Earlier this month we had the chance to briefly chat with Kate Beckinsale about her roles in Underworld: Awakening (which sees the return of her character, vampire “death dealer,” Selene) and the remake of the 1990 Paul Verhoeven fan favorite Total Recall.

The actress, who also plays Lori in Total Recall (the role that Sharon Stone originated), talked a bit about the pleasure she is taking in playing a character who is a full fledged villain in the remake; and the comfort she finds in revisiting a character she knows as well as Selene in Underworld: Awakening.

Beckinsale also shares a bit about the journey Selene is on in the fourth Underworld film, and quips that her husband (Total Recall director and Underworld franchise creator) Len Wiseman hasn’t “put her in any sweatpants yet” in his films.

As to the plot-line for Underworld: Awakening – the story opens as Selene awakens 15 years in the future after having been kept in a state of cryogenic suspension by a biotech company that all but rules the world she finds herself in, a company that has called for the extinction of all vampires and lycans and thus… a new war begins.

Take a look at our interview and the official synopsis’ for the films below.

Underworld: Awakening Synopsis:

Underworld Awakening brings a stunning new dimension to the epic battle between Vampires and Lycans, as the first film in the franchise to shoot in 3D.

Kate Beckinsale, star of the first two films, returns in her lead role as the vampire warrioress Selene, who escapes imprisonment to find herself in a world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans, and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species.

Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein direct a cast that includes Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy and India Eisley.

Total Recall Synopsis:

As the nation states Euromerica and New Shanghai vie for supremacy, a factory worker (Farrell) begins to suspect that he’s a spy, though he is unaware which side of the fight he’s on.

Len Wiseman directs a cast that includes Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and Bryan Cranston.

Interview: Kate Beckinsale on Underworld: Awakening and Total Recall:

Underworld: Awakening will be in theaters on January 20, 2012.

Total Recall will make its re-entry on August 3rd, 2012.

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