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Beauty People: Loves & loathes - Kate Beckinsale; SUSAN GRANGER reveals all that's good - and all that's not so good - in the world of Pearl Harbor star Kate Beckinsale.

Byline: SUSAN GRANGER

KATE LOVES:

MICHAEL SHEEN

"Michael's this smashing Welsh actor. We met in 1995, but we haven't actually managed to get married yet. It's like if you keep a library book out long enough, you feel it's yours. We may get married when our daughter Lily is old enough to enjoy being our flower girl. She's two."

MY MOTHER, ACTRESS JUDY LOE

"Mum was always much hipper than me. She'd been in Hair and wore pants to her wedding with my father when I was four. We live in West London. I'm not dying to move to Los Angeles because I want to be close to Mum."

MEMORIES OF MY LATE FATHER, ACTOR RICHARD BECKINSALE

"He died in 1979 so I've probably seen him more on television than I ever did in real life, but I do remember Daddy used to nibble my ear lobes. And having famous parents meant I got to meet The Monkees!"

ACTING

"I was only three weeks old when I made my debut in the TV series Harriet's Back In Town. I think I knew then that's what I wanted to do with my life. I love everything about the work. I loved the Pearl Harbor script."

TAKING RISKS

"I wasn't paid for making Pearl Harbor. The Disney company didn't pay anyone up-front, to keep the investment costs down. I figured the risk was worth a share in the profits."

FAIRIES

"As a child, I used to write to them every Saturday and leave out food and things for them."

ANALYSIS

"When I was anorexic, my family got me into Freudian analysis. It's a heavy and slightly odd thing to do at 15 but it was certainly better than throwing me into a hospital."

ACTING IN FRENCH

"I did a French movie called Marie-Louise and I got to speak French the whole time. I think four people saw it, and I was one of them."

KATE LOATHES: Memories of adjusting to my stepfather (writer/director Roy Battersby) "I did mind him. I felt invaded. At first, I wasn't keen on the boys (his four sons) at all. Two of them were red-haired. I was just a traumatised posh girl. My stepfather was a Trotskyite and he and my mother got married only recently, after being together for 16 years." Childhood fears "I feared being poisoned by the au pairs. My mother actually has a letter that I wrote to the fairies, saying, `Did Ursula put poison in the jam tarts?'" Anorexia "I developed it. Anorexia is a breakdown that happens to be more accessible for teenage girls. The worst thing is it takes on a life of its own, separate from whatever has caused it." On-screen nudity "I've done nudity but it's usually unnecessary. When I'm in an audience, I'm thinking, `Oh, doesn't he have enormous testicles?' I'm not listening to the script anymore. Once I was asked to do something I didn't want to do. I was sobbing and begging the director who was being horrible to me. So I peed in his Thermos flask." Stardom "I haven't gone out to be a star. I find all the stuff that surrounds the business really scary. I'd throw up if I had to present an award." Missing out on humour "If someone had told me years ago that sharing a sense of humour was so vital in partnerships, I would have avoided a lot of sex!" Being typecast in period films "It's sort of assumed that I use a chamber pot and wear bloomers and always have both feet on the floor. I don't have a particular affinity to the 18th Century." Holiday clashes "Michael and I have never had the time for a proper holiday together. One of us is always working."
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jun 10, 2001
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