- Catherine Ann Bosworth
January 02, 1983 (age 38)
- Actor, Model, Singer
- Michael Polish (m. 2013)
- Harold Bosworth, Patricia Bosworth
Catherine Ann "Kate" Bosworth (born January 2, 1983) is an American actress and model. She made her film debut in The Horse Whisperer (1998) and appeared in Remember the Titans (2000), before landing a lead role as a teenage surfer in the box-office hit Blue Crush (2002). She also had roles in independent films, playing Dawn Schiller in the true crime film Wonderland (2003), and as Sandra Dee in the Bobby Darin biographical drama Beyond the Sea (2004). She also portrayed Lois Lane in Superman Returns (2006), and has had roles in Straw Dogs (2011) and Still Alice (2014).
Bosworth was born on January 2, 1983, in Los Angeles, California. She is the only child of Patricia (née Potter), a homemaker, and Harold Bosworth, a former executive for Talbots. She was born with heterochromia iridum, and has a hazel right eye and a blue left eye. At the age of six, Bosworth's family relocated from San Francisco to various parts of the country due to her father's job. She was raised mainly on the East Coast, spending the rest of her youth in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Bosworth developed an interest in competitive horse racing, and by the age of fourteen, she was a champion equestrian. She graduated from Cohasset High School, in Cohasset, Massachusetts, in 2001.
Bosworth's first film role came after an open casting call in New York for the supporting part of Judith in the 1998 film, The Horse Whisperer. The film's producers needed someone who was already an experienced horse rider, leading to Bosworth's successful audition for the role. The film received positive reception from film critics. In 2000, she starred in the television series drama Young Americans, in which she played Bella Banks. The series, however, was canceled. That same year, she had a small part in the film Remember the Titans. In 2001, Bosworth moved to Los Angeles in hopes of obtaining easier access to auditions and better film parts.
The breakthrough role in Bosworth's career came in the 2002 surfing movie Blue Crush, which she prepared for by working out with two separate trainers seven hours a day for months in order to add fifteen pounds of muscle to her frame. In his review of the film, Rolling Stone's Peter Travers wrote: "Bosworth is a star in the making, but even she can't outshine the surfing footage, which is flat-out spectacular." The film received positive reviews and grossed $40 million at the United States box office. Following the success of Blue Crush, Bosworth took on the lead role in low-budget Wonderland (2003) opposite Val Kilmer. Bosworth played the teenage girlfriend of porn star John Holmes.
In 2004, she played the lead role in romantic comedy Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, opposite Topher Grace. The film was critically and financially unsuccessful. Also in 2004, Bosworth depicted actress Sandra Dee in Beyond the Sea. The movie received mixed reception, and was a box office disappointment, though Bosworth received critical acclaim for her performance. The following year, Bosworth portrayed Chali, a Hare Krishna, in the film adaptation of Myla Goldberg's novel Bee Season (2005), about a dysfunctional Jewish family. She has appeared in several Revlon ads and ranked as number 60 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" list. For two years running, she has placed on the Maxim Hot 100 List – number 38 in 2005 and number 8 in 2006.
Bosworth was cast as reporter Lois Lane in Bryan Singer's superhero film Superman Returns (2006). She starred along with her Beyond the Sea co-star Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor, as well as newcomer Brandon Routh as Superman. The film was a box office success and received mostly positive reviews. Bosworth's performance however, was not well received among critics; Anthony Lane of The New Yorker noted, "The new Lois Lane, Kate Bosworth, is not a patch on Margot Kidder, or, for that matter, on Teri Hatcher, in the TV series." San Francisco Chronicle film critic Mick LaSalle felt that Bosworth, at the age of 22 years, was too young to portray Lois Lane, and the climax did not "match the potential of the tiring 154 minute long film". Although Bosworth's performance was ambivalently received, she herself loved the experience of working on the movie. As she told Teen Vogue in August 2006, "You know how you have an experience, a time in your life when you feel you've come into your own? When you grow up a bit, and think, Now I get it? [...] That's how I feel. I feel a little bit more complete." The movie grossed $52 million during its opening weekend in North America and went on to earn $391 million worldwide.
Bosworth starred as Louise in the psychological drama called The Girl in the Park with Sigourney Weaver, Alessandro Nivola and Keri Russell, written and directed by Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn in his directorial debut. The film premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, it has since been picked up by The Weinstein Company. Alissa Simon of Variety wrote that Bosworth "tries her best, but her character's too extremely drawn." Bosworth also filmed 21, an adaptation of the book Bringing Down the House, in early 2007 in Boston, Massachusetts and Las Vegas, Nevada. This film reunites her with co-star Kevin Spacey and director Robert Luketic. 21 garnered mixed reviews, with Joanne Kaufman of the Wall Street Journal concluding, "Very little adds up in 21."
In 2006, she optioned the film rights to Catherine Hanrahan's novel Lost Girls and Love Hotels and was set to produce the project alongside filmmaker Nadia Connors. As of 2016, the project was at a standstill. In 2010, she starred in the The Warrior's Way, which was shot in New Zealand alongside Korean actor Jang Dong-gun and Geoffrey Rush. The film was one of 2010's biggest box office flops, grossing only slightly more than $11,000,000 worldwide, but costing $42 million. She has said about her roles, "I just don't do comfort zones."
In January 2008, Bosworth was named the new face for Calvin Klein Jeans and will be featured in the Calvin Klein Jeans campaign. She also takes on the role of spokesperson for American luxury bag brand Coach in Asia.
Bosworth was accepted to Princeton University in late 2000, but because of continual deferral of her attendance, her acceptance was later revoked. She is a member of the Appalachia Service Project.
From 2003 until September 2006, Bosworth was in a relationship with English actor Orlando Bloom.
In July 2011, Bosworth and her boyfriend, Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgard, parted ways after two years of dating. In mid-2011, Bosworth began dating American director Michael Polish, whom she had met earlier that year when he directed her in the film Big Sur. Bosworth and Polish announced their engagement in August 2012, and married on August 31, 2013 in Philipsburg, Montana.
Bosworth is a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, as mentioned as part of her appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in January 2015.