Last Thursday, Whit Stillman’s newest film “Love & Friendship” (a gobsmackingly great Jane Austen rom-com) opened the San Francisco International Film Festival with pizzaz and style. Based upon the little-known Jane Austen novella “Lady Susan,” “Love & Friendship” is a delicious and genteel look at a recently widowed, high-society lady (Kate Beckinsale) who wants her daughter to learn the ins and outs of English aristocratic society. As women in a world that rigidly limits what they can and can’t do, Lady Susan, along with her American best girl friend Alicia Johnson (Chlöe Sevigny, “Boys Don’t Cry”), scheme to get the upper hand on the dullard gentry around them.
With “Love & Friendship,” Beckinsale, best known for her lead roles in the vampire action series “Underworld,” marks her second collaboration with Whit Stillman. (The first was as a Manhattan book editor and disco-goer in Stillman’s best film, “The Last Days of Disco” in 1998.) The Stanford Daily recently sat down with Beckinsale to discuss her work on the film, her experiences as an actor and her path beyond the popular “Underworld” blockbusters. Because of the length of the interview, it will be divided into two halves. This is the first.
The Stanford Daily (TSD): What was your reaction when you found out about the role in Whit’s latest film? Why were you attracted to it?
Kate Beckinsale (KB): I was in Bulgaria filming another movie. And I read the script, and I thought, “Well, this is great, but it can’t really be Jane Austen.” But no: Almost every single word out of my mouth is hers. So Whit did a pretty bang-on [job]. I loved the script and I loved the work we did the last time we worked together. So I knew that he has a particular relish for a sort of diabolical female. It’s wonderful to work with somebody who gets a bang out of that.
Take a look in the gallery for HQ photos of Kate during yesterday’s 17th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival.
Public Appereances > 2016 > April 23 | 17th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival – Honors Reception
The gallery was updated with few HQ images of Kate during 59th San Francisco International Film Festival – Opening Night Premiere Of ‘Love & Friendship’ of couple of days ago! Take a look and enjoy.
Public Appereances > 2016 > April 21 | 59th San Francisco International Film Festival – Opening Night Premiere Of ‘Love & Friendship’
I added to the gallery HQ digital scans of L.A. Confidential magazine which features Kate on the cover of its Late Spring issue. Enjoy!