Kate Beckinsale on nature vs. nurture

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"I've come to the realization," one of my friends recently told me about her children, "that what I do matters very little in who they become." In the nature vs. nurture debate, she believes that nearly all personality traits are present at birth, an attitude she shares with celeb mom Kate Beckinsale.

Beckinsale recently said in an interview with Mean magazine that she believes that babies are born "80% baked," but that environmental influences are important as well.

Before I was a mom, I believed that nurture was the more important component. But raising children teaches you that personality is something that's part of a person's genetic makeup. I still think there's a delicate balance between the two, however, and that environment plays a big role in who we become. What about you? Where do you stand on the nature vs. nurture debate?

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