The young, All-American, cute, blonde rising star is a hollywood prospect, with several credits in movies like "The Horse Whisperer","The Rules Of Attraction" and "Blue Crush". Born January 2, 1983, in Los Angeles, California, Catherine Ann Bosworth spent most of her childhood traveling throughout the United States, including San Francisco, Connecticut and Massachusetts. An award-winning equestrian, her big break came about in 1998 during a casting call for Robert Redford's The Horse Whisperer. Kate figured that attending an audition would be a great experience, and the fact that the film focused on horses gave her that extra push to go ahead and attend the casting call. With little more than a role in a community theater production of Annie to her credit, Kate was a natural and charmed her way into the supporting role of Judith, the female lead's best friend, but not before leaving the producers with her impromptu headshot -- a picture of Kate from a Christmas family portrait. With the doors of Hollywood open to her at such an early age, Kate was met with the age-old dilemma of school versus career. A member of the National Honor Society, she decided to continue her high-school education, as well as her involvement with community sports. After an 18-month hiatus, she was drawn to Hollywood again in 2000, with back-to-back roles in The Newcomers and Remember The Titans, with Denzel Washington. After landing the role of Bella on the short-lived WB series Young Americans, Bosworth was also a rarity on television, as an actual teen actress portraying a teen. Two years later, it was director John Stockwell's turn to reintroduce us to America's latest sweetheart with the surfing film, Blue Crush. Easily defined as a blend of Charlie's Angels and Beach Blanket Bingo, 2002's Blue Crush featured Bosworth as a chambermaid/aspiring professional surfer. With the female cast sharing a beach house in Oahu for two months, they were forced to undergo a rigorous training regimen, which included seven hours of running, swimming, weight training, and surfing. According to Bosworth, it wasn't easy; "Standing on a surfboard is like trying to stand on soap. You're going to fall."
But Kate met the challenge head-on, and had the cuts and scars to prove it. She even ended up going to the hospital for a CAT scan after a nasty spill left her unconscious. The film's surprise strong opening meant that Kate Bosworth would have a whole new fan base, especially among the MTV crowd. As the poster girl for this "new wave" of girl power, Bosworth was happy to portray a character she could relate to -- a young woman who was strong-willed, determined, independent, and sexy.
In 2002, she also appeared in Roger Avary's The Rules of Attraction. The film explored the darker side of college life, with Kate portraying a strung-out party girl. Leaving her wholesome prep-school image behind, she attracted the attention of director James Cox, who was in the midst of casting his latest film, Wonderland.
Due for a July 2003 release, the film follows the life of legendary adult film star John Holmes and stars Val Kilmer in the lead role. Dyeing her hair brown for the part, Bosworth portrays Dawn Schiller, the real-life teenage lover of the X-rated king. Be on the lookout for Bosworth's next appearance as Rosalie Futch in Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!.
Kate Bosworth: Beyond the Sea
Kate Bosworth continues in her quest to find challenging roles that don't necessarily fit the Hollywood mainstream. Still beautiful and multi-faceted, Bosworth has the unenviable challenge of stepping into the shoes of the misunderstood and fragile and iconic Sandra Dee, who married Bobby Darrin, in Kevin Spacey's ambitious "Beyond the Sea".
Following the film's world premiere at this year's Toronto Film Festival, Paul Fischer sat with Bosworth to talk about her unique career and this equally unique character.
Paul Fischer: Last year you were in a film [Wonderland] that regrettably nobody saw but hopefully that will change with this one. Yet you don't seem to care about finding films that have commercial viability which is unusual in a town where young, beautiful actresses tend to do that. Why do you think you're different?
Kate Bosworth: You know, I don't really have a game plan in terms of me being a huge box office star. That comes I think with timing and luck and whatever it is that creates that formula. For me, it's just about making movies that are interesting or have a certain appeal to me and what I think would be appealing to audiences. I like taking risks, I like doing things that someone else may not do.
Paul: There's no such thing as a Kate Bosworth persona, very interesting. Did you intend to set out to turn down things that were similar to Blue Crush?
Kate: I think, yeah, I think for me it's all about exploring new areas and challenging myself again and again so if it's in the same place as the Crush it doesn't really make sense for me to do it again. It would have to be something completely different.
Paul: How long has it been since that movie, about 3 years, 4 years? You get asked a lot about that film, still.
Kate: I know. It's funny.
