How much is Kate Beckinsale worth?
|Date of Birth:
|July 26, 1973
About Kate Beckinsale
Before she courted the A-list in Pearl Harbor and revealed her shadowy side in Underworld, there was Much Ado About Nothing. Even though she was named the Sexiest Woman Alive by Esquire magazine in 2009, Kate Beckinsale is much more than that. Although she is also a badass vampire vixen in the Underworld series, she is more than that.
She is far more than just the attractive half of a romantic comedy, despite Hollywood’s attempts to cast her in that role for a while, and she is much more than a windswept widow on a beach, despite the disproportionately large portions of Pearl Harbor, which served as her big break, that role.
The fact that we don’t yet fully understand the intelligent, funny, and breathtakingly attractive actress is, in fact, what makes her so alluring (apart from, of course, those three qualities).
Actor parents brought Kathryn Bailey Beckinsale into the world in London. When she was only five years old, her loving comedian father Robert passed away abruptly. She characterized herself as a “furious and passionate child.” She said that the loss had affected her greatly, becoming even more so once she moved home with the family of her mother’s lover. Early in her adolescence, she started to withdraw, and by the age of 15, she was anorexic and barely weighed 70 pounds. After five years of Freudian psychoanalysis and family support, she gradually recovered.
Amazingly, her creativity didn’t suffer at this time. She won two writing contests (one for poetry, one for short fiction), and she continued her parents’ small-screen acting career. Although she was set on a career in acting, she decided to attend New College in Oxford to study French and Russian literature in order to expand her options as an actress.
Much Ado About Kate
It was obvious that there was something unique about her from the moment she stepped onto the screen in 1993’s Much Ado About Nothing. She chose to portray her role, Hero, from strength rather than the stereotypical feminine doormat, despite the fact that her acting abilities had not yet caught up with her. She allegedly later said, “I don’t want to play drippy women”, she reportedly claimed afterwards “because I don’t know any.”
She pushed for a part in 1995’s Cold Comfort Farm with Ian McKellen because she was desperate for more complex and interesting roles. She was in the Hamlet-like Prince of Jutland and a television adaptation of Emma. But despite her best efforts, she found the subpar film roles that were provided to her boring and turned to the stage in search of greater chances. She would receive a different kind of gift from theater when, while acting in The Seagull, she met actor Michael Sheen.
They would remain together until 2003 and conceive a daughter in 1999.
Meanwhile, Beckinsale’s talent and good looks helped her land a few jobs in the United States. She made her American debut in the cautionary tale Brokedown Palace, but in 2001’s Pearl Harbor, directed by Michael Bay, she would get widespread recognition (and the associated popularity). Despite receiving nothing but negative reviews from critics, the movie still made a respectable $100 million.
In 2003’s Underworld, Kate Sheen co-starred, but she fell in love with director Len Wiseman and soon left the former for the latter. This was Kate’s first leading role, and she added an unexpected level of acting to what was intended to be a poor movie. She received some unfavorable tabloid attention for this, but Sheen’s moral character and long acquaintance with the new couple helped the indignation fade pretty fast.
Despite having been an actor for the majority of her life, Kate Beckinsale is still somewhat of a newcomer to Hollywood. She continues to push herself and fight against being labeled in an effort to establish herself as a serious performer. There is a step back for every opportunity she is given (The Aviator, Snow Angels, Nothing But the Truth) (Van Helsing, Click, Vacancy). Even if Kate’s success and talent to date are outstanding, it’s important to remember the younger Kate, who aspired to play the most interesting and challenging roles. What will she do next? It’s still up in the air, like too much of her.
“Oh my God, the next generation. I’m like the grandma vampire!”