“You know how they have crushes on Justin Bieber and things like that? She’s got one on you,” the actress told the late-night host of her 18-year-old daughter, who was sitting in the front row of the studio audience.
“It’s a little bit of a tricky situation, because my daughter’s dad is dating Jimmy’s ex-girlfriend— it’s very twisted. It’s a sort of horrible, Human Centipede-y vibe.”
The Disappointments Room actress continued: “Anyway, I think you should be pleased. She’s very attractive,” the Beckinsale told the comedian — but stopped short of giving her blessing[s]. “She’s out of your league! I just want you to know that.”
Kimmel, who has been married to Molly McNearney since 2013, handled the news like a pro.
“I’m sorry! I had nothing to do with this! This is all her! This is your mother! Let’s not ruin the crush thing. I want to keep that going, OK? Thank you very much. I appreciate it. I’m flattered. [Now] we’re both embarrassed.”
The talk show host then flipped the question on The Aviator star — asking about her teenage crushes.
“When you were your daughter’s age, did you have a crush on a middle-aged, out-of-shape, hairy talk show host?” Kimmel enquired.
Beckinsale laughed and gave a surprising answer. “I do think it’s a phase, the not conventionally-attractive man phase. Not that that’s your category! You know what I mean! I didn’t really have a type, so I sort of veered from Adam Ant into Boris Becker, and then that really scary looking one from The Pogues that had no teeth for a minute … Shane MacGowan!”
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