Just A Minute With Kate Beckinsale on "Snow Angels"

Thu Apr 17, 2008 12:48pm EDT
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By Bob Tourtellotte

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Kate Beckinsale has enjoyed a range of movie roles since breaking into British television in the 1990s. She has worked in epics like "Pearl Harbor," and starred in low-budget films such as "Snow Angels."

"Snow Angels," which is now in theaters more than a year after debuting at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, marked a return to dramas for Beckinsale with her role as an abused mother named Annie.

Beckinsale, 34, talked to Reuters about the movie, her career and motherhood.

Q: Why this particular role in a small, independent film after recent parts in bigger, Hollywood movies?

A: "It was tragic and different, but also not melodramatic. David (Gordon Green, the writer/director) is attracted to the ludicrousness of life even in a very heavy situation and that, I think, doesn't come out very often. And Annie's journey is so realistic, yet so intense."

Q: You seem to take a wide variety of roles as opposed to playing the same basic character in different movies.

A: "I tried from the very beginning to mix it up. My big horror would be to be stuck doing one thing. I started out with Shakespeare and British movies, and people thought 'oh she's English and she can't really play an American.' So, I did 'The Last Days of Disco' and 'Brokedown Palace.' Then I did 'Pearl Harbor,' and they were like 'Oh, she plays period. She's very fragile. Can't really imagine her tough.' So I did 'Underworld.' Then, they were like, 'Well, she's very tough.'

And I'm like 'bloody hell.' It can be kind of annoying because you think nobody's memory is very long. At the same time, it kind of keeps you on your toes."   Continued...

<p>Cast member Kate Beckinsale from the movie "Snow Angels" poses in Los Angeles February 27, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>