With her new movie “Total Recall” set to hit theaters on August 3rd, Kate Beckinsale garnered herself a little added exposure by covering the August 2012 issue of Allure magazine.

The 38-year-old English actress donned an orange Calvin Klein Collection wool tweed dress while showing off her pearly whites for the Norman Jean Roy shot front page.

Meanwhile, highlights from Miss Beckinsale’s interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Allure!

On not feeling attractive until she was a 29-year-old:
“I didn’t feel very attractive as a child, and actually I wasn’t. Feeling attractive didn’t come until I was 29 and with [my husband] Len [Wiseman]. Maybe it has to do with not having had a dad. I’d never experienced a father saying, ‘Oh, you look good.’ If you have a good relationship with your dad, you have a chaperone in your own mind. I love my stepfather, but it’s different with a stepfather. I probably waited until I had that feeling with somebody who was so madly attracted to me that I could sort of relax and aim it at him. And then it kind of exploded, and all of a sudden I was the sexiest woman alive.”

On not getting caught up with having been named ‘Sexiest Woman Alive’:
“I think the risk of being the sexiest woman alive is that you don’t want to ever have sex again. You don’t want to wear a bikini again. You want to wear some nice overalls and a trucker’s hat. Anyway, you’re only that for a year, and then you’re done. You’re old news. I don’t know who it is right now, but it’s not me.”

On husband Len Wiseman:
“He’s a very gentle soul,” Beckinsale says of her husband, director Len Wiseman. “Everybody who’s worked with him is sort of astonished by what a sweetheart he is. He doesn’t yell. And, you know, directors of the kinds of movies he does normally have to yell at somebody just to blow off steam. I find it impressive that someone can have that much responsibility and pressure and never seem to take it out on somebody.”

On avoiding risque material for her daughter’s sake:
“Well, I haven’t done an awful lot of nude scenes. And I’ve been somebody who has had a child for a very long time. Most of my peers don’t have a 13-year-old. And it’s embarrassing. My daughter said to me, ‘You know, I’d really love it if you never said the word “vagina” in an interview again.’ Whoops. I’ve just done it.”