During the last few years we are seeing as the career of Kate Beckinsale is taking a little turn, giving way to more dramas and thrillers. His signing in the series ‘Underworld’ made in the image of a dozen projects of court-terrifying and actionleaving her filmography quite flat and lacking in variety. She is fantastic as Selene, but the career of an actress and an actor should be marked by changes and risks.
But let’s back up a bit to its origin. He was born on 26 July 1973 in Chiswick, England, and has the interpretation in their veins. The only daughter of Richard Beckinsale and Judy LoeSu, two actors who worked steadily in theatre and television in English, participating in productions such as ‘Rising Damp’, a sitcom from ITV or ‘Hair’, respectively. After studying at the Godolphin and Latymer School and get involved with the Orange Tree Youth Theatre, the actress studied French literature and Russian at New College, Oxford, which he did simultaneously with his first roles in the cinema.
Kate Beckinsale beyond ‘Underworld’
Perhaps her father and mother were actors in England made the actress be interesting very soon for the world of interpretation, but what is important is that he managed. Got involved with the Orange Tree Youth Theatre in his childhood, and participated in a good handful of productions, as the series ‘Couples’ and the TV Movie ‘Anna Lee: Headcase’, but it was not until 1993 when he touched the dream.
While studying French literature and Russian at New College, Oxford, he received an offer he couldn’t refuse, to work with Kenneth Branagh.
2 ‘Much noise and few nuts’
In 1993 came ‘Much noise and few nuts’, a film directed by Kenneth Branagh, and that was the debut of Kate Beckinsale on the big screen.
An adaptation of the homonymous work of William Shakespeare launched the actress into the world of hollywood, in which he got a good start by linking a good number of productions of the most disparate. In this comedy centered on the love and betrayal, shared the limelight with actors like Emma Thompson, Keanu Reeves, Michael Keaton, Denzel Washington and Branagh, who not only directed and starred in the film, also produced it and adapted.
3 ‘Pearl Harbor’, his first blockbuster
The success came in 2001, with ‘Pearl Harbor’. This american production of a gender war, it was directed by Michael Bay, master of explosions and sequences of terror. We were told the attack on Pearl Harbor during the Second World War, everything from the look of Rafe McCawley and danny Walker, played by Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett respectively. The cast is completed with Alec Baldwin, Jon Voight, Cuba Gooding Jr., Dan Aykroyd, Jaime King and Jennifer Garner.
With the seal Jerry Bruckheimer, the film had a budget of 140 million dollars, getting to more than 440 million worldwide at the box office. One of the productions more sides of the story with several Oscar nominations sonically and nine nominations to the awards Razzies.
Starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale, came to us in 2001, this romantic story, written by Marc Klein and directed by Peter Chelsom.
The story focuses on a casual meeting in the city of New York between Jonathan and Sara. A love story in which the characters will try to find out if it is your destiny to be together, or has only been a coincidence fortuitous. This project has made the actress lived a beginning of golden century, with varied offerings of performing and getting a good circle of fans.
Curious as to say that the film was shot between New York, Ontario and San Francisco, just before the terrorist attacks of September 11. The producer decided to erase digitally the Twin Towers.
5 ‘The aviator’
After his first experience in the series ‘Underworld’, and getting successful enough to produce a sequel, the actress was in a creative moment that couldn’t stop getting job offers. And came to Martin Scorsese.
In 2004 he premiered ‘The aviator’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio and? we narrated the biography of Howard Hughes, a billionaire entrepreneur, engineer, self-taught, aviator, film producer and director. In this production of the Scorsese show us his life from the 1920s up to the 1940s.
Five were the Oscar that was, including Best supporting Actress for Cate Blanchett. The cast is complete with John C. Reilly, Alec Baldwin, Alan Alda, Gwen Stefani, Willem Dafoe and Jude Law.
6 ‘Van Helsing’, again vampires
And in 2004 came with a blockbuster. It seems that to get into the skin of Selene left him wanting to be a huntress of vampires, instead of a vamp, and launched into the adventure of ‘Van Helsing’. Directed by Stephen Sommers, this project puts us in the skin of doctor Abraham van Helsing, in a tale inspired, very inspired, in the fight against Dracula.
Starring Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, David Wenham and Richard Roxburgh. Despite the negative criticism it garnered, the film managed $ 300 million at the box office worldwide.
A movie with Adam Sandler and nominated for an academy award. Yes, there is no lie.
In ‘one Click’ we find a comedy with a large component of science fiction, directed by Frank Coraci. Michael Newman, played by Sandler, is an architect with a life focused on work. Tries, without success, to spend more time with his wife and children, but it is not an easy task. Everything changes with the arrival of a remote control…
The film got a nomination for Best Makeup in the academy awards, plus several nominations in the Choice Award, the Teen, the People and the Kids.
8 ‘Room without an exit’
The terror. Many times the races of the actors usually start out in reverse, first taking part in the different horror movies and then go climbing until you reach the papers more dramatic, but Kate Beckinsale does not. In 2007 came ‘Room without an exit’, directed by Nimród Antal and starring Beckinsale and Luke Wilson.
A married couple, David and Amy, there is nothing like divorce, it might be said that his last days as a couple, but everything changes when, one night, on a trip in the car, this breaks down leaving them stuck in the middle of nowhere. They will have to spend the night in a roadside motel… an idea which is very very bad.
Curious, Sarah Jessica Parker was going to be the main actress of this film before Kate enters in the project.
9 ‘Total Recall’
In 2012, we got a new adaptation of ‘total recall’, based on the short story ‘we Can remember it for you wholesale’, the 1966 Philip K. Dick. On this occasion, and without Arnold Schwarzenegger involved, the director was Len Wiseman and starring Colin Farrell.
We travel to the year 2084, in a land ravaged by chemical warfare. With a population divided between the United Federation of Britain (FUB) and the Colony (Australia), we are facing a dystopia that is devastating. Next to Farrel, we find Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel.
10 Future projects
The actress currently has two projects in the portfolio, one of them is ‘Farming’, in which a young nigerian is sent with a white family to have a happy life. But not everything goes as planned, everything takes a bad turn when the boy becomes one of the leaders of a group of ‘skinheads’.
The film will be directed by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who makes his debut as a director with this project is semi-autobiographical.
And we will also have very soon ‘The Widow’, a series of the brothers Williams for Amazon, which is composed of a first season with eight episodes. We will see Beckinsale will give life to Georgia Wells, a woman whose life changed completely after the death of her husband. At that time you embark on a trip to the Congo to discover the truth of what happened.
During his youth, appeared in various productions as a supernumerary, or extra, and it was not until the arrival of ‘Much noise and few nuts’, Kenneth Branagh, until it became a well-known face and highly coveted by studios hollywood. It all began in 1993but it was not until 2001 when the roles of Beckinsale became more memorable, as ‘Pearl Harbor’.
Different genres for Kate
During the 25 years dedicated to the world of interpretation, we have seen Kate in terror, comedy, action, period, romance… A good handful of productions in which it has gotten in the skin of the vampire Selene, and even in the of Ava Gardner in ‘The aviator’. I think that the time has come to revisit his other work until now.