Married for 18 months, Kate Bosworth has made her own little family with her director husband, Michael Polish, and their dogs, including the latest addition, a spaniel called Happy. Because of her role in Still Alice, the actress, 32, has a good backup clan, too – co-stars Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart.
“We became a real family unit. Kristen and I became like sisters … and Julianne and Alec these sort of mentors to us. It was very special,” she says.
Kate plays Anna, the eldest daughter of Columbia professor Dr. Alice Howland (Julianne, who won a Golden Globe for her performance) who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease.
How did you prepare for such an emotional role?
There’s not much you can prepare for other than knowing who the character is inherently. She is someone who’s very ambitious; she’s a bit of a mini-me to Julianne’s character at the start of the film. Very A-type, very controlling, and that’s juxtaposed with the news that she gets about her mother’s diagnosis.
What were your impressions of Julianne?
I’ve always looked up to Julie in every way; in her style and her grace, her elegance, and she’s so intelligent and warm. She has such an incredible light and I believe all that comes from within.
You’ve been acting since you were a teenager. Do you feel like a veteran now?
You’re always learning. That’s one of the things I love about the job, that each experience brings new value and new understanding.
Vince Vaughn recently bought your old house in L.A. Did you leave any sticky notes?
[ Laughs] That’s so funny. Yeah, we’ll have to leave cryptic notes!