Monday, October 05, 2009

English reserve

Well, now. Um, I’m not sure if I entirely agree that Kate Beckinsale is “The Sexiest Woman Alive.” I mean, she is sexy – of course. But I will say that Kate Beckinsale is the sexiest woman alive to have gone from BBC darling to Michael Bay heroine to vampire warrior to underwear cavorter. Also, why does she look confusingly like Mary-Louise Parker on the cover of “Esquire?”

The magazine’s annual The Sexiest Woman Alive issue is out this month. And following in the scantily-clad footsteps of Halle Berry (2008), Charlize Theron (2007), Scarlett Johansson (2006) and Jessica Biel (2005) is Kate. The magazine teased her appearance atop the sexy heap with these clues:
She is emetophobic.
She is multilingual.
She has been in the same room with Michael Bay at least once.
She hates wearing underwear.
She shares a birthday with three notable actors, two of whom have starred in a film together.
She is not Channing Tatum.

To save you the Googling, “emetophobic” means a fear of vomiting. Almost as random, the Channing Tatum thing. Also, for a gal who apparently hates wearing underwear, Kate sure doesn’t seem to have a problem lounging around in them.

It’s still hard for me to believe that the plucky little 22-year-old English lass who charmed me in “Cold Comfort Farm,” like this:

Turned into the 36-year-old Hollywood siren who struts around on six-inch heels and not that much else for the pages of “Esquire,” like this:

Looking sexier in your 30s than your 20s? You’re doing it right.

14 comments:

elliB said...

I first discovered Kate in Shooting Fish (1997) and while not every movie she has been is has been gold (Pearl Harbor, so bad! Click, meh.) she always pulls me in with her performance (and the fact that she is gorgeous doesn't hurt either!)

Vale said...

She's pretty attractive, but doesn't do a thing for me. Somehow she lacks...that something. I'm sure I'm not being very clear, but it just feels like there could be a dime a dozen of her. Being attractive is pretty unsignificant, doesn't necessarily make you stand out. Kate Beckinsale really doesn't do a thing for me because while she's attractive, there are a lot of attractive girls in the world and she blends in. I'll take a Meryl Streep or a Susan Sarandon over her any day.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm. Maybe that'll happen to me in my 30s...

jadey1138 said...

All you have to say is Kate Beckinsale and I'm on board....oh wow...To be completely honest I'd watch her in anything. Shes absolutely gorgeous, and her accent makes me melt.
She looks alot like my girlfriend too.
*goes off to watch Underworld again*

Norma Desmond said...

Pretty girl... For some reason, I'm not super into her. Weird. Regardless, I always appreciate when women get better with age. It just makes life happier.

Ishmael said...

Sorry. I think this prize belongs to Beyoncé. Much sexier!

Anonymous said...

Kate Beckinsale was my big gay revelation. I was watching Serendipity because my younger self had a big thing for John Cusack, and spent the whole movie lusting after her instead. So I'll always have a bit of a soft spot in my heart for her even though she's no longer my #1 Big Gay Celebrity Crush.

S Rankin said...

Oh, you have no idea.

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TechGirl said...

I, too, have been a fan of Kate Beckinsale since Pearl Harbor. The movie wasn't very good yet her performance was one of better parts. Cold Comfort Farm was a scream and Underworld 1 & 2 were much better. Hell, her outfit was worth the ticket price.

Kate has picked a number of lackluster films to star which has hurt her. Van Helsing is prime example.

Before judging this woman, check out her earlier work. She may not Meryl Streep (there can be only one), still she can act. Either she needs to get a new agent or really determine if the director can do the script justice.

elle said...

OMG! i thought that i was the only person alive...in the whole world...okay, well in my neck of the woods...who even knew about Cold Comfort Farm...yay! long live dark humor! "i'm here to undo the wrong my man did to your daddy"---fabulous!

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Dustin said...

Good post dear. Thanks for sharing. She is just gorgeous and perfect for this picture.


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