Kate Beckinsale says Uma Thurman is her fairy godmother after she let the actress stay in her cockroach-infested home while she was on her feet in Hollywood.
The 48-year-old actress believes the Kill Bill star gave her the opportunity to start her acting career after she offered her unused home to Kate, her then partner Michael Sheen, and their little daughter, now 22. – old Lily – to live when they first moved to America.
Kate joked that the house is crawling with “lots of cockroaches” and is “falling apart,” but gave the actress a place to stop while she got to her feet and made a name for herself.
She said: “We went out there and Michael had not yet had time to find us somewhere to live, and so Uma Thurman … casually … said, ‘Well, I have a brown stone that I don’t use.” So I kind of said, “Oh, good!”
“There were a lot of cockroaches, but it was incredibly grand, falling apart … in the West Village. I think James Gandolfini bought it when we were still living there.
“But we were just these whores from England who didn’t get it.
“There was a lot of wildlife in it. It was kind of a falling apart situation but it was so sweet of her and it really saved us and sometimes she would come and visit and it felt like the queen had arrived. She is just incredible because she has everything furnished. She’s like a fairy godmother, a royal family, she’s amazing. “
Kate met Uma when they were filming the historical drama Golden Bowl in 1999, and she moved to New York with Michael just months after the birth of their daughter, when he landed a Broadway role in Amadeus.
And the ‘Jolt’ star admitted the move was risky as she said she was worried about traveling the world with a young child.
She added to the Sunday Mirror newspaper: “[It was] as if against my will, because I just had a baby and thought: “Do I want to move to New York? In fact, I don’t know anyone … you will be alone with the baby. “
Kate and Michael eventually split up in 2003 after eight years together, but have remained close friends ever since.
Earlier this month, she said, “I’ve known him since I was 21. I love him very much. I especially think that if you have kids with someone, you try to focus on all the good things.
“Plus, when you’re no longer in a relationship with someone, 90 percent of the things that are so annoying and confusing are not, because you don’t have to live with them.
“It doesn’t seem like a big deal, but once you get out of marriage, you never know that you are saying, ‘I don’t mind,’ and doing what you like is awesome. I highly recommend it.”