By peoplestaff225
Updated October 23, 2009 04:00 PM
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For many parents, a potty-trained toddler is a milestone that can’t come soon enough — but not so for Salma Hayek. In an interview with Access Hollywood, the 43-year-old actress and producer says that daughter Valentina Paloma, 2, potty trained herself…but mom wasn’t ready for the momentous occasion.

“She’s like, ‘Take these off, Mommy. I can go to the bathroom,'” Salma recalls. “But I’m like, ‘I don’t want you to because I still want you to wear the diaper when we go out because I don’t know how to handle the public bathrooms with you. Give me some time.’ But it’s like, ‘No, I don’t want to wear the diaper. I can do this, Mommy.'”

Graduating from diapers is just one of many important markers Valentina has reached of late, Salma shares.

Having recently returned to a film set — her first since giving birth — Salma admits she was nervous to take on her role in Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant because of the long hiatus from acting. That the part is small “was really important,” however, according to Salma.

“I was supposed to do a movie right after Valentina [was born] and it was the first time in my career that I backed out of something because I just couldn’t. I couldn’t.”

The transition was made easier by Valentina’s presence on location in New Orleans, along with husband François-Henri Pinault and his two children from a previous relationship. “She did great,” Salma says of Valentina. “She’s a pro.”

— Missy