British actress Kate Beckinsale had a horrible experience playing screen legend Ava Gardner in the new movie THE AVIATOR - she felt like a "fat older woman".

Beckinsale has a supporting role in the biopic, which also features CATE BLANCHETT and LEONARDO DiCAPRIO, and she did not feel particularly glamorous, despite wearing classic outfits.

She says, "There was much less skin on show in the 1950s. (The gowns) give you a powerful, sexy feeling.

"But the women who wore those clothes are in their 70s or 80s now. I was a funny mix of feeling glamorous and feeling like a fat older woman!"

16/12/2004 09:32