Kate Beckinsale covers Glamour UK Magazine August 2012 in which she says she’d rather look like she does, a well-tended woman approaching 39-years-old this month, rather than another victim of plastic surgery that wouldn’t look natural. She also addresses pressure to lose postpartum weight (which has also been derided by Alyson Hannigan and Jenna Fischer).
On how losing her dad at an early age has helped her views on growing older: ”I love ‘pretty’ as much as anybody, but if that’s all there is as a culture, we’re screwed. I think you have to be as objective about that as possible and say, ‘There is nothing that serves my soul in wondering how crow’s feet are going to affect my life.’ It’s something to be resisted. Ageing is going to happen and it should. My father died [when he was] 31, so to me ageing is extremely preferable to the alternative, which is not ageing. Every year I get past 31, I think, ‘Thank God.’ It’s a gift to be able to go, ‘I look different, that means I’m not dead!’”
On her thoughts on having another child: “There’s absolutely part of me that goes, ‘I’d love to have a baby in the relationship I’m in, and have that experience when the relationship’s really good and exclusive,’ but I’m just not sure. At some point the decision will be made for me, when my ovaries dry up and die. We’ll see. There’s nothing that makes me go, ‘And now I must have triplets!’”
On plastic surgery: “I feel like beauty is a gift that you have for a while, and you enjoy the hell out of it while you have it. And if you’re lucky enough to have a daughter and you give it to her, you enjoy the fact she has it. My mother was always very, very beautiful; she still is, in her sixties. I’m sure she feels, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if my neck did this?’ but not to the degree of cutting parts of herself off and dragging them behind her ears. I feel very similar. I much prefer how my mother looks to the people I see here [in Los Angeles] with wind-tunnel face.’
On the worsening pressure to lose postpartum weight: “There’s an obsessional hatred of normal human processes. Pregnancy changes and woman’s body and should. It isn’t normal to not look like you’ve had a baby immediately after you’ve had a baby. I was gigantic after I had Lily [in 1999] I put on a good 3 ½ stone (49 pounds) and it didn’t go ‘til I stopped breast feeding… I was lucky that Britain wasn’t so paparazzi-orientated [then]. I was allowed to get on with it and enjoy my baby and figure out what being a mother was all about instead of worrying about [fitting into] my f**king jeans.” - via Glamour UK Magazine.