EN Interview 2 - Oscar winner, Kate Hudson, 35, stars in Wish I Was Here, opposite Zach Braff (Garden State), 39, who also directed and wrote this comedy drama about a struggling actor and his family.
Hudson, the effervescent blonde beauty, is the daughter of Hollywood legends: Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. She is in a relationship with Muse frontman, Matt Bellamy, 36, and they have a son, Bingham born in 2011, the year the couple became engaged. Hudson was previously married to Black Crowes frontman, Chris Robinson, whom she divorced in 2006 after six years of marriage, They have a son, Ryder, ten, who lives with Hudson and Bellamy.
Hudson is probably one of the most amiable Hollywood celebrities you’ll ever meet. She’s charming and funny as well as being toned, tanned, and looks a good ten years younger than her years.
Q: You’re a bit like Julia Roberts in that people want to see her when she’s smiling. Do you think it’s the same thing with you? People want to see you laughing in a romantic comedy?
HUDSON: I’m not going to try to like figure out what people want me to be because that would make me unhappy in my own life. I think I love to make movies that are funny and I also like to make movies that aren’t, and most importantly, I will continue to make movies that are hopefully good movies. It’s a compliment and I totally get it. And by the way I think it’s not necessarily an easy thing to do – to make people laugh. So it’s a really nice thing to be able to do.
Q. How would you describe your style? You’re always described as 'boho chic/bohemian.' Do you agree?
HUDSON: I don’t know. It’s hard to put yourself in a box. Well, if bohemian means easy going, then I’m definitely easy going (laughs). In terms of fashion I always like to be comfortable but I know I’m not very suburban.
Q. Is there anything about the suburban lifestyle you might like?
HUDSON: Clean is always fun. Clean houses are fun but I don’t really have a clean house anymore.
Q. As you’re with a musician, do you find that you get tired of being on the road and want to come home and then when you’re home want to go out again?
HUDSON: Yeah, that’s about it! (laughs). I love being home but I like travelling. It’s actually nice if you can come home to a place where you can have time to rest. That’s really nice.
Q. I remember you saying that relationships shouldn’t be perfect and you’re not interested in perfection. How did you get to that point?
HUDSON: Because I’m not perfect. And I don’t think anybody is and so I wouldn’t be able to understand why a relationship could be 'perfect.' It’s human behaviour and I don’t think it really works that way. Relationships, period, whether you’re married or whether you live with somebody is so hard. There are so many standards and everybody has their own rule book of how you’re supposed to do things and how it’s supposed to be. I think sometimes people have a misconstrued concept of love and affection and I think it all starts with respect. If you respect somebody and their choices and the kind of man or woman they are I feel like that guides you, at least it has for us.
Q. And also the reality that you can’t get along 100 percent of the time.
HUDSON: It’s impossible. It’s totally impossible. I also feel that I don’t know – everybody says, or at least my parents have always said, that when they stop having fun – and fun is also included during arguing – when things aren’t necessarily great is when you stop having fun; when you’re just bored then there’s as problem. Then it’s really not good. Then life takes its toll and you learn something and you move on but we keep having fun.
Q. You seem to have it all – the relationships, the career, motherhood etc. – do you feel you’ve got it all? There doesn’t seem to be anything you’re missing.
HUDSON: No, I don’t feel like that at all. I’m the kind of person who has a million things on my plate at the same time and I feel like I always want to be doing something and I always have goals. I’m a little bit of a stewer which becomes my worst enemy. I can do too many things at once. Even if what I’m doing is re-staining a table, even if it’s some silly project I’m always doing a hundred different things. But no, I never felt... I think you could say that somebody has everything in a materialistic sense which isn’t true because I don’t, but I am very lucky. In terms of life and relationships and goals – you never have everything, ever. That’s so dangerous to think like that, I think.
Q. Are you strict about working out and dieting? You look fantastic.
HUDSON: Thanks. I’m not strict about it but I do make myself – I definitely do at least something two times a week that’s active.
