Would Kate Beckinsale Keep National Security Info Secret?

By Nicholas Ballasy | December 9, 2008 | 5:38 PM EST

(CNSNews.com) - The upcoming film “Nothing But the Truth,” starring Kate Beckinsale, is similar in some ways to the story about New York Times reporter Judith Miller, who went to jail for contempt in the Valerie Plame-CIA scandal.
But the stories are not the same, said Beckinsale, who also told CNSNews.com that she is not sure whether she personally would retain or publish a national security secret if she were a journalist.
“I don’t know,” Beckinsale, who plays reporter Rachel Armstrong in the movie, told CNSNews.com. “It’s hard for me to say, because I am not a journalist. I played one, and I became very passionate as that character, so I don’t know.”

“I’m not in that position,” she said. “I don’t know if my character would necessarily have thought she would go that far until she was in the circumstances.”

In a Nov. 28 interview with Film Monthly.com, Beckinsale said: “I’d been aware of the Judy Miller, Valerie Plame case, but (writer and director) Rod (Lurie) took great pains very early on to say that it’s not that story. … He was excellent. I guess him being aware of the story inspired him to write this, but it isn’t a character that’s based on Judy Miller at all.”

To prepare for her role in “Nothing But the Truth,” Beckinsale shadowed journalists at The Los Angeles Times and spent time in a women’s prison.

“I read an awful lot of books,” she said. “I watched a lot of movies. I went and hung out at a newspaper for a while and followed around some journalists from that, and we were lucky enough to shoot in a lot of the locations that, you know, were the real locations. So I spent about four or five weeks in a functioning prison as well.”

Beckinsale said there are some similarities between her and the fictional Rachel Armstrong.

“I mean we’re both working mothers,” said Beckinsale. “I like to think that I’m principled, yes. We look reasonably similar, I suppose.”

In the film, Rachel Armstrong goes to jail for protecting her source.

Kate Beckinsale, born in Finsbury Park, London, is most well-known for her roles in “Pearl Harbor” (2001), “Underworld” (2003), directed by her husband Len Wiseman, and Martin Scorsese’s “Aviator” (2005). She also appeared in the comedy “Click” (2006) with Adam Sandler.
“Nothing But the Truth” opens in theaters Dec. 19. Beckinsale spoke with CNSNews.com at an event sponsored by Capitol File Magazine Dec. 4 at the Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center in Washington, D.C.