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Kate Beckinsale: 'I can be a bit of a hermit'

Kate Beckinsale: 'I can be a bit of a hermit'

Bookish actress Kate Beckinsale would stay at home and read if friends didn't force her to socialise and have fun.

The Underworld star is a regular at red carpet events and Hollywood get togethers, but in a new interview with Los Angeles Confidential, she admits she gets far too comfortable at home when she hasn't got work commitments to attend to.

"Because I was an only child for a long spell, I literally could stay inside with a pile of books for an indefinite period of time - to a dangerous degree, like a hermit," she confessed. "I really could do that. Once I’m out, I usually have a nice time. It’s just the going in which I have to be kind of forced (to do). I’ve got enough people that I like and run into, and then I have fun. I’m actually pretty good at having fun.”

The 42-year-old's love of a good book and the Los Angeles home, where she has lived for 20 years, means she never really has a need to go anywhere, and so she has never learned to drive in California. That's a sad fact that is beginning to bug her.

"It’s so stupid now that my daughter is actually on the verge of getting a license," she wailed. "Like 'Oh my God, I really have been submerged! My child that was in a highchair is about to tear off down the street in a large vehicle. How did that happen?'"

Kate's daughter Lily, from her relationship with actor Michael Sheen, is now 17, and having a grown-up child has given the actress a chance to reassess what she wants to do with her career.

"The big thing is that my daughter is now 17-years-old and couldn’t be paid to spend time with me," she laughed. "That’s a lie, but you know what I mean. It’s a very different situation than having a five-year-old or a 10-year-old. So I’ve sort of come out of that deep-sea dive of motherhood. It is my way of coming up for air and going, 'Oh, I get to have a little bit more latitude for myself in terms of what I want to do!'

It turns out, the actress would like to write, and she's currently adapting a novel she's optioned about a mother and daughter into a screenplay.

"It’s an extremely dark sort of comedy,” she teased.

- Cover Media