Q. Is it easier to be in London or LA as a celebrity?
HUDSON: I think LA is more annoying. In LA, people follow you in cars and they follow you everywhere and I’m like getting air in my tires and it’s like, why am I being followed? Whereas London is a little bit easier to get around, there are days when nobody’s around. LA they camp out in neighbourhoods and know all your cars and license plate numbers and end up following you everywhere
Q. Do you think it’s worse for the younger actresses coming up in terms of the paparazzi then it was for you in the beginning? It seems to be more frenzied these days.
HUDSON: I think that tabloids are interested in dysfunctional people. Therefore you can look at that and say that’s why there are certain people who are very tabloid friendly whereas there are other people who aren’t tabloid friendly. I think yes in the last fifteen years or ten years it’s gotten much worse, way crazier.
Q. What does your mother say about it?
HUDSON: When we were kids it wasn’t even close. There was a modicum of respect for people’s private lives. Somebody said to me once that a perfect example of how it changed back in the day is if Cary Grant slipped on a red carpet people would turn their back and now people are throwing banana peels out there. I think that’s exactly how it’s changed just in terms of the difference. Whether it’s good or bad – I don’t know. It’s a little frustrating. The only thing that really bugs me is when it comes to the kids. They didn’t choose what I do or what Matt does or what Chris does and when they become a man and is out in the world and wants to get into show business then they would have chosen that field of work, but right now, they’re just boys. They should have a normal life as a kid and it’s really frustrating when people are trying to take pictures of your children. That’s really sad, it’s low. Low class.
Q. When you’re in the park with other mums and babies – do they treat you normally?
HUDSON: Absolutely. Of course. It’s the mummy club – it doesn’t matter who you are. You’re a mum and you’re all going through the same stuff
Q. Do you do yoga or some kind of spiritual thing to balance everything?
HUDSON: I’m not very – it would be nice if I could say I do yoga and meditate but I don’t. I’m not really like that although I do take time for myself every day. I’ll take even ten minutes to do whatever it is. I will take time to myself. I make sure I go out and continue my relationships with my girlfriends. I think that’s really important. So at least once a week I’ll put the baby down and have dinner with my girlfriends or go out and have a drink or go and do something fun and see a movie. I think a lot of people in their lives lose sight in how important their girlfriends are because they’re so busy and they’re with their men and their children and their job. I for one, my girlfriends are everything to me. They’re always there when the shit hits the fan (laughs)
Q. And it’s important not to be joined at the hip with your significant other.
HUDSON: I think so. I think it’s nice to be independent.
Q. How have you kept so un-Hollywood having had the Hollywood upbringing?
HUDSON: I didn’t have that Hollywood way of growing up. I was looking at pictures the other day of Oliver and I at one of my parents premieres when we were kids and it’s so funny. First of all, whatever we were wearing is hysterical. We always picked put our own clothes – mum never put us in outfits and we look like insane. Oliver and I, our faces are so funny in the picture because it’s so not anything we ever really knew that well and with the parents that we have, we never even thought about it. There was no fabulousness to my parents except the fact that whatever was fabulous about our parents was just the way they were. I remember with my mum being a little girl and watching her put on makeup or watch her get ready to go to a meeting and I was like, ‘My mum is so beautiful.’ That’s what I remember. I don’t remember anything in terms of what they did or that anything was so fantastic. Or that they were any more special then my friends parents.
Q. But now, as you say, there wasn’t that paparazzi frenzy when you were growing up, but both of your sons will have a different upbringing than you even because of that alone? Both dads are also celebrities.
HUDSON: Yeah. I’ll make sure they know that that means absolutely nothing in the scheme of things. I think it’s more about the importance that I put on it. Psychologically, if they see me being intrigued or somehow enjoying that process then that’s how they will see what that is. If they think it’s important to me, then they will probably grow up and be a little unhealthy but I think they will probably feel the same way that we do.
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