Kate Beckinsale: I Don’t Want To Be Embarrassing

Kate Beckinsale talks about being a mom of a teenage daughter, beauty and age in the August issue of Allure.

On not looking forward to Lily dating: “I remember Len (Wiseman) talking to Bruce Willis when Len did Live Free or Die Hard, and I think Bruce did some terrifying things when his daughter started having a boyfriend. Len and I asked him, ‘When Lily starts having boyfriends, will you come over, too? We’ll all stand on the doorstep, scare the sh*t out of them.’ But maybe now I don’t need Bruce. Now that I’m a villain, I can go solo.”

On not feeling attractive until she was almost 30: “Feeling attractive didn’t come until I was 29 and with Len. At the time it was partly perceived as if I’d gone all Hollywood, but it wasn’t like that at all. It was just okay for me to walk around and feel feminine and attractive. I like feeling liberated like this.”

On aging: “It’s more of the thing of being embarrassing to somebody. I haven’t been embarrassing before. I can’t dance at a party where there are teenagers without clearing the dance floor. Those are the things that make me go, ‘F–k, I’m old…” When you’re a parent, everyone leaves.”

On not wanting to embarrass her daughter: “Well, I haven’t done an awful lot of nude scenes. And I’ve been somebody who has had a child for a very long time. Most of my peers don’t have a 13-year-old. And it’s embarrassing. My daughter said to me, ‘You know, I’d really love it if you never said the word “vagina” in an interview again.’ Whoops. I’ve just done it.”


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