Total Recall actress Kate Beckinsale looked amazing in the July/August issue of Women’s Health magazine. The 38-year-old actress and mom talked about how she got in amazing kick-butt shape for her new movie.
"I'd gotten particularly sick of being photographed outside a gym doing a squat with a medicine ball," she said, explaining why she switched from an intense gym workout to yoga-based routines.
In fact, her first gym experience was with Arnold Schwarzenegger's former workout partner! "It was a full-on boys' gym: 'How much can you press? Go harder!' That kind of thing," she told Women's Health. "They use to have a garbage can between the machines so people could throw up into it and then continue working out. That just seems far too gruesome. I didn't want to be in shape that much."
Beckinsale, who is mom to 12-year-old Lily with ex-partner Michael Sheen, said that she and her Total Recall co-star Jessica Biel throw some serious punches onscreen.
"It's not like a naked, porno, mud-wrestling-in-a-bar sort of fight—it's a real fight," she said. "I did find that fighting a woman was very different from when I've fought men. There was a lot of 'I didn't hurt you, did I? Ooh, I'm sorry about that! No, it was my fault!'"
Despite her tough girl demeanor onscreen, she said she had a lot of training to do when she first started filming the 2003 movie Underworld. "I could run if a bear were chasing me, but I ran like a girl with my arms like this [flails arms]. The day they asked me to try a few punches, it was dismal. All I could see was despair in the stunt coordinator's face."
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