She played an athletic surfer in her breakthrough film, 2002’s “Blue Crush,” but Kate Bosworth wasn’t a high school sports star in her youth.
“I was a real loner in high school, even though people assume I was the head cheerleader,” the 28-year-old actress told Black Book magazine. “My head was always in books. I felt uncomfortable in cliques. I wasn’t a social butterfly at all.”
Kate, who stars as Amy Sumner in the remake of the 1971 film “Straw Dogs,” said she went from awkward teen to awkward adult, moving to Hollywood at 18, after deferring entry to Princeton.
“Talk about anxiety!” she told the mag. “That was a really stressful time for me. I look back now and think, ‘How did I ever do that?’ I lived there, in a tiny studio apartment, on my own.”
Kate stars alongside former boyfriend Alexander Skarsgard, of “True Blood” fame, in the “Straw Dogs” remake, and the two have a much written about rape scene, which she opened up about filming.
“I told Alex not to worry about me, to just go for it. I said, ‘I need you to lose yourself in this moment,’” she recounted. “And it was actually violent. He’s a huge guy. When he was ripping off my clothes in front of a room filled with men, even though I knew it was make-believe, it was still incredibly violating and terrifying. The panic you see flooding me in that rape scene is real.”
The actress was reportedly interviewed by the magazine before her split with the Swedish actor, which became public in July, and she complimented him on dedication to his craft.
“Alex is so kind and so dedicated and so incredibly professional,” she said. “He’s got this rare, wonderful control and stillness that you notice in a lot of old movie stars. He looks you in the eye. I feel incredibly lucky to have had that type of man on this movie.”
“Straw Dogs” hits theaters on September 16.