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The following year, Beckinsale, in addition to giving birth to a daughter (fathered by Michael Sheen), starred in her first big-budget film "Brokedown Palace." She became a true Hollywood star after she was cast opposite Ben Affleck in "Pearl Harbor." She co-starred with John Cusack in the hit romantic comedy "Serendipity." But soon after, Beckinsale went back to independents with a key, but supporting role in Lisa Cholendenko's "Laurel Canyon" as a PhD candidate who gets seduced by rock n roll producer Franced McDorman and her young lover Allesandro Nivola.
Beckinsale portrayed Ava Garndner in Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator" co-starring with Leonardo Di Caprio and Cate Blanchett. She is currently best known for her erotic portrayal of Selene, an aristrocratic, leather clad vampire in Les Wiseman's "Underworld." The film was a major hit; the sequel "Underworld" Evolution" opened in the number one spot.
Beckisnale will next be seen in "Click," starring opposite Adam Sandler.