Kate Beckinsale: I Won’t Speak Negatively About Lily’s Dads

Underworld: Awakening star Kate Beckinsale graces REDBOOK‘s January cover, on newsstands December 20th. In the interview, the actress opens up about her unconventional family, motherhood and nude scenes.

On her time away from work: “I was at home. We’ve got a kind of unconventional family situation, with two dads, and I’ve always been the constant parent, the one who is here. Even if I’m working, it’s me. So if anything ripples the water, then it’s important to be home. My daughter is about to be 13, and I realize how fleeting time is. I was happy to be around Lily to talk about her day when she got home.”

On her unconventional family: “I think Lily feels comfortable with the family she has, and she’s very used to Michael [Sheen, Beckinsale’s first husband] being away…I’m not naïve enough to think that having separated parents has no effect on Lily. I’m sure it does. But she certainly has never heard me talk negatively about either of her dads.”

On nude scenes: “I think it’s worse nowadays, because you do something like that and somebody immediately makes a five-times as long feature on YouTube to rock music, and they play it over and over again. I’m not averse to doing a nude scene, but it would have to be something I felt I could really argue for in front of my daughter, and so far that hasn’t happened.”

For more photos of Kate, click here and pick up the January issue of REDBOOK, on newsstands December 20th.

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Photo credit: Gilles Bensimon for REDBOOK


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  1. Kate from Pearl Harbor!

    It is nice to hear her talk about Michael Sheen the father of Lily. Who. Is dating
    Rachel McAdams. Wish she would talk more about her husband who shot her.to fame with the Underworld Movies.. That is how they met!

  2. SallyAnn

    I really like their “unconventional” family, as she puts it. Lily really seems blessed to have two great men in her life that love her as a father should. Considering some families don’t have any father figure or male role model, that’s great! I think Kate & her daughter are both very beautiful, and I like the way Kate is seems not to be too pretentious about her beauty either. She’s very down to earth in her interviews. It’s nice to see someone other than the Jolie-Pitts or the Cruise family.

  3. Marylouise

    I love reading these articles bcaseue they’re short but informative.

  4. Adiana

    A really good asnwer, full of rationality!

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