Kate Beckinsale Allure Magazine Cover August 2012

Kate Beckinsale Talks Beauty, Aging, and Her Daughter Lily in Allure

Kate Beckinsale Talks Beauty, Aging, and Her Daughter Lily in Allure

Kate Becksinale makes a glamorous turn on the August cover of Allure, which hits newsstands July 24. The Total Recall actress, who recently spoke about the action film at Comic-Con, shows off the Fall 2012 fashion collections from Prada, Michael Kors, and more in the issue. She also talks about feeling comfortable in her own skin, aging gracefully, and what she's most afraid of when it comes to having a teenage daughter. Here's more from Kate in Allure:

  • On being beautiful: "Feeling attractive didn’t come until I was 29 and with Len. . . . At the time it was partly perceived as if I'd gone all Hollywood, but it wasn’t like that at all. It was just OK for me to walk around and feel feminine and attractive. I like feeling liberated like this."
  • On aging: "What is it about a woman being in her late 30s that brings out the 'Oh, my gosh, are you worried?' questions? Worried? What about? Thirty-eight, 39, 40, 50! Great! Still alive! It's more of the thing of being embarrassing to somebody. I haven’t been embarrassing before. I can't dance at a party where there are teenagers without clearing the dance floor. Those are the things that make me go, 'F*ck, I'm old. . . .' When you're a parent, everyone leaves."
  • On her teenage daughter, Lily: "There are things I don't want my daughter to ever know. I don't want her to know about being betrayed. I remember Len talking to Bruce Willis when Len did Live Free or Die Hard, and I think Bruce did some terrifying things when his daughter started having a boyfriend. Len and I asked him, 'When Lily starts having boyfriends, will you come over too? We'll all stand on the doorstep, scare the sh*t out of them.' But maybe now I don't need Bruce. Now that I'm a villain, I can go solo."

Photos courtesy of Norman Jean Roy for Allure