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All about Kate Bosworth

How designer-muse and silver screen star Kate Bosworth juggles a Hollywood career with laid-back life on a Montana ranch

Louisa Wilkins
14 Jun 2016 | 01:53 pm
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Whether she is found front row at fashion week, gliding down a red carpet, relaxed around her horses at her ranch home or with her husband and step-daughter, there is an effortlessness that Kate Bosworth radiates. The Los Angeles-native has been acting since she was 14, but became a household name thanks to her role in 2002 surfer hit, Blue Crush. Now aged 33, she has enjoyed an impressive movie and television career in the past few years, with roles in dramas Heist and Before I Wake, and TV series The Art of More and SS-GB. But she has also left the bight lights of Hollywood behind, choosing rural life in Montana, instead. Read on to see what Kate did next…

‘You know when you know’

A consequence of finding fame in her teens and early 20s, is the fact that Kate’s love life has been well documented in tabloids throughout the years. The Superman Returns star has had a number of high-profile romances with A-list men, including Ian Somerhalder, Orlando Bloom and Alexander Skarsgard, as well as a rumoured fling with Chris Martin, who was married to Gwyneth Paltrow at the time.

However, the actress is now happily married to director, Michael Polish, whom she met on the set of her 2011 movie, Big Sur.

“I had a sense that he would be one of the most important players in my life. He innately understood how I worked – he was the type of director I’d been waiting to meet,” she said of her early relationship with the 45-year-old. “A couple of months later, we started dating and, from then on, I just couldn’t imagine being with anyone else. It hasn’t diminished at all, we love living and working together.”

“I feel more confident with him. Outside of being his wife, I’ve been a fan of his work – long before I knew him. I’m confident he won’t let me fall,” she adds.

That’s not the only time she’s gushed about her husband. “It hit me at about a million miles an hour – I almost fell off my chair. They always say, ‘you know when you know’, and I had found that quite frustrating my whole life,” she revealed of the beginning of their romance. “I thought, yeah, but how do you really know? But it’s true, he walked in and it hit me like nothing I’d ever felt before.”

And what about family plans? “I think we’re a few years away yet,” she told Marie Claire UK. “We have a few more film babies we want to create first.”

But she is stepmother to Polish’s daughter, Jasper, who she is very close to, but speaks of frankly, saying, “If you had said to me at 25 that in just a couple of years I was going to be a stepmother, I never would have guessed. But because he was the right match for me – and so was Jasper – it felt totally effortless.”

A career based on ‘instinct’

Despite the effortlessness, there is an undeniable determination in Kate, who is often referred to as the all-American girl. Since her big break in 2002, she has enjoyed a steady career, with starring roles as the sweet-natured main character in chick flicks, such as Win a Date with Tad Hamilton. But, more recently, he has upped her drama credentials, with a role in the Oscar-nominated Still Alice, thriller Before I Wake, and crime drama Heist opposite Robert De Niro.

“For me it’s been about the choices in my career. And they haven’t been strategised so much. I’ve just listened to an instinctual desire,” she reveals of her measured professional decisions. “I wanted Blue Crush more than any person on the planet. For real, I really did. I wanted that role so bad. My work is something that I feel that type of deep desire for,” she says of her break-out role.

“I was a [horseback show] jumper, so I likened surfing to horse riding only because I’d never surfed before and I had promised [producer] Brian Grazer and [director] John Stockwell that I would know how to surf by the time the cameras were rolling. It was a tall order,” the former junior horse riding champion has said of her preparation for the role. “But the balance and the kind of [muscle] sensitivity, the horse riding and jumping and coordination that takes – I thought if I can do that, I should be able to surf. Surfing’s harder [but] I felt like if I can ride a horse, I can take on a wave.”

While Blue Crush got her noticed by the masses, her first starring role was opposite Scarlett Johansson and Robert Redford in 1998’s The Horse Whisperer.

“I was 14 and that was my first experience of acting. I was fortunate that I was able to have my career collide into me via my love of horses. As soon as I was on set, I knew that I loved acting just as much and I have been able to work ever since. At 14, I didn’t really think of it as a career – it was just an amazing opportunity,” she says of the breakout role. “Robert Redford directed and he is such a kind man.
I really didn’t know what I was doing. I knew how to ride but I didn’t know how to act and it was the first time I’d had to memorise dialogue.”

Life away from Hollywood

She’s not your typical Hollywood girl. Despite being born in LA, she says, “I grew up in a small town where everyone wanted to be the same or look the same and was afraid to be different.” Adding of a common misconception, “I was a real loner in high school, even though people assume I was the head cheerleader.”

And this is reflected in her down-to-earth nature. At the end of last year she was asked what she was most looking forward to for 2016, and she answered, “I’m working on a pretty extensive remodel on my home, so I would just like to be living in it happily with my husband and my dogs.” And shortly after her 2013 wedding, along with husband Michael, she upped sticks and moved from Los Angeles to Montata – “one of the last untamed territories in America,” according to Kate.“We’ll have grizzlies roaming around,” she told ABC television network. “We’re on a lake, so we can just go ice-skating. It’s beautiful, so as we start a family we can really create a special place there together.”

It’s no secret why they chose their current residence – there are great memories here for both of them, as Montana was where Michael grew up, and the couple also got married in the state.

“We got married on a Saturday and everyone arrived on the Thursday before,” she recalls of their laid-back, four-day Rock Creek wedding. “If I could do it again I would – it was so much fun. We took over the whole place and you could fly-fish, horse-ride, camp out in tents and cabins. We didn’t stop smiling. In all of our wedding pictures, Mike and I had 100-watt smiles on our faces!”

Inspiring red carpet envy

Kate is known as one of the most stylish people in Hollywood. The Dolce and Gabbana muse is rated among the best dressed women in Tinseltown on a weekly or monthly basis, rarely hitting a fashion miss.

“Kate is great at branching out when it’s the right look and the right time,” her stylist Kris Zero says. “With street style or basics, we try everything. The process is so fun and sometimes really funny!”

And Dolce and Gabanna are just as complimentary of the actress they so often dress. “Kate Bosworth is certainly the sort of girl who inspires much red carpet envy,” the fashion house says of her on their website. Adding of her look for the 2015 Golden Globes, “Her ephemeral frame complemented by the sparkling fabric, and her natural elegance underlined by a neutral pink lip, glowing skin and light-reflecting eye makeup, while her blonde locks were pulled back in a tight bun to further highlight her perfect features.”

Kate’s diaries

Ruling the red carpet


Kate is known for being one of the most glamorous actresses in Hollywood and hasn’t had a red carpet fail yet.

Acting serious


At just 33, Kate has had an impressive number of movie hits, including Still Alice, 90 Minutes in Heaven and Before I Wake.

On-set socialite


Not scared of being upstaged, Kate surrounds herself with other top talents in Hollywood. She met her husband, director Michael Polish, on the set of Big Sur, and befriended co-stars on set too, such as Rachel Bilson and Krysten Ritter.

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