The daughter of Goldie Hawn and (stepfather) Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson has carved out a career for herself that equals her parents’ successful acting bios. She became known for her role as Penny Lane in Almost Famous and went on to star is such popular movies as Bride Wars, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, You, Me and Dupree and the musical Nine.
In her new movie Something Borrowed, based on the best-selling novel by Emily Griffin, Hudson plays Darcy, who is engaged to Dex (Colin Egglesfield), whom her best friend, Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) has had a crush on since they met at law school. Rachel and Dex become closer as his and Darcy’s wedding draws near, putting Rachel in an impossible situation.
A very pregnant Kate Hudson entered our room, joking, ‘I’ve been making love,’ so obviously the first question was …
Is this pregnancy easier for you than the last?
It’s not easier. I was sicker this time, I have more adverse reactions to certain foods, but it’s easier mentally. I know what it feels like, I remember the sensation.
Rachel is so perfect in this film, she’s the one the audience is supposed to fall in love with. Darcy is the one that audiences is supposed to dislike, was that a challenge for you?
No, I think it’s important that you know that Darcy is a very self-centered person. That’s who she is; she’s just all about her. For me I was really looking at this as where she goes in the second movie, if we get to do Something Blue. You need to see how selfish this person is. But she’s not doing it to hurt anybody, and I think that’s an important change from the book that we did for the movie, because we didn’t want to make it seem like what Rachel and Dex were doing was okay.
In the book, Darcy is way nastier than she is in the movie, and it would have made it too easy for them to be having the affair. Darcy loves her girlfriend and she always wants her around. For me, you get see that all of Darcy’s stuff comes from deep insecurity and not being a very smart girl. She’s not a very intelligent person, or she doesn’t see herself probably that way. She probably wasn’t the girl who had the best grades in school. But she might have had the best legs, and that’s always worked for her. Then she gets older and she realizes that doesn’t work as well. So for me it was fun to play that kind of character, some of the things I got to say and adlib were a blast.
Have you ever known anyone like Darcy?
Of course, they’re fun to have around; they are not necessarily the most dependable people. Darcy’s not a mean person. She says things that are so brutally honest like, ‘I hate your shoes,’ that people would think, ‘God, that’s so horrible that she would say something like that.’ Well, no, it’s just Darcy, she hates her shoes.
Simply put, Darcy is all about Darcy. She’s the kind of person who says things we wish we could say, who doesn’t hold back, who thrives on being the center of attention. Playing Darcy meant committing to a character that is extremely ‘out there’ and walking that fine line between what’s funny and endearing and what could easily become unlikable, which is always fun. She’s definitely no angel.
You played the role so well, and you were the first person they thought of for the part, do you see her in you?
No, I know how to have a good time. I like to have fun, I like to go out and laugh with my friends and gather people together and have a good time, but I definitely think of other people before I think of myself usually.
It’s a caricature in a movie that I’m playing that is so much fun to play because you get to do things that you don’t normally get to do in your real life. I’ve never been in this circumstance before in my life, I’ve never wanted to be a party planner, or have I ever wanted to get married and have somebody else take care of me. So I feel very different from that character, but it was definitely a fun person to play.
Are you looking forward to playing this character again if they do a sequel?
Yeah. I believe the book Something Blue had a bigger following than Something Borrowed. When I read the first one it was so fun, but it’s Rachel’s perspective and then Something Blue is Darcy’s perspective of the situation.
What do you think the audience will get from the film?
There are so many little sagas playing out, a love story and a lot of comedy and all these interesting characters, and it’s that time of your life when everything is just so important. It was a fun group and so easy for us to work off of each other.
You directed a short film years ago, is that still something that interests you?
Yeah, I’ve been looking for the right thing to direct. Eventually I’ll definitely direct again. I think I will end up in my life probably directing, because I can’t sit in a make up chair for two hours all the time. I’m going to get old.
I’ve always been behind the camera anyway. My whole life is behind the camera and I’ve gotten opportunities to watch some really amazing directors, whether they were directing my parents or directing me. I think the greatest lessons you can learn are by watching, and I’m one of those watchers.