Mexican beauty Salma Hayek reprises the role of Roxanne, the no-nonsense wife of Adam Sandler's character, Lenny, in Columbia Pictures' smash comedy sequel, “Grown Ups 2.”
In the film, this very fashion-conscious woman leaves LA for the small-town, east-coast life. “She’s the only fish out of water,” says Hayek. “The rest of the characters grew up together. So it takes her some time to find her place in her new home town.”
“Grown Ups 2” re-teams Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade for another chapter of small-town shenanigans. After moving his family back to his hometown to be with his friends and their kids, Lenny finds out that between old bullies, new bullies, schizo bus drivers, drunk cops on skis, and 400 costumed party crashers sometimes crazy follows you.
For Hayek, the chance to re-team with the cast of the original “Grown Ups” was the only invitation she needed. “I was so excited to get back together with these wonderful actors and comedians,” she says. “We’ve stayed in touch and I love to work with them – they are so good. I especially love the girls, Maria (Bello) and Maya (Rudolph) – we really bonded last time and we’re more relaxed this time. Maya is one of the best comediennes in America, and she actually gets better, year by year. And Maria just brings it – she was fierce.”
Hayek says that being on the set is an inspiration for all of the actors to do their best comedic work. “I was really impressed by how funny everyone was – even actors that you wouldn’t expect. Shaquille O’Neal was a revelation to me – he’s hilarious, and in this one, he’s the funniest he’s ever been.”
The Academy Award® nominated Hayek has proven herself as a prolific actress, producer, and director, in both film and television. She received an Academy Award® nomination, a Golden Globe nomination, a SAG nomination, and a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress in the title role in Julie Taymor’s “Frida.”
Hayek recently starred in Oliver Stone’s “Savages,” opposite Blake Lively, John Travolta and Benicio del Toro.
On television, she was last seen guest starring on NBC’s critically acclaimed show “30 Rock.” Hayek won an Emmy for her directorial debut “The Maldonado Miracle,” which she also produced. The film, which starred Peter Fonda, Mare Winningham, and Ruben Blades, premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and later aired on Showtime. She has directed music videos for both Prince and Jada Pinkett.
Hayek’s other film credits include: the Academy Award®-nominated “Puss In Boots” with Antonio Banderas; Paul Weitz’s “The Vampire’s Assistant,” Robert Towne’s “Ask the Dust,” alongside Colin Farrell and Idina Menzel; Luc Besson’s “Bandidas,” opposite Penelope Cruz; Brett Ratner’s “After the Sunset,” Robert Rodriguez’s “Once Upon a Time in Mexico,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” directed by Robert Rodriquez and written by Quentin Tarantino; and Robert Rodriguez’s “Desperado.”
Opening across the Philippines on July 24, “Grown Ups 2” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit www.columbiapictures.com.ph to see the latest trailers, get free downloads and play free movie games.