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Kate Beckinsale has recently opened up about being an aging woman in Hollywood and about motherhood.
The 38-year-old actress said that she only began feeling confident about her looks well into her twenties, and around the time when she met her husband, Len Wiseman.
"Feeling attractive didn't come until I was 29 and with Len," she revealed to Allure magazine. "I probably waited until I had that feeling with somebody who was so madly attracted to me that I could sort of relax and aim it at him. And then it kind of exploded, and all of a sudden I was the sexiest women alive."
In 2009, the "Total Recall" actress was named as Esquire magazine's "Sexiest Woman Alive."
"At the time it was partly perceived as if I'd gone all Hollywood, but it wasn't like that at all," continued Beckinsale. "It was just OK for me to walk around and feel feminine and attractive. I like feeling liberated like this."
Of being voted "Sexiest" three years ago, the London native appeared very humble.
"You're only that for a year," she told Allure magazine. "And then you're done. You're old news. I don't know who it is right now, but it's not me."
Although the actress is comfortable with aging, Beckinsale admitted that her teenage daughter sometimes sheds a new light on being "old."
"I haven't been embarrassing [to somebody] before," said the "Serendipity" star.
Beckinsale shared 13-year-old Lily with her ex-boyfriend, actor Michael Sheen.
"I can't dance at a party where there are teenagers without [them] clearing the dance floor," the actress continued. "Those are the things that make me go, 'F---, I'm old.' You're a parent [and] everyone leaves."
The actress even made jokes about getting older, and revealed a positive outlook on reaching later ages.
"What is it about a woman being in her late 30s that brings out the 'Oh my gosh, are you worried?' questions," Beckinsale mused. "Worried? What about? 38, 39, 40, 50! Great! Still alive!"