Kerrie Mitchell
August 07, 2009 AT 12:54 PM EDT

In Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant (out Oct. 23), Hayek costars as Madame Truska, the hirsute woman in a traveling freak show and girlfriend of the titular vampire (John C. Reilly). The fantasy, based on the popular young-adult books, follows a boy (Chris Massoglia) who becomes an apprentice to Reilly’s vamp. Hayek’s character sprouts whiskers every time she gets passionate with her boyfriend. “So she needs to be very comfortable with herself, which Salma really is in real life,” says director Paul Weitz (About a Boy). “I thought, of all people to have that problem, she’d be an interesting one.” Check out the EW issue on stands now for this and more First Looks, including one of Lucy Lawless in the sexy new TV series Spartacus: Blood and Sand.


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