No matter what role Kate Hudson accepts, she will always be referred to as Goldie Hawn’s little girl.
But at 23, Hudson has already carved out a place of her own in Hollywood, starting with her turn as Penny Lane in the film Almost Famous. Her genuine spirit, ethereal looks and graceful talent not only scored her an Oscar nomination for the part, but also a path to a respectable film career.
This week, Hudson, who is married to former Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson, tries her hand at a romantic comedy when How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days opens in theaters. She plays a magazine writer who picks up a man (Matthew McConaughey) to use as a guinea pig for her column on the turnoffs of dating online. Calling from the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, she talks about the film, riding a bike, glitter and even her mom.
QUESTION: What would it take for a guy to lose you in 10 days?
ANSWER: For me, it’s smothering. Too much love too soon. Too much hands and touching. That would be way too much for me.
Q: If there was one challenge making this movie, what was it?
A: Learning to ride the motorcycle was the hardest. But I had a great teacher. We started on a little Yamaha dirt bike, then we went big — to a Harley 880 — and from there we went back down to a Triumph. It didn’t take me too long; I was riding the little bike that first day. The Harley only took a day, too. It would have been harder if I didn’t grow up on a ranch where we used three-wheelers, because I understood the clutch and changing the gears.
Q: So now are you in the mood to buy one?
A: Yes, I would love to buy a motorcycle. I don’t know if I’d go so far as to ride around on a big one, but I think I might get some of those dirt bikes for the ranch and my family. Don’t tell anybody that.
Q: The movie is based on an advice book. What is your advice for love?
A: I don’t think you … want advice from me. (Giggles). OK, let’s see. I have good advice about how to be … well, my thing in relationships is you have to be yourself and love will find you. It will happen when you least expect it.
Q: If tomorrow you were no longer a movie star, is there anything you would miss?
A: I think I’d be very happy, I’m sure. I don’t know if I would miss anything. As long as I still had my man I’d be pretty happy.
Q: What’s a guilty pleasure of yours?
A: I’m into glitter and crafting. I have all these glitter sticks, and I do a lot of embossing in my scrapbooks with the micro glitter. It’s the best. I’ll get a stamp and then I’ll put the glitter over it and do all kinds of cool things.
Q: What’s the best advice your mom has given you?
A: She is just Mom; the advice is more wisdom coming from her. She provides a lot of it every day and inspiration for me to be the best person I can be and to enjoy my life and enjoy just being. That’s what she gives me. She means everything to me.
Q: If you could star in a classic “old” Hollywood picture, which would it be?
A: My Fair Lady. I really love that movie.
Kate Hudson’s beauty tips:
A beauty product I can’t live without: La Mer Exfoliating Mask. It’s like a scrub that’s really yummy.
I define a beautiful woman as: Happy.
My most memorable fashion disaster: Are you kidding? I was a fashion disaster my whole childhood. That was because what every other girl wanted to wear, I had on three outfits of it at the same time. When I was living in Colorado, I would wear — in the middle of winter — a hot-pink unitard, and over it a hot-yellow miniskirt, cowboy boots and get this, a parka! Yeah, I was rockin, come on!
Something I always have in the fridge: HP Sauce (an English combination of ketchup and steak sauce)
I’m listening to: In my changer right now I have Bob Dylan’s Planet Waves and Blood on the Tracks’ Soundtrack of our Lives – they’re a new rock band that’s really cool. And the Jayhawks.
When I want to relax: I like to play the guitar, and I really like to play the piano. I’m also a big arts and crafts person. I like doing scrapbooks, I have a lot of them and I work on them all the time.
For Valentine’s Day, if I had to choose between flowers or chocolates: I’d say flowers, because they smell pretty. Wait, no, that’s such a lame answer. Because they last longer and you can do things with them afterwards, like hang them to dry.