Kate Beckinsale says blame her for all those vamp/werewolf hybrids

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Dec 15, 2012, 11:18 AM EST

Remember how pitching loads of werewolves against vampires—and having a vamp/werewolf hybrid to boot—really felt original and exciting when the first Underworld film came out in 2003?

You know, BEFORE Twilight, HBO's True Blood or The CW's The Vampire Diaries (especially with their vamp/were hybrid Michael Klaus) all sank their teeth into the whole vamps-vs.-weres thing?

So does the lovely Kate Beckinsale, who has played our favorite latex-wearing and ''death dealer'' vampire heroine, Selene, in what will now soon be three (out of four) Underworld films, with the upcoming release of Underworld: Awakening in a few months.

In an interview with ShockTillYouDrop, the actress talked about Underworld's place in vampire mythologies, how original it was back then, and how she feels it influenced all those vampire/werewolf movies and TV series we now feel we see everywhere:

I think one of the things that I am really proud about Underworld, and obviously Len [Wiseman] is more proud of since it has more to do with, is that in this era we have it is very difficult to get a movie made that isn't a board game, a sequel, or a comic book. Even if it is an obscure comic book, it just seems easier to get that made if it already exists. Underworld really was something that was hatched up on Len's  apartment couch. They definitely worked really hard to create a real sense of history and a mythology that was very personal to this movie. So there wasn't garlic or crucifixes. It was a new take on it and it did appear to precede this sudden massive explosive of vampires. I feel like I am the grandma of vampires now. At the same, there hadn't been vampires and werewolves in the same movie.
We just want to take a moment here and say that yes, it does seem that all Hollywood's been doing recently are remakes/reboots/new-takes-on: books, comic books, TV series, board games, older (or even recent!) movies.

We've to ask: are there any original ideas left in Hollywood anymore? Probably not that many—but we digress.

Then Beckinsale added:

Remember when that was a new concept? [laughs] So that was cool. I don't know if the first Underworld would actually get off the ground now. I do think the marketplace has changed a lot in terms of that. So it was nice to have squeaked in there. The people who really responded to that have been really loyal, quite vocal, and passionate about it. We love that. I think that that what was so great. It was to have done it and go, "Wow. It worked. That is so cool."

Underworld: Awakening is set to be released in 3-D on Jan. 20, 2012. In the meanwhile, you can go check the kick-ass trailer here if you haven't already done so.