When you think of how most mothers comfort their children, thoughts of hugs, kisses, and words of wisdom often come to mind. But Kate Beckinsale isn’t most mothers.
The 42-year old Love & Friendship actress appeared Tuesday night on Conan, revealing to the talk show host that she often sends naked photos of Michael Sheen to her 17-year old daughter, Lily Mo Sheen, when she’s down in the dumps.
“Apparently your daughter, as we know is now 17, likes to occasionally go on the internet and Google ‘Michael Sheen naked'” O’Brien said.
“See you’ve made that sound creepy, and I remember when [Michael] was on [this show] and he said that, he made it sound creepy,” Beckinsale responded. O’Brien added, “Yes, it’s creepy for a daughter to say, ‘I’m going to Google pictures of my father naked.'”
Beckinsale elaborated on the situation, explaining that there’s a still from a play Sheen, her former partner, appeared in several years ago. The photo shows the actor without a stitch of clothing on, standing upright in a bathtub.
“My daughter and I are both from the school where we think a naked man is very funny in the right circumstances, not as a subtle surprise jumping out at you in a dark alley, but it’s a funny thing,” she said. “…sometimes in a low moment she’ll text me that picture or I’ll text it to her… If I sense that she’s feeling low, I think, ‘You know what, she could use Mike in the bath.’ It works very well most times.”
Beckinsale and Sheen were previously in a relationship for eight years. Their daughter, Beckinsale’s only child, was born in 1999. Though the couple separated in 2003, the family recently (hilariously) recreated a photo taken shortly after Lily’s birth, which sees the teenager resting on her mother’s bosom as Sheen smiles overhead.
Watch Beckinsale talk about sending her daughter naked photos of Sheen in the video below.