Beckingsale's motherhood struggles

'I don't understand how more people don't drop children out of windows'
Thursday , 13 March 2008
Beckingsale's motherhood struggles

Actress KATE BECKINSALE struggled with motherhood after her daughter LILY was born in 1999, and is amazed they both survived the experience.

The Underworld star admits she suffers stress and anxiety trying to juggle a young child and a Hollywood career.

She says, "I don't understand how more people don't drop children out of windows.

"I remember turning up on the set of Pearl Harbor and all the boys had been to boot camp and I had a 14-month-old baby, and had been told that I had to be in the gym four hours a day.

"On top of the not sleeping and all this physical activity, the boys kept saying, ‘Wow, it was so tough, you have no idea.' I remember thinking to myself, ‘You went for five days, I haven't slept in 14 months. You want to go toe to toe?'"

Kate was also stunned to discover journalists lead similar lives to the stars they write about, after researching for her new role as a reporter.

The British actress plays a newshound who exposes a CIA informant in Nothing But The Truth, and spent time with real-life Los Angeles Times writers to prepare for the part.

She says, "I went to the LA Times to follow around some to the journalist girls there. I was so sure I would see all the different ways their jobs were so unlike mine. I was more struck by the similarities.

"It's such a vocational profession where you're passionate about your work and you're married to another journalist, or someone who is passionate about journalism. It felt very similar."