For Kate Beckinsale, going back to the Underworld franchise was just like visiting a member of the family.
"Underworld is the family business. Even my mother has a scene in this one," Beckinsale said at the press event for Underworld: Awakening at Comic-Con 2011 in San Diego. Her daughter, Lily, was in Underworld: Evolution.
Originally, Beckinsale didn't consider doing another film because it was a planned trilogy.
"When people asked if I was going to do another one, I had said no," Beckinsale said. "Because the plan was always to do a trilogy with a planned prequel, which I knew I wasn't going to be in. So I really didn’t think I was going to be in another one."
But more than that, she was hesitant about a certain number associated with the franchise.
"I was a bit nervous about number four," Beckinsale said. "When I was growing up, anything with the number four was straight-to-video. I think that is what most people feel. But I think there a number of films now that actually work. If we were going to do it again we didn’t want to carry on straight from the second one. I guess once all the ideas started coming in and the concept was so different. What would happen if the Underworld was not quite under anymore? It seemed like an interesting thing to do. And it was in 3-D which I have never done before."
One of the lingering questions about Awakening is where Michael is. But Beckinsale, along with the rest of the cast and crew, is mum on the subject as she said it is one of the big deals in the movie.