Kate Bosworth is a favorite among street style and red carpet watchers, though she opted for the casual comfort of Ugg shoes and slouchy pants at Thursday night’s dinner for her pal Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Malibu, Calif. There, Bosworth chatted with WWD about her new Seventies-era acting role, her romance with husband Michael Polish and decorating her dream house.
WWD: What hobbies are you into right now?
Kate Bosworth: I just finished my second season of a TV show [the WWII-era drama “SS-GB”]. This is my second week back in L.A. so this is my crash landing back at the home and my husband and I remodeled. It took us about two years. So right now, I’m thinking a lot about interior design. We do everything ourselves; we don’t have an interior designer.
WWD: Where does your inspiration come from?
K.B.: It’s a mid-century home, a 1955 single-story California home. I was born here in 1983. I’ve looked for this place for years. I love minimalism and I love clean good design and when we walked in we knew it would take some time and some rethinking, but there’s potential here. We wanted it to feel like a real extension of California. The colors that we picked are dusty roses. We poured terrazzo in a lot of the house; it’s creams, a little bit of speckled mirror and dove greys. And all the cabinetry is antique. All of the colors are warm and to me they’re very representative of the desert. I didn’t want anything dark. I really wanted it to feel open and a reflection of where we are.
WWD: It sounds romantic.
K.B.: Well, we’re romantic.
WWD: When did you know it was real love?
K.B.: It’s just everyday. I used to have friends that I really look up to; you know how they say you just know when you know? It used to kind of infuriate me because how really do you know? Well, it’s true. All of a sudden there are no questions. It’s not that life isn’t harder, it’s that things aren’t challenging. There isn’t any questioning anymore. There’s a lot of safety and beauty in that. Every relationship I’ve had prior was not a long-lasting one and it was always challenging in ways that were insurmountable. Now everything that’s thrown at us can be hard, but now I know that everything can be tackled together.
WWD: What’s your take on gender roles and initiating romance in the relationship?
K.B.: I love to cook. So it makes me feel good and I know it will make him really happy. To me it’s about two people feeling good. It’s equal. If we’re both working to make each other happy then it’s a really good household. If I feel like I’m constantly the one who’s initiating and providing, then it’s a problem. But if you have a two-way street, then it’s sexy all the time.
WWD: Can you tell me about upcoming projects?
K.B.: I’m doing a movie called “Finding Steve McQueen” with Travis Fimmel and Forest Whitaker. It takes place in the Seventies, about a bunch of guys who realize Nixon’s laundered money was based in a bank and if they stole dirty money no one’s going to come looking. It’s a really neat story. But ultimately, it’s a really neat love story.
WWD: What do you love about your character?
K.B.: Well, I was excited about the era. I’ve never participated in a project set in the Seventies. It’s very character-based, a struggle between two people, everyone can relate to that. A doomed relationship essentially, but you want so badly for it to work out or to have a happy ending. This is not that case. They live each day as though it will be [their last]. Almost like Bonnie and Clyde.