Kate Beckinsale kicks butt in the snow

Beckinsale talks about Whiteout and what films she would like to do.

Fred Topelby Fred Topel

Kate Beckinsale kicks butt in the snow

Kate Beckinsdale’s latest thriller has her kicking butt in the snow. Whiteout casts her as a U.S. Marshall stationed in Antarctica. When there’s a murder, she fights bad guys in freezing snow with no visibility. She may be all bundled up but she still looks hot.

Crave Online: Is kicking butt in the Antarctic a lot different than vampires vs. werewolves?

Kate Beckinsale: It was a lot colder and a lot more intense, actually. We were all worried we were going to die of hypothermia, every other second. It’s a woman in an extreme situation with extreme weather, being the only girl. I’ve done that a couple times now but it was much more intense, just because of the weather.

Crave Online: Are you going to be doing the fourth Underworld?

Kate Beckinsale: I don’t know anything about a 4th Underworld. I don’t know anything about that, at this point.

Crave Online: What was the most challenging thing for you, about working in the cold?

Kate Beckinsale: I have to say, I try to make out like we shot in the cold for a lot longer than we did, just because it makes us sound a bit more tough. We were so lucky to have such a brilliant crew and fantastic cast. I’ve never been around such nice boys, ever. There’s something about the weather being so extreme. You meet up and you’re absolutely freezing, and then you’re having to tear off your snow pants and everybody looks terrible, and then you’re sweating. There’s something very bonding about that. We all had a really good giggle with each other, all the time. And, the Canadian crew was excellent. If anything, the cold turned out to be a mutual point of contact that everybody complained about. Actors love complaining, and we didn’t have to complain about hardly anything else because the cold was a big deal. It was great.

Crave Online: If you were stationed in Antarctica for months, what are two things you could not go without?

Kate Beckinsale: Could we share a curling iron? I would take my daughter and I would take a bunch of books. I would also want a sat phone.

Crave Online: Your hair is much shorter in the movie and you’ve gone back to your long hair now. What is it about your long hair that you love?

Kate Beckinsale: I still had long hair on the movie. I just had a very good wig on this movie. I don’t really think about my hair that much. I’ve got a daughter and, if I do anything really radically different, she gets upset. I come in the door, and she goes, “Ew, you don’t look like yourself. You look horrible.” And, my husband tends to do that, too. No, I’m joking. I don’t know. I’ve had it for awhile, so it just feels like myself, really.

Crave Online: Are you going to keep the same look then?

Kate Beckinsale: Probably. It’s worked for the last 10 years, so I’m sure I’ll probably keep it.

Crave Online: What did you guys do in Winnipeg, when you weren’t shooting?

Kate Beckinsale: I got a root canal in Winnipeg, which was excellent. It went really well. The dentists are fantastic in Winnipeg. In Winnipeg, in cold weather, they have great things to do inside, with a kid. So, I went to awesome museums and children’s theater places. My daughter was there for the whole thing. There was outside skating that was fantastic. They had this whole froze park outside. That was one of the greatest things I’ve done, ever.

Crave Online: What other types of movies would you like to do?

Kate Beckinsale: I did this movie while I was shooting an independent movie. I’ve done three or four independent movies, and now this. I’d actually love to do some comedy. That’s what I’d really like to do. I’d like to maybe do a character that’s English. I’d like to do something more classical. But, I really enjoy doing lots of different types of things. I hope that continues.

Crave Online: Is Everybody’s Fine a comedy?

Kate Beckinsale: It’s a dramedy.

Crave Online: Do you plan to go back and spend any time in England at all?

Kate Beckinsale: I’ve just actually come back from being in London for five months. I was actually homesick, so my daughter and I went back for five months. My daughter went to school there, for a little bit. I went to see some of my relatives. So, I got it out of my system, for a little while. Five months was a good long time. I haven’t been able to do that. I’ve been working so much, I haven’t really been able to take a minute to do that, since moving here, six or seven years ago. So, because I was taking a break, it was nice to go home for a bit.

Crave Online: Would you like to do a play in London?

Kate Beckinsale: I’m not sure I’m quite ready to do a play yet. I’m more likely to do a play after the next couple of years. But, I’d love to. I’m always open to working in England. It just hasn’t really come up. 
Crave Online: When you work on a film that has special effects and stunts, how do you keep your focus while doing all of that?

Kate Beckinsale: I don’t know. This is what I do, and this is what I really love doing. I love acting and being on a set. I don’t find it very difficult to focus. What we were doing didn’t feel CG heavy. I love when you get to do a movie where so much of it is practical, even though we all complain about the fake snow and the sand and the stuff that gets hurled at you. In this, we weren’t doing an awful lot of reacting to stuff that wasn’t there. I haven’t had a huge amount of experience with that. I would imagine that that is quite difficult. But, when we were being dragged through snow, we were having stuff thrown at us.

Crave Online: What do you think the name Kate Beckinsale means to movie-goers?

Kate Beckinsale: I don’t know. How I feel about it and how it appears are probably quite different because I’m present throughout all my movies, whether they come out or don’t come out, and whether three people see them or lots of people see them. Perception wise, I would imagine that the larger, more action-based movies probably have the edge, just because they’re the ones that are on buses and have big posters. But, my choices have been quite eclectic. I don’t really know what it means. To me, it means that I’ve been allowed to do lots of different things, and I hope I still get to. But I think I’d go mad, if I tried to think too hard about how I was perceived.

Crave Online: Do you make a decision immediately, when you read a script?

Kate Beckinsale: It really depends. Sometimes, you’re lucky enough to get a script where you go, “Oh, my goodness, whatever the circumstances of this are, however small of a movie it is, I definitely want to do it. I would do it, if it was being staged in my backyard.” There are different reasons to do movies. To be able to do the smaller movies, you have to have some sort of presence in the larger movies as well. It’s just an odd thing, when you’re doing your hobby as a career. It’s hard to not be emotional about each thing. But, I think you know if you really don’t want to do a project, when you read a script and hate it.

Crave Online: How do you handle working as a mom?

Kate Beckinsale: She comes with me. She was with us during this. I try to make it as normal a life as I can. I’m a regular working mom, who puts her kid in a bath, which is probably very annoying to Joel [Silver] when I’m like, “I have to go home now. My daughter needs a bath.” I think she’s lucky to be around lots of very nice, creative, sweet people, and have experiences around the world. I don’t leave her behind.

Crave Online: When you read a script like this, how good are you at figuring out the twists?

Kate Beckinsale: I’m usually really quite good at finding that out. I’m a big reader, so I’m always thinking ahead to the end. I usually get it.

Crave Online: Did you get this one?

Kate Beckinsale: I don’t know. It changed a couple of times, so I don’t remember what it was when I first read it.

Crave Online: What’s it like to see yourself turned into an action figure?

Kate Beckinsale: I haven’t been a toy for awhile. My daughter has an action figure of myself and her dad. It’s just weird when I catch her with one in each hand, and I wonder, “What’s going to happen next? How’s that going to go?” I like my one that is a bit more of a Barbie style better. It has less of an angry face than the action figure. That one looked a bit scary.