Paul: Why, is it annoying though that you're still going to be regarded as the Crush girl?
Kate: No, I was so proud of that film. I worked so hard on that film, you've no idea, so it makes me really happy. I love that young girls were so motivated after that film, that was my favourite thing. I get so many letters and so many Mums come up and say, like, my daughter is so inspired by that film and she, you know, is now doing this or that. It may not even be surfing but it just inspires them to get out and try something new. I don't know, I think with Crush, it started a whole new, no pun intended, wave of culture in a way, you know, there's Hawaii and North Shore
Paul: But what is interesting about that character and the characters you've played since, that a lot of them are very strong women, young, strong young women and even though there's no parallel between that girl and Sandra Dee, they're still interesting characters, aside from whatever genre.
Kate: Yeah, I mean they really are and I've been lucky enough to find a few of them. Again, if there is one, all the young women in my profession are going for it. They're few and far between. I think it's getting better, getting more opportunities for women.
Paul: You are obviously from a generation that's never even heard of Sandra Dee and Bobby Darrin except through Grease I guess, if I remember rightly, so what do you have do to be able to find her in taking on this role?
Kate: I read a lot, I read a book that her son had wrote called Dream Lover and that was the best resource for me, whether it was because she felt more comfortable to be speaking with him, about her life, or that it was her time of life where she felt really urged to pass on everything but it was a great resource and a lot of thought, and it was really about getting into her head.
Paul: She's still alive, so was there ever an attempt to try and get to meet her.
Kate: You know, I didn't because she sort of gave the thumbs up for the film and OK'd the film and then left it alone, which I really entirely understand. I think it would be really strange to have some people recreating your life and a whole film re-telling everything in your life that's quite painful. And I think you either, I mean Dawn, the woman I played in Wonderland, she really was hands-on. She wanted to get back into that world for closure or whatever, or OK, make it, fine, but I just can't go there again.
Paul: How do you, as a young star or actress in the limelight, avoid the kinds of mistakes that made Sandra Dee such a tragedy?
Kate: Well I think, what was sad about her was that it really wasn't her fault. She had a really controlling mother that, from a young age to when she was married and then she was part of Bobby's world and didn't really get to discover herself but I think that would be the number one thing for young actresses. Just, you have to know yourself before you completely indulge yourself in the world of acting because then you get lost.
Paul: How do you survive the limelight because you now are in the limelight more and more now?
Kate: It's all so surreal to me. I don't find any of that real yet so that's probably a huge part of it. Even though you're saying that to me, it's like, really?
Paul: People sort of ask you about, they try asking about who you're dating.
Kate: Right. That's funny. That makes me laugh. It's not like I'm sitting here going, oh right, this is what it's like to be in a couple relationship in Hollywood, it's like, you know, we're so normal, you know what I mean. It's weird. That's always a bit jarring for me because
Paul: The fact that you've actually mentioned that is interesting because even when you were promoting Blue Crush, and I tried to find out if you even had a boyfriend, and you were not really all that well-known, you wouldn't say a thing.
Kate: I know.
Paul: And now that you're in the public eye, you seem to be, not that I'm asking about that, I don't care about that, it's funny that you seem to be less scared of.
Kate: It's just, to be honest, so what am I going to do. I keep the details to myself.
Paul: How do you maintain ... what's normal ... what do you feel is important to you away from this?
Kate: Friends, family, a good sense of self.
Paul: And I think by not doing these big Hollywood movies must also in some ways keep it in perspective.
Kate: For me it's like a race. It's a marathon, it's not a sprint. I know it's an old cliché line but it's true. It's like, I don't need to repeat 21. I really don't. I want to be able to explore different things and feel out different projects and I don't need it so fast, you know. I really don't. I just want to take things in my own time. I've always been like that, even when I was younger.
Paul: What kinds of things are you looking to do at the moment?
Kate: I have a few passion projects of my own at the moment but
Paul: Would you produce now?
Kate: Maybe. Yeah, what's interesting in parts for women is that it's really hard to find them.
Paul: But you have to have to find them.
Kate: Yeah, but they're not easy. I've been really lucky so I think for me it's also now I'm at a point in my life where I want to go out and seek them.
Paul: Last time we spoke, I think that was the Ted Hamilton film, you had wrapped something that was a small thing.
