FRIDA star Salma Hayek is trying to rid herself of an annoying personality trait - her inability to say no.

The 37-year-old actress, currently dating actor Josh Lucas, admits she is so intent on pleasing everybody, she ends up taking on more than she can manage.

She says, "I have a problem saying no, so I become overextended. I spread myself too thin - get into situations where I'm in a frenzy. You know we lie to ourselves and say, 'I'm doing this for my own benefit,' when you're really doing it because someone put pressure on you and you don't know how to get out of it.

"It's hard to say no to people you respect, but I get angry because... you have to take care of yourself.

"I have to change. I have to say, 'Sorry, but I need a rest.' "

12/11/2003 02:09