Salma Hayek Turns Premiere into Mom-Daughter ‘Date Night’ with Valentina

07/30/2015 at 10:55 AM ET

It was ladies’ night out for Salma Hayek.

On Wednesday, the actress brought her daughter Valentina Paloma, 7½, as her date to the Los Angeles premiere of the animated film Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet, which Hayek produced.

“It’s actually a grandmother-mother-daughter date night,” Hayek, 48, told PEOPLE before the screening, which took place at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. “My mom is also here. This film is for everybody.”

Clad in a Balenciaga dress and Gucci shoes, Hayek — who lends her voice as one of the characters in the film — not only allowed Valentina to attend the screening but also introduced her to some of her favorites on the red carpet.

“She’s excited to see [the movie] again and show it to her friends, but she’s also excited because we have a lot of people from the Disney Channel here,” jokes Hayek.

Salma Hayek Valentina Khalil Gibran The Prophet
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Valentina, who voices a character in the French version of the film, had free rein to roam the afterparty, where she filled up on hors d’oeuvres and chatted with Hayek’s costar Quvenzhané Wallis.

“I never do it,” Hayek says about allowing her daughter to be in the spotlight. “But it’s a special occasion. She suffered through Mommy not being around for so long with this one. She’s been a part of it because she had to sacrifice also for this film.”

Hayek adds that the movie was very cathartic for her daughter, specifically with regards to Hayek’s own deceased grandmother.

“For her, after seeing this movie, she doesn’t see death in the same way. She did a drawing of my grandmother’s tomb. She never met my grandmother. She was sad she was dead,” she explains. “Now after seeing the movie, in the drawing, my grandmother was released from the ground and she’s a spirit among us. That’s pretty awesome.”

The mother-daughter date comes on the heels of another adventure the two recently took: to Disneyland!

“Saturday we went to Disneyland. It was hot. I was really overworked,” admits Hayek. “Once you arrive there, you can not get them out of there. I dragged them out!”

But dragging her daughter and her friends around Disneyland isn’t the key to Hayek looking so amazing these days. She’s actually got a few tricks up her sleeve.

“I have many beauty secrets,” shares Hayek. “But tonight, I am lucky because these two Japanese girls are here from Tokyo and they do a massage on the face that pulls you up. It’s like a lift, and they do it all with their hands. No machines, no products, it’s all with their hands. They do something very strange, but it works.”

— Matthew Cole Weiss

FILED UNDER: Kids , News , Parenting , Salma Hayek

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Tina on

She looks just like her dad.

cds on

As Valentina get’s older she is getting to be prettier and she will probably speak french and spanish which is so cool. Mostly, Salma and her father love her very much, which will be good for her self esteem which is more important than being pretty.

shebee on

Yes I would be a little ticked of Salma was my mom but I looked like my dad. your mom is a beauty and daddy is rich and you still get the short end of the stick. Sheesh!

Lolo on

WOW she looks JUST like her daddy!

Xoxo on

Mom’s coloring, but she is the spitting image of her father. WOW.

Andrea on

Salma’s 48? Wow! She looks amazing. I hope I look half as good when I’m her age.

Guest on

STOP making comments about a child’s appearance. Completely inappropriate. Salma sounds like such a great Mom and so glad she’s still making movies. Love her!

Anonymous on

Awww, Valentina is adorable!

Laura on

I had to google a picture of Valentina’s father and I don’t see the resemblance that everyone else does. I think she looks just like Salma- especially in the eyes! She got her father’s ears, though.

lilly pond on

Funny looking child.

erica2 on

Valentina is an unfortunate looking child, but she might be an ugly ducking that blossoms into a beautiful swan you never know. I would hate to be the daughter of a mother that is so stunningly beautiful.

arie almog on

שלום, פתחתי אתר ב YO_YOO ואיני מצליח להפעילו גם איני מצליח לייצור קשר עם חברה זו.
אולי תוכלי לעזור לי.
בתודה מראש ובברכה
אריה אלמוג קשיש בן 88 אב שכול מאבדנו בת יחידה פ]רח בת 16 אביבים וקצין מצטיין בצהל אני נכה מלחמה אבל זה בכנות פרט שולי.

Liss on

How anyone can say she looks like her mother is beyond me.

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