Kate: Bee Season. Yeah, I had just done Bee Season with Juliette Binoche and Richard Gere and Max Minghella - do you know - he's young, he's going to be big, so great. And that was an experience of playing a Hari Krishna devotee.
Paul: I can see that.
Kate: So I'm in a sari and it's a whole different
Paul: Did you have to shave your head?
Kate: No, no, no, nothing like that, but it was exploring a different culture and the film was all about coming into your own spirituality, that was really interesting.
Paul: Have you started anything?
Kate: I'm not, I just signed on for the Revlon campaign with Susan Sarandon. Susan and Julianne Moore and Halle Berry.
Paul: Good company.
Kate: Very good company. Yeah, so we're all going to do the Revlon campaign which has been taking up a lot of my time now.
Paul: Is it a print campaign or a TV campaign?
Kate: We did the print campaign, TV I have to leave directly from here to shoot in New York with all of them this afternoon.
Paul: That's pretty cool.
Kate: That's pretty cool. I'm like, you know you're going to this thing, oh, it's so cool. It really is.
Paul: What do you do with all that money you earn?
Kate: Oh, all of it. The heaps and heaps. Are you kidding me?
Paul: Have you bought a house yet? Is that something you want to do?
Kate: I'd love to have a house, yeah, and not anything outrageous, I'd love to just have my own space.
Paul: What about a little sports car?
Paul: Did you talk about the possibility of directing, having noticed Kevin can direct and act.
Kate: You know what it is, that I realised that I am so far from ready to do that. I mean, Kevin is just so, amazing, every time I look at him, I'm in awe. He's come to a point where he can do just about anything.
Paul: What surprised you about him as a director?
Kate: Well I got the intimacy I think between a director and an actor that you don't necessarily get with actor and actor. You have a certain relationship like that which is great but then you have a relationship with somebody who's really honing an entire project and you're part of it, and they see the big picture rather than being in a scene. It's like, you have got with him but you also have his vision of the entire project and how he wants you to be a part of it. He's great. It's hard to put in words about Kevin Spacey.
Paul: Have you seen the film yet?
Kate: I have.
Paul: How are you surprised at the way you look?
Kate: It was very interesting actually because I'd been distanced from the film for a little while and I was so into that character and that [inaudible] that point in Berlin, not even like in LA or anything. I was just in this bubble there, and when I saw it, nearly a year later, I was just so shocked with how I looked and how I spoke even, it was just really neat.
Orlando and Kate's Love Blooms Again?
Orlando and Kate Bosworth have sparked speculation they are back together
The couple have been spotted kissing over a romantic candlelit dinner just a week after Kate dumped the handsome actor for reportedly spending too much time with his male friends.
An onlooker at the swanky Hollywood Chateaux Marmont restaurant said: "They looked pretty besotted with each other."
Last week, the screen beauty told friends she had become fed-up with Orlando's behaviour.
A source close to the couple, who met on the set of a Gap advert in 2002, was quoted by Britain's Daily Star as saying: "Kate always knew that Orlando liked to chill with his mates, but it just started to get ridiculous."
"With their busy schedules they hardly got to see each other as it was, so when he kept going off with his male friends it was awful."
"She told him that she couldn't see the relationship working unless they made more time for one another."
Kate Bosworth's "Wonderland"
From the time movie audiences saw a ravishing 18-year old Kate Bosworth strut her stuff on a surfboard in last year's Blue Crush, the media began labelling her as Hollywood's latest 'It' girl. A year later and Entertainment Weekly Magazine made it official: In their annual 'It' issue, Bosworth was its number 2 choice. It appears that Kate Bosworth is on her way. Since Blue Crush, the actress turned up in a brief, but memorable stint in the otherwise forgettable Rules of Attraction, but her next role, as porn star John Holmes' adolescent lover Dawn Schiller in the upcoming Wonderland, was already creating buzz even prior to its recent world premiere during last month's Toronto Film Festival. The bleached blonde hair gives away to brunette, exemplifying the film's darker theme. Her riveting and heartfelt performance in the film, has won her respect and rave reviews. To prove her diversity yet again, Bosworth just completed shooting the more mainstream romantic comedy, Win A Date With Tad Hamilton, directed by Australia's Robert Luketic [Legally Blonde] and starring opposite hunky star-on-the-rise Josh Duhamel. The film revolves around a small-town girl who wins a date with an egocentric Hollywood superstar through a contest. But life for both becomes complicated when real love follows suit.
