Kate Bosworth graced our shores just a few weeks ago, and Bella editor Alison was lucky enough to sit down with the SK-II ambassador to talk beauty essentials, fashion must-haves, and her career. Kate’s effortless style has made her a sartorial icon for heaps of women, and while she’s passionate about clothes she gets just as excited talking about her upcoming film projects, especially if they involve her fiancé, Michael Polish, who directed her in Big Sur. Over a 15-year career Kate’s been a beach babe (Blue Crush), every day checkout chick (Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!) and comic book character (Superman Returns), and now she’s ready to take on grittier roles, such as playing James Franco’s meth-addicted sister in Homefront. Read on for why Kate’s excited about her acting career and what her highlight has been so far.
Who is on your dream co-star and director list?
I always, always want to work with my future husband! It’s the easiest answer. Our household is so creative — he’s a writer/director, so we’ll often have discussions about him saying things like, “I was thinking of writing a female character like this, and I feel it would be interesting for the world to see you like this. It would be surprising.” To be able to have the beautiful, great fortune of being in a relationship with someone you can create with on the work side, as well as nurture a really healthy, beautiful relationship . . . I’ve never been happier because of that aspect of my life.
How has the way you choose movie roles changed from a few years ago? Are you looking for different things now?
To me, right now is the most exciting time for an actress in terms of age. I’ve been doing this since I was 14 so I’ve seen the real teenage roles to the early 20s roles. There’s kind of a ceiling for what you can do. There’s a kind of angst and uncertainty, just at that age in general, that one is going through, so that’s the realm you’re existing in. As you start getting into 29, 30, and all the way through the rest of your life, you’ve earned enrichment from the past experiences of being younger, and having the ups and the downs. The roles become much more dynamic, complex and interesting, and you can really settle into them. I’m excited about this next chapter.
And what is your career highlight?
I’ve concentrated on not playing the same character twice, so in a sense it’s a tougher road to hoe because you’re constantly experimenting in different areas and I think people really like it when you’re in one category — it’s just easier for people to get their head around. I love doing the bigger films, I love doing the grittier, more intimate indies, whether it’s Superman Returns to a movie like Wonderland, or Beyond the Sea, or the film I just did with Michael, which is called Big Sur. Big Sur was a real departure for me because it’s based on [Jack] Kerouac’s book, so all the dialogue in the movie is pretty much as it’s written in the book. Kerouac didn’t really use any grammar, so in a sense you had to find a real rhythm with the dialogue that was unnatural. The challenge is to always connect with the audience, so how do you take something that feels like the ’60s speak, and kind of unnatural, to really connecting emotionally with an audience and transcending that. That was a challenging role, but also one I learned so much on and feel really proud of. I can’t wait for people to see that movie. [Michael] did a beautiful job.