Kate Hudson

This article is about the American actress. For the British activist, see Kate Hudson (activist).

Kate Hudson

Hudson in 2012
Born Kate Garry Hudson
(1979-04-19) April 19, 1979
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Chris Robinson (m. 2000; div. 2007)
Partner(s) Matthew Bellamy (2010–14)
Children 2
Parent(s) Bill Hudson
Goldie Hawn
Relatives Oliver Hudson (brother)
Wyatt Russell (half-brother)
Mark Hudson (uncle)
Brett Hudson (uncle)
Kurt Russell (stepfather)

Kate Garry Hudson (born April 19, 1979)[1] is an American actress. She rose to prominence in 2000 for playing Penny Lane in Almost Famous, for which she won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her other films include How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), Raising Helen (2004), The Skeleton Key (2005), You, Me and Dupree (2006), Fool's Gold (2008), and Bride Wars (2009). Hudson also co-founded Fabletics, a fitness brand and membership program operated by JustFab.[2][3]

Early life

Hudson was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Academy Award–winning actress Goldie Hawn and Bill Hudson, an actor, comedian, and musician.[1] Her parents divorced when she was 18 months old and she and her older brother, actor Oliver Hudson, were raised in Snowmass, Colorado, and Pacific Palisades, California, by her mother and her mother's longtime boyfriend, actor Kurt Russell.[4]

Hudson has stated that her biological father "doesn't know me from a hole in the wall", and that she considers Russell her father.[5] Her biological father indicated that though he had made several efforts to connect with Kate and Oliver, neither reciprocated.[6] 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".[7] She has four half-siblings: Emily and Zachary Hudson, from her biological father's later marriage to actress Cindy Williams; Lalania Hudson, from his relationship with another woman;[6] and Wyatt Russell, from her mother's relationship with Kurt Russell.

Hudson's ancestry is Italian (from her paternal grandmother), Hungarian Jewish (from her maternal grandmother), and the remainder a mix of English and some German.[8][9] She was raised Jewish.[10][11] Like her mother Goldie Hawn, Hudson practices Buddhism.[12] In 1997, she graduated from Crossroads, a college preparatory school in Santa Monica. She was accepted to New York University, but chose to pursue an acting career instead of an undergraduate degree.[4]


Hudson's breakthrough role was as Penny Lane in Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous (2000), for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.[4] 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".[4]

Hudson signing autographs in July 2006

In 2002, Hudson starred in the remake of the historical romance The Four Feathers, which was panned by critics and audiences. Her next film, the romantic comedy How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, was a box office success, 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 later headlined the 2005 thriller The Skeleton Key. The film, which had a production budget of $43 million, grossed over $91.9 million worldwide ($47.9 million in North America).[13] Her next 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.[14]

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.[15] The following year, she appeared in the romantic comedy Fool's Gold, her second film co-starring with Matthew McConaughey; she was certified in scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef for the movie's underwater scenes. She also appeared in My Best Friend's Girl, another romantic comedy, in 2008. Hudson next appeared in the musical film Nine, alongside Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, and Judi Dench. The film, directed by Rob Marshall, was released in December 2009. Hudson was critically acclaimed for her dancing skills, showcased in a 1960s-inspired original piece called "Cinema Italiano", which was written specifically for her character. She later starred in the film adaptation of Jim Thompson's The Killer Inside Me, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. In 2011, she starred in another romantic comedy, Something Borrowed, based on Emily Giffin's novel of the same name.

In 2012, Hudson was cast in the recurring role on Fox teen comedy series, Glee as Cassandra July, Rachel Berry's dance teacher at the fictitious New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts (NYADA).[16][17][18] Hudson later went to play supporting roles in smaller films, include Wish I Was Here and Good People. In 2016, she starred in the romantic comedy Mother's Day, opposite Jennifer Aniston and Julia Roberts, and played Mark Wahlberg's character's wife in the drama Deepwater Horizon, based on the Deepwater Horizon explosion.[19][20]

In 2013, Hudson began a partnership with online fashion retailer JustFab to launch her own line of workout clothes and active wear called Fabletics.[21][22][23]

In 2016, Hudson released her book, Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body. HarperCollins. 2016. ISBN 978-0-06-243424-1. 

