Kate Beckinsale, who is set to star in the upcoming "Total Recall" remake, donned a bikini on the July cover of Women's Health magazine and revealed that she hasn't always been fit.
"I wasn't particularly athletic," Beckinsale told Women's Health of her childhood. "No one ever thought, 'I must have Kate on my team.'"
As an adult, Beckinsale has worked hard to keep her body in perfect condition for action films which also require fighting scenes and cat suits.
In January, the 38-year-old British actress told OnTheRedCarpet.com that she had a hard time filming her movie "Contraband" in New Orleans, because the delicious food would make getting into her "Underworld" cat suit difficult.
"New Orleans is a wonderful city, but it's not the most fantastic place to get in shape because we want to go try those beignets and all those wonderful things," Beckinsale told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "It's got the worst kind of 'Underworld' suit food, really. So it was a miracle."
"I guess having had a lot of training for the first one, thank goodness, it wasn't quite as extensive as that but there were still a lot of complicated fight scenes to learn and stunts I hadn't done before and just the sheer terror of getting back into that suit, which is a bit like a put your bikini on and stand in Times Square kind of feeling," Beckinsale said of the challenge.
Beckinsale is known for the "Underworld" vampire films, including a fourth installment "Underworld: Awakening," which is due in theaters on Jan. 20, 2012. She has also appeared in films like "Pearl Harbor," "Serendipity," "Click" and "Van Helsing."
Beckinsale will next appear in "Total Recall," which sees Colin Farrell take over Arnold Schwarzenegger's role in the 1990 film, as Doug Quaid, a factory worker who suspects his memories may have been implanted and that he is actually a spy. He then finds himself a wanted man.
In the new film, Farrell teams up with sexy freedom fighter Melinda, played by Jessica Biel. They set off to try and change the political system in their country, which is controlled by a fascist president, portrayed by Bryan Cranston. Kate Beckinsale takes on Sharon Stone's old role as Lori, Quaid's wife, who may not be who she seems.
"Total Recall" is set to be released on August 3. Watch the trailer below.