It was on the set of Tad Hamilton, in Los Angeles' trendy W Hotel, where Paul Fischer found Kate. In front of the hotel, a dozen of extras practice walking up and down stairs as some of the beautiful people, exemplified by this city, while Bosworth's small-town girl, Rosalee Futch, has just arrived. A large camera crane is positioned; the assistant director yells 'Action' and the beautiful actress, back to blonde, walks slowly but assuredly up the hotel's stairs, showing up the contrast between elegance and country girl simplicity. Not long after, they're sitting in a hotel room between takes, discussing this movie, and her next project just announced, Beyond the Sea, in which she will play 50s movie icon Sandra Dee opposite Kevin Spacey's Bobby Darin. Paul also caught up with Bosworth during the Toronto Film Festival where she was promoting Wonderland, which opens in select theatres this week.
Question: Dawn Schiller in Wonderland is a very interesting character for you to play. Do you drawn on someone in particular to get into her skin?
Answer: Studying the real Dawn helped I think. I'd never had any scenes like the ones I get to do in this movie, nor have I been as challenged. When she was set, if I was having any trouble I had a resource. But it's really interesting doing an emotional movie, because everything in the body is saying: I don't want to go there, why are you making me go there? So I'd look at her and she'd be watching me which actually made it easier, thinking about what she's been through.
Question: Can you relate to her in any way?
Answer: Not really. I can imagine but I couldn't relate to her.
Question: How did you handle shooting the one major sex scene that you have?
Answer: It was fine, because it was such a comfortable environment from the very beginning, that by the time that scene rolled around towards the end, we were just laughing so hard. Doing it seemed funny.
Question: Val [Kilmer] has often commented on his slight obsession with you---
Answer: Val loves shocking people, because he shocked me in every way. One of his gifts, is that he can have the freedom to do something really outrageous and create a spontaneity that's amazing to see on the screen. I think that's very inspiring.
Question: Is it a release doing Tad Hamilton from doing Wonderland?
Answer: Yes, very much.
Question: Was it hard to escape that character?
Answer: No, not really. Actually it was a welcomed release. I mean, playing her was incredibly interesting, and she was so different from me, that girl, that it was interesting, and psychology is something that I'm interested in. To kind of go into her head space into that really dark place that I don't live in naturally is a fascinating thing, definitely.
Question: Describe the scene from Tad Hamilton that you're shooting at the moment?
Answer: This is when I first arrived in LA for the big date, and I'm walking up the steps to the W' Hotel.
Question: It's kind of a small time girl meeting the Hollywood glamour for the first time?
Question: Does that kind of bring back memories of your own experiences dealing with your first encounter with Hollywood fame?
Answer: Well I was born in LA, and then I moved away. But I think that, honestly, like everyday I step outside my door I get that feeling in LA is just a very, very different place I think.
Question: Is comedy natural to you?
Answer: Well, I haven't ever taken a class in it and this is my only experience, but it's just a lot of fun for me. This character is so positive and light-hearted, and it's really a fun headspace to be in, compared to Wonderland .which was definitely a different role.
Question: What was the contest? I mean, how did she enter it?
Answer: She sees it on the internet, with a couple of her friends, and she kind of freaks out and has to raise $100.00, raises it, enters, and then ends up winning.
Question: What would your ideal date or idol be?
Answer: I would say, well, I think [co-star] Josh Duhamel is a pretty good date.
Question: I mean before, when you were starting out.
Answer: I didn't really have one to be honest with you.
Question: No actor, no posters on the walls?
Answer: No. I was never"
Question: You never were a fan of anybody?
Answer: I was a fan, but I would never, you know, enter a contest to win a date.
Question: Now the last movie Robert Luketic directed, Legally Blonde, starred a particular blonde actress, nice career arc for her. I mean is this the type of movie that could propel you to the next level as well?
Answer: Gosh, well, you never know. That's the weird thing about this business, isn't it? You never know the formula. It would be a nice one I think if it did because it's such a sweet character.
Question: What makes her special? What makes her, I mean, you get the innocent naivety which can be a little disarming, but there has to be something that crosses over.
Answer: Yeah, well I think it's that she's so sweet and charming, but I think the thing that I like most about her is that she kind of finds the good in people and brings out the good in them. I think people like that and that positive energy is attractive.
