DRIV­ING MISS BECK­IN­SALE

Los Angeles Times - - PARADE -

Kate Beck­in­sale, 44, moves from ac­tion roles in Un­der­world: Blood Wars and To­tal Re­call to drama in The Only Liv­ing Boy in New York, in theaters Aug. 11. She plays the mis­tress of a mar­ried man (Pierce Bros­nan) whose son (Cal­lum Turner) seeks coun­sel from an ec­cen­tric new neigh­bor (Jeff Bridges) when he finds out about the af­fair. Here are five facts about the Lon­don-born ac­tress. As a teen, she won the WH Smith Young Writ­ers Award for both fiction and poetry. She never worked out un­til she had to get in shape for a bikini scene in Pearl Har­bor (2001). Her hid­den tal­ent is a fake sneeze. To play volup­tuous ac­tress Ava Gard­ner in The Avi­a­tor (2004), she gained 20 pounds. She’s never learned to drive.

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