A REAL ANGEL

Spent a bit of Wednesday at a hotel across from the Beverly Center called the Sofitel, the first time I’ve ever been to a press day there (and given the quality of their brownies, I hope it won’t be the last!). I was there to attend the roundtable interviews for a new film from Warner Independent Pictures called “Snow Angels.” The movie was a serious look at how an estranged couple’s personal problems spin out of control in a small town setting, featuring standout performances from Sam Rockwell and Kate Beckinsale. And while we got to interview the young up and coming actors Michael Angarano and Olivia Thirlby, director David Gordon Green, and Stewart O’Nan, the the novelist who wrote the book the film is based on, the real draw was the chance to talk to Kate.

Although she is one of the most beautiful actresses working today, Kate seems very down to earth. Strangely, she grew up thinking of herself as overweight, a problem I hope she’s left behind these days. Another funny tidbit about her life is that she has never learned to drive. Living here in L.A., she may be the only one…

Kate insists she has never had a plan when it comes to her career. She explained that she started out playing fragile women in her early British films and only recently took on a mantle of toughness thanks to her work in “Underworld.” Like many actors I’ve interviewed, she says she just tries to take parts that scare her.

And speaking of being scared, Kate says she loves having a fanbase of teen boys thanks to her sci-fi work. She says they’re no bother at all, as they tend to be too scared to talk to her. They just mumble something and run away. Fortunately, I didn’t have that problem during the interview…

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