Question: When I spoke to you for the first time in Hawaii, we talked a little bit about this whole 'It' girl question revolving around you. A year later, we open up Entertainment Weekly and there you are, the second 'It' person. Are you kind of surprised by that label? Has that affected you in any way?
Answer: Kind of, yeah. I mean, it's a really weird thing because it's the kind of image the press or whoever is creating for you, and I don't know, speaking personally, I feel so normal that it's weird to be, if anything you just feel like, what me? You know, you kind of have this weird, sensation.
Question: Are you concerned that if Tad Hamilton is as big as it could be and if you do go to that next level that the whole fame thing can be something that has other problems for you?
Answer: Yeah, to be honest with you it is something that makes me a bit nervous probably because I'm not at that place yet and that I only see it through other people. It's a scary thing, I think, to suddenly be pushed out in the public eye like that.
Question: What was the effect that you had from Blue Crush? What did you see happen to you after that movie, career wise?
Answer: Well it was my first lead in a pretty big production, so I think that if anything, I don't really know how much. I guess I proved to myself that I could do that, you know? I think it's kind of a tall order to be one of the leads in a big movie for the first time and sort of a scary thing.
Question: Did you start to see more career opportunities?
Answer: Yeah a bit, because if, you're one of the leads in a movie, naturally people take you a bit more seriously.
Question: Do you think you need to prove a lot?
Answer: Oh yeah, which is why I'm attracted to so many different types of roles because I constantly want to prove things to myself. Like, Blue Crush was real physical and Wonderland was kind of dark, and Tad Hamilton is a romantic comedy. It's all so different, and I like being challenged.
Question: What head space were you in for the character in Tad Hamilton? I mean, what do you base her on?
Answer: She's great. She's very positive, a bit goofy, kind of spazzy, you know, doesn't mind being in awe of everything, and she doesn't think about being cool. It doesn't even cross her mind. She just kind of reacts as she would and she is very true to herself which is why I like that.
Question: If you couldn't relate to John Holmes' girlfriend in Wonderland, do you like this girl?
Answer: Yeah, absolutely. Well, you know, I'm the first person to trip into a room, and I'm pretty true to myself, at least I try to be.
Question: She's a fish out of water too.
Answer: Yeah, absolutely.
Question: Have you ever felt like a fish out of water?
Answer: Oh yeah. I always feel like a fish out of water in Hollywood, always.
Question: Such as? At parties?
Answer: Yeah, absolutely. Any party I go to, or premiere, I always feel like a fish out of water.
Question: You've been real coy about your private life.
Answer: Yeah, I will keep it that way.
Question: Yet you've now recently photographed with your latest beau [Orlando Bloom]. So how do you deal with that sort of added pressure?
Answer: It's a weird thing. It's sort of the kind of thing that's uncontrollable and that's part of it, but I think my philosophy on that is just I don't feel it, you know. I don't talk about it really.
Question: Do you try to avoid going out to places where there's going to be lots of paparazzi and cameras?
Answer: Well, yeah, I'd say so. I mean, that's not something that I like to do in my free time anyway. So, I'd say so.
Question: So what's a normal life for you then? What does that consist of?
Answer: I'm pretty low key. You know, hang with friends, going to movies, dinners, eating dinners at home and stuff.
Question: Having done kind of a physical action film and drama and romantic comedy, is there a particular genre of film that you want to get into?
Answer: Well, next thing I'm doing is kind of different as well, Beyond the Sea that Kevin Spacey is directing and starring in.
Question: Right you're playing Sandra Dee. How are you getting into the swing of that character?
Answer: Oh gosh, don't ask me quite yet. I have a little bit of time left. I've been doing a bit of research on her, and she's very interesting because she had this golden girl image of the 1950s, and she really has so much baggage, so much just dark things around in her life that no one knew about. So it will be an interesting character to play. I think it spans through a decade. She starts from about 15 to going to 27 maybe.
Question: This is a great project for Spacey who has been trying to tell the story for so long"
Answer: Yeah. I'm really excited. It's really, really neat to talk to somebody with this passion about something that is like a personal passion of getting the story told, and it's very special.
Question: And another real life character too.
Answer: Yeah. Very interesting, it's really interesting to play somebody that exists.
Question: Have you gotten back on a surfboard since Blue Crush?
Answer: Not recently actually because, well I haven't been allowed to for insurance purposes, but not recently I haven't. No.
