Kate Garry Hudson (born April 19,
1979) is an American actress. She came to prominence in 2001 after
bringing in several awards and nominations for her role in Almost Famous,
and has since established herself as a Hollywood lead actress, starring in
several films, including How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, The Skeleton Key,
You, Me and Dupree, Fool's Gold, Raising Helen, and Bride Wars.
Hudson was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of Academy Award-winning
actress Goldie Hawn and Bill Hudson, an actor, comedian, and musician. Her
parents divorced eighteen months after her birth; she and her brother,
actor Oliver Hudson, were raised in Colorado by her mother and her
mother's long-time boyfriend, actor Kurt Russell. Hudson has stated that
her biological father "doesn't know me from a hole in the wall", and that
she considers Russell to be her father. Hudson has described her mother as
"the woman that I've learned the most from, and who I look up to, who has
conducted her life in a way that I can look up to". She has three
half-siblings, Emily and Zachary Hudson, from her biological father's
subsequent marriage to actress Cindy Williams, and Wyatt, from her
mother's relationship with Kurt Russell.
Hudson is of English, Italian, and Hungarian Jewish descent, and was
raised in her maternal grandmother's Jewish religion; her family also
practiced Buddhism. She graduated from Crossroads, an exclusive college
preparatory school in Santa Monica, in 1997. She was accepted to New York
University, but chose to pursue an acting career instead of an
Hudson's breakthrough was as Penny Lane in Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous
(2000), for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best
Supporting Actress and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting
Actress - Motion Picture. She had previously appeared in the lesser-known
films Gossip, a teenage drama, and 200 Cigarettes, a New Year's-set comedy
with a large cast of actors. Regarding her early career and success,
Hudson has noted that she is a "hard worker", and did not want to be
associated with her well-known parents, wishing to avoid the perception
that she "rode on somebody's coattails".
In 2002 she starred in the remake of the historical romance The Four
Feathers, a film which was not well received by critics or audiences. Her
next film, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, a romantic comedy, became a big
success at the box office, grossing over $100 million after its February
2003 release. Hudson subsequently appeared in several romantic comedies,
including Alex and Emma and Raising Helen; the films met with varying
degrees of success.
Hudson headlined a thriller called The Skeleton Key in 2005. The film,
which had a production budget of $43 million, enjoyed box office success,
grossing over $91.9 million worldwide ($47.9 million in North America).
Her later film, a comedy titled You, Me and Dupree and co-starring Owen
Wilson and Matt Dillon, grossed $21.5 million on its opening weekend of
July 14, 2006.
In 2007 Hudson directed the short film Cutlass, one of Glamour magazine's
"Reel Moments" based on readers' personal essays. Cutlass co-stars Kurt
Russell, Dakota Fanning, Virginia Madsen, Chevy Chase and Kristen Stewart.
In 2008, she appeared in Fool's Gold, a romantic comedy released on
February 8th, and her second film to co-star Matthew McConaughey. She had
been certified in scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef for the movie's
underwater scenes. Her latest film, another romantic comedy, titled My
Best Friend's Girl, was released in September.
Hudson next appeared in the musical film Nine, alongside Daniel Day-Lewis,
Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman and Judi Dench. The film,
directed by Rob Marshall, was released in December 2009. Hudson was
critically acclaimed for her unknown dancing skills, showcased in a
stylish 60's inspired original piece called "Cinema Italiano", which was
written specifically for the film and for Hudson's character.
She recently starred in the film adaptation of Jim Thompson's The Killer
Inside Me. The film premiered on January 24, 2010 at the Sundance Film
Hudson married Chris Robinson, the frontman for The Black Crowes, on
December 31, 2000 in Aspen, Colorado. The couple lived in a house that was
once owned by director James Whale and traveled together during Hudson's
film shoots or Robinson's music tours. On January 7, 2004, Hudson gave
birth to son Ryder Russell Robinson. On August 14, 2006, Hudson's
publicist announced that Hudson and Robinson had separated. On November
18, 2006, Robinson filed divorce papers, citing "irreconcilable
differences". The divorce was finalized on October 22, 2007.
In May 2009, Hudson began dating New York Yankees third baseman Alex
Rodriguez. She was seen many times during the 2009 World Series in the
crowd. On December 15, 2009, it was reported that Hudson and Rodriguez had
Hudson has also said that she does not enjoy seeing herself on screen,
specifying that she "gets cold... shakes and... sweats" when watching her
performances for the first time. In July 2006, Hudson sued the British
version of the National Enquirer after they had stated that she has an
eating disorder and described her as "painfully thin." Hudson said that
the tabloid's actions were "completely inappropriate" and a "blatant lie,"
and specified her concern relating the impressions about weight that she
feels the tabloid could have on young girls.
"I have zero problems when
people say, 'God, you look like your mother.' I go, 'Well, great!
"I'm a hippie at heart. I wear the clothes, and they're the best.
And the music is incredible, too."
"Everyday, I tell my husband, 'Maybe we should cash in. I'll make
handmade lotion and you can write music and sell it on the
the sweetest moment was when the kids were done and when we finished
with the kids. It was just so emotional. And I looked at Abby
[Breslin, who plays five-year-old Sarah] and she was crying. I mean
it was so difficult. We just hugged forever and I told them I loved
them. And it was just... it really made the whole experience that
much more special; to know that those kids took something from that
It was great. They were so professional and yet, still kids. Abigail
[Breslin, who played Bo in Signs (2002)] was so adorable and so
good. She cried at the drop of a hat. She was so focused. When she
had to do what she had to do, she really worked hard at it. And
Spencer [Breslin] was hysterical. And Hayden [Panettiere] is at that
age that I remember so well-13-ish where you want to be an adult and
want to be taken seriously, but people don't treat you like it, so
"I'm not a big fan of romantic comedies, believe it or not... Well,
I don't run out to see them."
I'm Jewish and this was the first time I experienced real
anti-Semitism. Paris was scary...there were synagogues bombed and
there was anti-Semitic graffiti all over the place. I was very
angry. This is something I am passionate about.