Kate Beckinsale was caught this week smoking a cigarette just moments after taking a whiff of a nasal spray. Apparently, Beckinsale is the kind of smoker who lights up even when she has a cold—and that’s usually a bad sign.
Beckinsale recently talked to the Daily Mail about her smoking habit. Apparently, she started puffing when she was 16-years-old and has only quit once, when she was pregnant with her daughter and had to. Here is why Beckinsale believes she can’t quit:
“I’d be insufferable if I didn’t smoke. You’d have to push me off a balcony I’d be so boring.”
This reminds me of a friend who tried to reason to me a few years ago that she couldn’t quit because, “I always meet guys on smoke breaks. It’s the easiest way to strike up a conversation: ‘Can I have a light?’ How will I ever meet anyone if I quit?”
She has now been a non-smoker for close to two years. And her boyfriend, who she totally adores, says he would have been instantly turned off if she were a smoker when they met.
Beckinsale’s statement also oddly reminds me of when Mayor Mike Bloomberg outlawed smoking in bars in New York City circa 2003. I remember an entire room full of smoker friends actually proclaiming, “No one’s going to bars anymore if you can’t have a beer and smoke at the same time.”
Last time I checked—New York bars are still packed.
So I would like to take a minute to tell Kate Beckinsale that she will in no way, shape, or form magically become boring if she quits smoking.
Kate — it’s not the smoke, or even the nicotine, that makes you fascinating. It’s the fact that you call it like it is (remember when she admitted that she sometimes does sucky movies for money?), that you have a killer sense of humor (remember the dildo prank she pulled on her mom?), and that you do inspirational things (remember how she convinced a casting director to give her a part by sending him details notes on the book he was adapting?). Kate, you couldn’t be boring if you tried. This is a totally irrational fear.
I’d like to further encourage Beckinsale to quit smoking by telling her the story of another friend, who recently confided to me, “I thought quitting would be really hard, and it was—for like 72 hours. After that, it was easy. If I’d known how easy it would be, I would have done it a lot sooner.”