Question: Do you still have that love? Does that love of surfing still remain with you?
Answer: Yeah, it definitely does, but it's something that like, when something is forced upon you or you're forced to practice something for so many hours of the day, you kind of drop it for a little bit and then pick it back up again later. I think I need a little bit of a break from it even still, but I absolutely love it.
Question: Are you kind of amazed at how all your dreams have already started out wanting to be an actor, how they lean towards fame? Do you really kind of pinch yourself?
Answer: Yeah, I think what I've been most surprised about is how fate sort of worked its way in my life and how each project has come along at a really convenient time. It's something that I'd be specifically looking for like something a bit darker, then Wonderland came along right after that, and now I wanted to do something lighter. I know it's not always going to happen like that, but so far so good.
Kate Bosworth's 'Blue Crush' Interview
Beautiful 19-year old Kate Bosworth laughs when it is suggested that she could be the next ‘it' girl. The press and industry hype on the talented and recent high school graduate is in overdrive, following reaction to her starring role in Blue Crush, a surfing film told from a female teenager point of view. Appropriately enough, we're sitting outside the Marriott Ihilani Hotel, a fair distance from the main tourism centre of Honolulu. It's the perfect location to talk about a movie that may well push this pretty teenager to the brink of stardom. Casually dressed in a simple top and jeans, Bosworth says that she doesn't "see myself in that way." Rather, she insists smilingly, "I just try to do good work. To be an ‘it girl', you come and go." And Kate is determined to hang around, to avoid that ‘come and go' thing, by adopting a few rules for herself. "I would never take a role for the money. I just think that is probably a bad way to go and I just listen to a combination of my heart and my mind."
A keen athlete in real life, the acting bug didn't hit the Boston-raised Kate till late in her teens. She never had a burning desire to act, but saw it as a natural progression from her days as an equestrian, of all things. "I think that my love for horses spurred my love for acting." While her love of acting may have surpassed her passion for horses, she still rides as much as possible. "Riding is sort of my therapy and on a horse is how I let everything go," she laughingly explains. Riding keeps herself grounded amidst the craziness of Hollywood. "There are certain things that I have for myself that allow me to stay true to myself." Besides riding, they include "the friends that I have had since I was one year old, and my parents; they are my anchors." As a result of Blue Crush, fame could come thick and fast to Bosworth, yet she is trying not to think about what impact that could have on her life, and at such a young age. "You do not really have any answers or game plan set out and you sort of just deal with it when it comes along. I have not ever dealt with large scale fame as yet, so I will tell you when I am there how I am dealing with it," she says, laughingly.
Kate's love of horses and growing fascination with acting came together with The Horse Whisperer, Bosworth's first film at age 15. From that time on, she was hooked and became increasingly attracted to acting throughout her later teens. "What attracted me the most about being an actor was that you go through different layers of yourself." Perhaps Kate discovered that acting became a way for her to hide from herself. Actually more the opposite, she says. "It makes you deal with certain issues, whatever they may be on your mind. I think it makes you allow other people to see certain sides of you." In Blue Crush, Bosworth completely manages to envelop the character of Ann Marie, a Hawaiian native in love with surfing, who is both obsessed and terrified of a major competition that remains male-dominated. Shot entirely on location in Hawaii, Bosworth sees Blue Crush as the perfect film for her to realise her ambitions of acting, the perfect film to introduce movie audiences to Hollywood's latest ‘it girl' perhaps? "From the moment I read the script I saw the potential in it and am just really happy with the way it turned out. If I DO become the next ‘it' girl, I really can't think of a better movie that I can break out in, because I got to play a character that's a great role model for young women."
While admittedly unprepared for movie stardom, Bosworth acknowledges that she remains ferociously ambitious. "I will kill myself before I quit a job. I think I am really one of the hardest working people I know. I am very determined and focused on what I need to do." THAT'S precisely why she got the role in Blue Crush, she says, "because of how determined, hard working and focused I was." As hard working as she was, Kate never realised exactly how tough it would be, to immerse herself into the gruelling world of the surfie. "I thought I would pick up my surfboard and it would just be inborn, you know, like oh I have this natural knack for being a pro surfer," she says amidst more hysterical laughter. "I definitely had a reality check. It was the most difficult activity I have ever experienced." Bosworth adds that the singularly most difficult aspect of making this movie was the surfing, no contest there. "It's hard to put into words why surfing is so difficult. It is just that you are trying to capture something that is not supposed to be captured, first of all. And learning how to stand up on a board that is six feet long and you are like sliding down the face of the water on a wave, is really hard."
