She used to play more delicate characters in period dramas, like Jane Austen adaptations. But when she received the script for “Underworld,” she was unsure if she could transform into a fearless vampire assassin.
The reason for her doubts? She had never handled a gun, and her running and fighting skills left much to be desired. She had to learn everything from scratch.
The stuntmen were surprised at her initial attempts, and it took some time for her to get the hang of it.
Despite her early reservations, “Underworld” turned out to be a surprise hit when it was released 20 years ago, grossing $95 million worldwide.
Although it didn’t impress critics, it gained a dedicated fanbase, and Kate Beckinsale even received Best Actress nominations from the Saturn Awards and the Teen Choice Awards.
While Beckinsale made a brief appearance in “Awakening,” she returned for the fourth and fifth installments.
As for the possibility of a sixth movie, Beckinsale has remained open to the idea but also expressed some doubts. Len Wiseman, the director, has been working on a TV spin-off, but it hasn’t materialized yet.
So, while the future of the “Underworld” franchise remains uncertain, the legacy of Kate Beckinsale’s transformation from a delicate period drama actress to an action star is undeniable.