Actress Kate Beckinsale studied French and Russian at Oxford and won the W.H. Smith Young Writers' competition twice - once for her short stories and once for her poems. She's also tri-lingual, speaking German, Russian and French fluently.
The new Sexiest Woman Alive is an action hero.
"This whole notion of being named 'Sexiest Woman Alive' is going to earn me quite a beating," Kate told the mag. "You can't have that title with four brothers. I'll get wedgies. Headlocks. Noogies."
Still, she's happy to have the title – and said she'll work to hang onto it.
"I like the idea of it, too," she said. "I do. I'm feeling that I must earn this. I need to go out and become much better at pole dancing or something."
While the beauty has been admired for her looks, like 2008's Sexiest Woman, "X-Men" star Halle Berry, she's shown off her tougher side in films such as the "Underworld" franchise.
"What's dangerous about doing action movies is that I'm used to men on wires. I punch a guy and he flies over a wall," she explained. "So I tend to feel like that's me that did that."
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