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Wednesday 21 November 2018

On the cover: Kate Bosworth

Kate Bosworth - breaking away from her conventional American middle-class background has always been a driving force for her.
Kate Bosworth - breaking away from her conventional American middle-class background has always been a driving force for her.

Ms Bosworth breaks all the rules.

Like Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna , Superman star Kate Bosworth has been slammed for acquiring a British accent after spending time over the other side of the Atlantic.

Yet anyone who has studied Kate's rise to stardom will see that breaking away from her conventional American middle-class background has always been a driving force for the star.

Doll-like Kate, 25, who starred in Blue Crush and The Rules of Attraction, was reared as the archetypal American suburban princess, spending her youth in the picturesque and well-heeled town of Darien in Connecticut.

Amidst the white picket fences, she was groomed for a career as a competitive horse rider and, by the age of 14, was a champion equestrian.

Then Bosworth got a place at Princeton University, the bastion of upper middle-class intelligence, and her life path seemed certain. However, due to continual deferral of her attendance the offer was later revoked.

Instead, by going to New York and pursing a film career, Kate succeeded in breaking free from her seemingly inevitable destiny of pearls, cupcakes and PTA meetings.

Kate's first film role resulted from an open casting call in New York for the supporting part of Judith in the 1998 film, The Horse Whisperer. The film's producers needed someone who was already an experienced horse rider, making Kate perfect.

Her first major role was in 2002's surfing movie Blue Crush, which catapulted her from teen star to Hollywood actress. As a result, between 2002 and 2005, Kate appeared in a number of high-profile roles, including those of actress Sandra Dee in Beyond the Sea and Chali, a Hare Krishna devotee, in a film adaptation of Myla Goldberg's novel Bee Season.

Kate has also been unconventional on the romance front. She said she first knew her British model boyfriend, James Rousseau, was the man for her when he thought she was Kate Hudson.

She has said: "He had no idea who I was. He said, 'You're an actress? You're not Kate Hudson, are you?' For a little while there he called me Miss Hudson as a joke."

In January Kate was named the new face for Calvin Klein Jeans and is also spokesperson for American luxury bag brand Coach in Asia. She was ranked number 60 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World" list in 2005. For two years running, she was on the Maxim "Hot 100 List", at number 38 in 2005 and number eight in 2006.

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