Kate Beckinsale on babies, Lily's British accent, and interests

03/12/2008 at 11:34 AM ET

Kate_beckinsale_e_030908_32cbbjpgKate Beckinsale believes that despite the hours of intensive parenting you put in, there’s only a small percentage of your child’s personality that is able to be shaped. The 34-year-old actress tells Mean magazine,

Babies show up as themselves. I really do believe you can f–k a personup terribly by being a bad parent, but they arrive kind of 80 percentbaked, and that 20 percent is crucial, but they do show up withpersonality.

As for her 9-year-old daughter Lily Mo, Kate says her tastes are "eclectic."

She’s into ‘Hannah Montana’ — and The Beatles, which I’m happy about. And anything medical she’s kind of interested in. She’s pretty cool. She likes Joan Crawford movies … she’s been around too many gay men!

Click below for more on Lily’s British accent and her initial indignation about it.

Despite the 20% influence Kate thinks she has, she concedes that Lily has picked up quite a bit from her — including her British accent and her feisty disposition.

She really does have the exact same [British]accent I do, which is amazing because she’s been in school in Americanow for four or five years.

The first day she went, she came back furious, and said, ‘Whydoes everyone keep looking at me and why are they telling me I sound like Harry Potterand who is Harry Potter and why are they telling me I sound like aboy?’ And then she figured out it was kind of cool, and she worked it.[laughs]

Lily’s father is actor Michael Sheen.

Source: Regis and Kelly; Mean via Page Six

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Alice_R on

British accents on kids are SO cute!

Natalie on

hahaha Kate’s so awesome as a mom, Lily is a lucky kid!

gabriella on

Wonder if kate wants any babies with her husband. Lily looks just like michael imo.

Nicole on

Lilly is so cute, I hope Kate has a child with Len too.

Lauren on

“‘Why does everyone keep looking at me and why are they telling me I sound like Harry Potter and who is Harry Potter and why are they telling me I sound like a boy?’ And then she figured out it was kind of cool, and she worked it.”

LMAO! That’s hilarious. I love kids with little British accents (see the “Charlie bit me” video on Youtube; that video would not be even close to as funny as it is if the boy wasn’t British!)

Chicki on

I guess that’s why they call it your “maternal” language!🙂 While on that topic, I have often wondered if Madonna’s kids speak American or British English? Or Gwyneth’s kids?

R on

Chicki- Or Madonna’s fake british accent that comes in and out when she’s “Esther”…haha

stephanie on

Chicki- Both Lola and Rocco have American accents, you can hear them talk (a lot!) in Madonna’s I’m Going To Tell You A Secret documentary🙂

Stef on

I remember reading an interview in a British mag with Beckinsale back in 2002 when Lily was just beginning to talk more.

Beckinsale was all upset because working in America on movies had influenced her daughter’s speech. She was indignant that Lily was using “disgusting phrases” like “pants” instead of “trousers.” Well, apparently she’s got nothing to worry about now.

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