Kate Beckinsale plays the role of Lady Susan in the big screen adaptation of Jane Austen’s Love and Friendship. Xavier Samuel plays Reginald DeCourcy, the suitor to Kate Beckinsale’s scheming character, and according to News Australia, Xavier Samuel felt that the hardest part of working with Beckinsale was keeping a straight face.
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Noting that Beckinsale has a great sense of humor and he enjoyed working with her, Xavier Samuel joked about his struggle to keep a straight face when they were in a scene together.
“She’s got a wicked sense of humor and it was a real pleasure to work with her. We did have a lot of fun and I think one of the biggest challenges was just keeping a straight face… usually, someone has to discipline you like a parent but then you laugh even more.”
The director of the film, Whit Stillman, has reunited Beckinsale with Chloe Sevigny, who was her co-star in his 1998 film The Last Days of Disco. The story of the film is based on a series of unfinished letters which were printed as a novella titled Lady Susan, 50 years after Jane Austen died. According to the Herald Sun, Love and Friendship is one of the finest Jane Austen movie adaptations with Kate Beckinsale enhancing the film through her unforgettable portrayal of Lady Susan.
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Kate Beckinsale’s Lady Susan Vernon is a youngish widow who loves the good things in life and has no qualms about getting her hands on them as needed. At the beginning of the film, Beckinsale’s character is on the rebound from a doomed fling with a dashing married man, Lord Mainwaring. As she plots her next move, she takes up residence at Churchill, the country estate of her obliviously supportive brother-in-law Charles and his suspicious wife Catherine.
Kate Beckinsale’s character eventually starts eying Catherine’s naïve younger brother, Sir Reginald. Her character looks at her daughter, Frederica, as insurance should her flirtatious habits fail her, and plans to marry Frederica off to the next eligible bachelor that should come along. Love and Friendship plays heavily on a plot which picks up characters and puts them down at a remarkably fast pace for a period-era film. Kate Beckinsale’s Lady Susan and a wonderful cast of characters carry the narrative.
In other news, and again playing into Kate Beckinsale’s sense of humor, the actress recently took to Instagram to upload a throwback photo of herself and a fellow actor. According to InStyle Magazine, Kate Beckinsale uploaded a photo of herself that makes her and Ryan Reynolds look shockingly alike.
The side-by-side comparison of the two Hollywood stars was later revealed to be a throwback to when she walked by a movie poster for Reynold’s 2011 comedy The Change-Up. Beckinsale captioned the photo joking with the idea that she was looking at a poster of herself. She later said that she has made peace with her uncanny resemblance to Ryan Reynolds and even praised his performance in Deadpool.
According to the Daily Mail, Kate Beckinsale joined her mother and her daughter for a shopping trip in New York.
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The three generations of Beckinsale girls have an age range of 52 years, but that did not stop them from thoroughly enjoying each other’s company. Kate Beckinsale seemed to love the time she spent with her family walking through New York. Reflecting on traveling alone to New York for a role in the 1998 film The Last Days of Disco, she admitted that traveling alone was a fear for her.
“Oh my God, none of my friends are free, my boyfriend’s busy, and my mom can’t come. I have to go to New York and be by myself. I sort of let off into the unknown world of Whit Stillman and disco dancing… and I’m really glad I did.”
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