Personal life

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.[4] 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".[24] The divorce was finalized on October 22, 2007.[25] Robinson and Hudson have one child together, a son, Ryder, born in 2004.

In early 2006, Hudson sued the English version of the National Enquirer after it reported she had an eating disorder, describing her as "painfully thin". Hudson said the tabloid's statements were "a blatant lie" and she was concerned about the impact the false report could have on impressionable young women.[26] The newspaper apologized and compensated her.[27]

In early 2010, Hudson began dating Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy.[28][29][30] In February 2011, Hudson bought a house in London, England. A Daily Mail source reported that she planned to live in London with Bellamy six months a year.[31] Hudson and Bellamy became engaged in April 2011[32] and their son, Bingham was born in July 2011.[33][34] On December 9, 2014, the couple announced that they had ended their engagement.[35]

Hudson says that she does not enjoy seeing herself on screen, saying, "I get cold and I shake and I sweat" when watching her performances for the first time.[7]

In 2016, Hudson said: "Meditation has been the most helpful and life-changing thing for me. You can feel the difference when you meditate on a regular basis. At least I can.... I started practicing transcendental meditation a year and a half ago so I meditate 20 minutes in the morning and I try to do another 20 minutes in the afternoon."[36]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Desert Blue Skye Davidson
1998 Ricochet River Lorna
1999 200 Cigarettes Cindy
2000 Dr. T & the Women Dee Dee Travis
2000 Almost Famous Penny Lane Won – Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Female – Newcomer
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Breakthrough Artist
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Newcomer of the Year
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actress
MTV Movie Award for Best Dressed
MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress
2000 Gossip Naomi Preston
2000 About Adam Lucy Owens
2001 The Cutting Room Chrissy Campbell Uncredited
2002 The Four Feathers Ethne Eustace
2003 Le Divorce Isabel Walker
2003 Alex & Emma Emma Dinsmore
2003 How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Andie Anderson Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Comedy
Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie Liar
Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie Liplock shared with Matthew McConaughey
2004 Raising Helen Helen Harris Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Comedy
2005 The Skeleton Key Caroline Ellis
2006 You, Me and Dupree Molly Peterson Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Comedy
2008 Fool's Gold Tess Finnegan
2008 My Best Friend's Girl Alexis
2009 Bride Wars Liv Lerner Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Fight
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Comedy
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Hissy Fit
Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie Rumble shared with Anne Hathaway
Also producer
2009 Nine Stephanie Necrophuros Won – Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2010 The Killer Inside Me Amy Stanton Direct-to-video
2011 A Little Bit of Heaven Marley Corbett
2011 Something Borrowed Darcy Rhone
2013 The Reluctant Fundamentalist Erica
2014 Wish I Was Here Sarah Bloom
2014 Good People Anna Wright Direct-to-video
2015 Rock the Kasbah Merci
2016 Kung Fu Panda 3 Mei Mei Voice role
2016 Mother's Day Jesse
2016 Deepwater Horizon Felicia Williams
2016 Marshall Eleanor Strubing Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Party of Five Cory Episode: "Spring Breaks: Part 1"
1997 EZ Streets Larraine Cahill Episode: "Neither Have I Wings to Fly"
2000 Saturday Night Live Herself / Host Episode: "Kate Hudson/Radiohead"
2012–13 Glee Cassandra July 5 episodes
2013 Clear History Rhonda Haney Television film
2015 Jamie & Jimmy's Friday Night Feast Herself Episode: "Kate Hudson"
2015 Running Wild with Bear Grylls Herself Episode: "Kate Hudson: Dolomites"


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