It seems like it's a perpetually "cruel summer" for Kate Bosworth. The actress, who sprung to fame in the early aughts as badass surfer girl Anne Marie Chadwick in the seminal drama Blue Crush, still has a special place in her heart for the film—so much so that she regularly visits the idyllic beaches of Oahu, the Hawaiian island where it was shot, and meets with locals who worked with her on the project. "[Oahu] is very dear to me because it's where it all began," she told InStyle at Montblanc's 110th anniversary gala dinner at the Rainbow Room in N.Y.C. "The people there are my family."
Bosworth, fresh off a plane from the nostalgic spot, where she enjoyed a romantic getaway with husband Michael Polish, is constantly impressed that the movie still holds up for fans, too. "It's so inspiring for me," she said. "A lot of mothers will come up to me and say that it motivated their daughter to take on something new or overcome something. I hadn't anticipated that when I was 18," she paused, then added, "The majority of roles for women then were the girlfriend or the wife, but I remember thinking, 'I'd walk on broken glass for this.'"
She basically did everything but, famously putting her lithe frame through a series of high-intensity workouts for up to seven hours each day, including surfing, weight training, and either running on the beach or running underwater with a rock, just like the memorable scene with co-star Michelle Rodriguez in the film. When all was said and done, Bosworth had gained a reported 15 pounds of pure muscle. "To this day, it's probably the hardest role I've ever taken simply because of the physicality," she said. "In hindsight, I can't believe that was actually me doing all those crazy stunts!"