Selma Hayek and Channing Tatum, promise to ignite theater screens this Valentine’s Day. While Hayek does not have anything else slated for 2023, Tatum has a role in Pussy Island, the directorial debut of his girlfriend, Zoe Kravitz. The 21 Jump Street star has also been working on the Jason Bateman directed Project Artemis, starring opposite Scarlett Johansson on the the upcoming AppleTV+ original film.