No-so-ideal Kate

KATE BECKINSALE says what is considered the ideal look in Hollywood is completely different than anywhere else in the world. 'I don't think you can aspire to it, nor can I,' she tells Glamour magazine in its May issue. 'Everybody is retouched, stretched, lengthened...

kateslimmed and trimmed. I could look at a picture of myself from the past and think, Why don't I look like that now?' It's because I never have!"

When the 33-year-old British actress was asked if there is anything about living in Los Angeles that she will never get used to, she replied: "This is what's sick about living in L.A. My 8-year-old daughter (Lily) will point to a woman and say, Look! That woman's had too much Botox.' She spots them because they all look a bit like Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter.'"

Although Beckinsale gained 20 pounds to play Ava Gardner in The Aviator, she says pregnancy is the most drastic change her body has gone through.

"When I was pregnant, everyone told me, You're going to be one of those women with a little football in front.' And then this ... thing, this Scooby-Doo monster belly arrived. I gained 65 pounds. Every single part of my body was thicker - even my scalp! But that's the advantage of being young - it went right back."

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