DRIVING MISS BECKINSALE
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.