In the August issue of Allure magazine, on which she graces the cover, gorgeous celebrity mom Kate Beckinsale talks about the idea of her daughter Lily dating and why she’s trying to not say the word vagina.
Of dreading the moment Lily starts dating, Kate said, “I remember Len talking to Bruce Willis when Len did Live Free or Die Hard, and I think Bruce did some terrifying things when his daughter started having a boyfriend. Len and I asked him, ‘When Lily starts having boyfriends, will you come over, too? We’ll all stand on the doorstep, scare the sh*t out of them.’ But maybe now I don’t need Bruce. Now that I’m a villain, I can go solo.”
Dating aside, Kate is trying hard not to embarrass her teenage daughter. She said, “Well, I haven’t done an awful lot of nude scenes. And I’ve been somebody who has had a child for a very long time. Most of my peers don’t have a 13-year-old. And it’s embarrassing. My daughter said to me, ‘You know, I’d really love it if you never said the word “vagina” in an interview again.’ Whoops. I’ve just done it.”
She revealed other embarrassing moments that signal her age, saying, “It’s more of the thing of being embarrassing to somebody. I haven’t been embarrassing before. I can’t dance at a party where there are teenagers without clearing the dance floor. Those are the things that make me go, ‘F–k, I’m old…’ When you’re a parent, everyone leaves.”
I can think of a lot of men who couldn’t be paid enough to leave a dance floor with Kate on it, but it turns out the British beauty didn’t come into her own beauty until she was nearly 30. She said, “Feeling attractive didn’t come until I was 29 and with Len. At the time it was partly perceived as if I’d gone all Hollywood, but it wasn’t like that at all. It was just okay for me to walk around and feel feminine and attractive. I like feeling liberated like this.”
Moms, fess up: What do your kids think is the most embarrassing thing you do?