Adam B. Vary
June 25, 2012 AT 09:12 PM EDT

Savages — director Oliver Stone’s adaptation of Don Winslow’s best-selling drug thriller — is chockablock with macho posturing and violent bravado, but the story is driven by two very different women. First, there’s Elena (Salma Hayek), the queen of a powerful Mexican drug cartel who wants to muscle in on the dope dealing territory of SoCal pot growers Ben (Aaron Johnson) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch). And second, there’s O (Blake Lively), Ben and Chon’s shared girlfriend who Elena kidnaps in order to get her way.

In two exclusive featurettes, Hayek and Lively talk about their characters, what makes them tick, and the strange connection they share. Check out their stories below: 

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