Yet it was all worth the pain. Bosworth was a complete surfing novice before shooting Blue Crush and now she can surf with the best of them, not to mention the added plus of being that potential role model for young women. After all, there aren't too many Hollywood movies that go head-on into this world of surfing from the point of view of a teenage girl, and being a role model is just fine with THIS actress because "I have a lot of things to say to them." The number one thing she has to say is "that everybody makes mistakes, including role models, so you should just learn and grow from it." Even the best role models, Kate elucidates, "DO screw up and learn from their mistakes, and I think it is just completely unrealistic to say that role models are perfect. Personally, I think perfection is boring, and secondly, I just think that it's okay to make mistakes." Asked what her own biggest flaw is, Bosworth pauses slightly. "I think probably trying to please too many people. Sometimes I get so caught up in making other people happy that I just sort of forget about making MYSELF happy and you obviously need to make yourself happy."
Determined not to allow acting to take over her life, the recent high school graduate will head off to college in 2003, Princeton to be precise, where she hopes to study writing and psychology. "I took a psychology course in high school and it just intrigued me more than any other subject, learning how the mind works or why people do the things they do. It's just very interesting to me." Perhaps there are parallels between psychology and acting. "Acting is a little bit like that. I mean, I'm not a surf girl. My mother has always been there for me 100%. Yet, in Blue Crush I get to play a girl who grew up in Hawaii with no mother and hardly any income, plus I get to explore her brain and why she does the things she did." Bosworth also got to explore her maternal side in Blue Crush, as her character has to play mother and look after her young sister. "It's so funny, but this whole experience has made me so much more maternal. I'm an only child, so I've never even had a brother or sister and obviously, I don't have a child of my own." Now she is more than keen to try out motherhood for real. "There was quite a while, actually, when I was SO not into having kids. I thought there was something wrong with me. I thought, wow, I never want kids. And now I'm so maternal, I don't want them NOW, but I can't wait to have them." As for with whom, Kate laughs, "We have yet to see." Not her current boyfriend, she confirms. Not that she has plans on revealing his identity as hard as one tries to fins out. "I'm sure by the time you write this story it'll all be different anyway. It changes by the day, on again, off again."
In the meantime, it is Kate's acting career that is her focus, and wildly promoting Blue Crush, which she hopes will take her across the country and around the world. "I want to go to Greece and I'm dying to go to Australia and discover the incredible beaches you have there."
As for life after Blue Crush, Bosworth has already signed a two-picture deal with Universal. No wonder this beautiful Bostonian is perpetually smiling.
Kate Bosworth: "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton "
Kate Bosworth is having quite the year, having already won rave reviews for her dramatic role in the edgy Wonderland, when it opened in the US late last year. But unlike that somewhat dark character, the beautiful actress walks into a room all-smiles, as she promotes the very different Win a Tad with Tad Hamilton, a romantic comedy in which she plays Rosalie, a small town girl who wins a date with a movie star, much to the chagrin of the small town man who's in love with her. Hollywood's latest golden girl cheerfully admits that she and Rosalie have much in common. "I'm very close to her," Bosworth, who celebrated her 21st birthday January 2, says smilingly. "I'd say that I took my best qualities, put them all in one character. It was a really great head space to be in for a couple of months." Perhaps another reason for her affinity with her latest screen character is that both spent much of their lives in small towns. In the case of Bosworth that was Darien, Connecticut, which in which the Los Angeles-born Bosworth moved with her family at the age of nine, before taking the role of the tragic youngster in Robert Redford's The Horse Whisperer, which was her film debut. Bosworth also loved the idea of doing a romantic comedy, having shot Wonderland, immediately prior to Tad Hamilton. "A huge part of loving Tad Hamilton, was because I had just come off Wonderland, which was an amazing experience but quite tough to shoot."
Since her breakthrough role in the surfie drama Blue Crush, Bosworth has been touted as Hollywood's latest 'It' sensation, but it's a label she dismisses. For the luminous actress, she is determined to keep herself grounded, with family members close at hand, including Dad, who was just a footstep away during this interview. "I think that your friends and family are a really good meter as a reflection as to how you're acting in life. I'd say that my friends and family are pretty honest with me in a lot of ways and they're incredibly grounded. My dad is standing at the door at the moment," she adds laughingly. "You know, it's just so nice to have that. and just love, I think, in life is really important."
