Kate Beckinsale really likes what exercise does for her body and mind, but she’s the first to admit that it doesn’t always come easy. “I start out absolutely dreading it, do an incredibly punishing workout, bitch about it the whole time, and end up feeling 100 percent better when I leave,” the 43-year-old says. “Working out is basically nature’s antidepressant.”
No surprise, then, that Kate is feeling awfully good these days, considering she has been spending hours in the gym with celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson, who began whipping her into shape before filming the fifth installment of the ￼￼Underworld franchise, Blood Wars, which hits theaters January 6. “I work out hard with Gunnar five or six times a week,” she says. “We have loads in common, like our kids.” (Kate’s daughter, Lily, is 17.) “During our sessions we have long talks about teenagers, and then suddenly one day I find that my ass is in a lot better shape than I thought it was!”
All that quality time with her fitness guru has taught Kate some valuable lessons about making an exercise routine pay off—physically, mentally, and in terms of loving life. Here, her words of workout wisdom.
You have to really challenge yourself. “I do circuit training interspersed with brutal cardio, such as crazy things on a nonmotorized treadmill. That part is torture. But the thing I like about circuit training is that you’re never doing one thing for very long. You get to the point where you almost can’t bear it, and it changes to something else.”
The more you sweat, the better. “I love yoga, and that’s all I used to do. But hardcore workouts have really made a big difference in my life. I have a lot of internal energy, and intense exercise helps me channel that energy. I find balance by doing a workout that makes me pour sweat. I never was that girl before, but I am now.”
Eat the foods that are right for your body: “I was a vegetarian for a really long time because I am incredibly squeamish about meat. But when I was filming Pearl Harbor, I didn’t have enough energy, and the trainer I was working with at the time said ‘You’ve got to start eating chicken and fish.’ So I did, and that helped me. Lily and I eat clean—we have a lot of sautéed vegetables like brussels sprouts and broccoli and chicken and fish. Also, I don’t drink alcohol. I feel [its effects] very quickly, so I’ve never actually had an entire glass of anything alcoholic.”
Exercise in the a.m., even if you’re not a morning person. “I basically wake up, eat breakfast, and then work out. I prefer to get it done in the morning. That said, I don’t naturally get up early. It would be much better for me if the entire world went to bed at 4 a.m. and woke up at noon. But it doesn’t, so I’m usually staggering around first thing.”
Kate Beckinsale has done several interviews for the Underworld: Blood Wars Press Tour, here are 15 videos:
I added scans from the December 23rd Issue of Evening Standard magazine, plus outtakes/textless from the photoshoot that were used before in the OFF Camera magazine.
Kate Beckinsale, who recently received the Best Actress Award for Love & Friendship at the Evening Standard British Film Awards (pictures from the event here) is now the cover of the Evening Standard Magazine. Here’s the cover and the article:
Kate Beckinsale to spend Christmas in LA with her ex-husband Michael Sheen and girlfriend Sarah Silverman
Beckinsale has hired a snow machine and is turning the air-con to chilly to beat the LA heat
Kate Beckinsale has lived in sunny California for years — but when it comes to Christmas, only British weather will do.
The actress says she struggles to feel festive in Los Angeles so on the big day she turns up the air-conditioning and even hires a snow machine.
Beckinsale, 43, reveals her unusual Christmas Day plans, which also include hanging out with her ex Michael Sheen and his girlfriend, in an interview with today’s ES Magazine.
The Chiswick-born actress, who has a 17-year-old daughter, Lily, from her relationship with Welsh actor Sheen, said: “I turn up the air-conditioning and hire a snow machine so we can feel cold and see snow. It’s difficult for a British person to make it feel like Christmas when it’s warm outside.”
Guests over the festive season would include “various waifs and strays and floating Jews, all these Americans wearing Selfridges cracker hats and not really understanding it,” she added.
Beckinsale met Sheen through work in 1995 and the couple had Lily in 1999. They split four years later but remain close — which the actress admitted is confusing for some. “It’s so normal for us,” she said. “We split up ages ago. We have been not together far longer than we were ever together. But I really love him and like him and we make each other roar with laughter.”
Beckinsale, who recently split from director Len Wiseman, said she felt “very lucky” that she gets on with Sheen’s girlfriend, comedian Sarah Silverman. “I really love his girlfriend as well and we are lucky we both get on, and Lily gets on great with her — having as many strong females in your teenage daughter’s life as possible is a good thing,” said Beckinsale.
The star — daughter of the late actor Richard Beckinsale and actress Judy Loe — won best actress at this month’s Evening Standard British Film Awards for her role as Lady Susan in Love & Friendship.
She began her career on stage and is planning her return to the West End, saying she might be spending more time in Britain for work.
Over the past two decades she has opted for movie roles so she could spend more time with her daughter, saying: “My mum did quite a lot of theatre when I was little and I did find that tough.” But now Lily, who is considering a career in acting, “doesn’t give a f*** whether I am in the house or not”.
On whether she had objections to her daughter becoming an actress, Beckinsale said: “That would be like sitting there with a glass of wine and saying you can’t have a drink. I can see why she wants to do it.
“I don’t love the downside of it for my baby. But it’s not like she hasn’t seen her parents having a real experience of what it’s like.”
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