What is also important for Kate is to dispel the Hollywood myth that just because you are young, blonde and gorgeous, you have to play the stereotypical Hollywood game. She is clearly interested in a pure kind of acting career, fully aware that today's It girl is yesterday's news. Not for this girl. "I think that I made a really conscious decision when I started out doing this that I never wanted to be put into a box, or have to work my way out of one. So I was always really conscious of any time I did a role, I'd be the exact opposite and again, it keeps me passionate in loving what I do, interested and growing which I think is so important." Once in love with horses, Bosworth has proven that here in Hollywood, she has stood out from her peers, by taking on projects that continue to stretch her in so many ways. As for then rest of it, the business and celebrity facets, she clearly doesn't give a damn. "I love to act, I really do. It's my passion and I love going to work everyday. But there's a difference between that and between craving the spotlight. That's not what attracts me to this business, doing the red carpet stuff. It's involved and can be really fun but it's not something that I like to do on a night out."
Nor does she discuss her private life, and knows how to politely change the subject. These days, Hollywood may be agog when it comes to Kate and Lord of the Rings' Orlando Bloom. Asked if he had seen Tad Hamilton, Bosworth merely responds, ever so graciously, "Well, I just saw my movie for the first time last night, so I doubt it, but yeah, everything's good."
That includes her career, which continues to go from strength to strength. Following the press junket for Tad Hamilton, Bosworth returns to Germany where she is playing Sandra Dee to Kevin Spacey's Bobby Darrin, in the Spacey-directed Beyond the Sea. "When I got this role, they said, 'Kevin Spacey wants to meet you to play this part!' (And I said), 'Oh god, I can't do that! Don't make me do that!' He was 'it' for me!" The films dispels much of the on-screen Sandra Dee mythology, says Bosworth. "She was in a dysfunctional marriage at16, she and Bobby Darin and had a child at 17. She was so naïve that she didn't even know what the logistics were in giving birth."
As for working with star/director Spacey, Bosworth is full of impassioned praise. "He's amazing, truly experienced and so passionate about this. He's had this project for about 12 years, so every day, he says, we're making my dreams come alive on film. Being a part of that is pretty special."
Bosworth hopes to finally take some time off after Beyond the Sea wraps, and may finally complete her studies at Princeton. "It's my third year of deferring and I feel like I have this conversation every year which is really embarrassing. But I have kind of followed what my gut has told me which I try to do for every decision. And I have two sides of me. One is a work side, acting, and the other side is personal enrichment. And that belongs to that category. I really hope to do that and I think I would regret not doing it. I love to read. It's a major addiction, so I'd love just to go to school and do that".
Bloom And Bosworth Blame Split On Work
Orlando Bloom and Kate Bosworth have blamed their love split on their increasingly heavy work schedules.
The screen stars spent two years together, but reports recently emerged that they had decided to go their separate ways, which their publicist has now confirmed.
Representative Robin Baum tells People magazine, "They did decide to take some time apart due to their upcoming work schedule, and they remain very close. It was a mutual decision."
Baum has declined to elaborate on when the split occurred, or the reasons, but the two were spotted together as recently as January 21 at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont hotel, where Bloom was staying during the Golden Globe Awards.
Both Bosworth, 22, and Bloom, 28, have busy schedules ahead. Bosworth is in talks to play Lois Lane in director Bryan Singer's "Superman," and Bloom appears in Ridley Scott's epic "Kingdom of Heaven," which is due to be released in May.
Bloom Ends Bosworth Romance
Actor Orlando Bloom has ended his three-year romance with actress Kate Bosworth, because they were spending too much time apart, pals claim.
The sexy 28-year-old has been dating Bosworth since they met on the set of a Gap ad in 2002.
But Bloom allegedly separated from Bosworth after their recent holiday to Brazil, because their hectic filming schedules prevented them from having a stable relationship, reports British newspaper the Mail on Sunday.
A close friend explains, "Orlando has said that's it all over between him and Kate and that's he's back in the dating game.
"It seems they were never together for longer than a week before one of them had to jet off to the other side of the world for film commitments.
"Kate's devastated by the split but the truth is Orlando has always been a bit of a ladies' man and thinks he's too young to settle down."