Her last movie, Fool’s Gold, due out on Blu-ray and DVD, reunited her and Mc Conaughey.
It’s a good-natured comedy drama set around the hunt for a sunken treasure, and Kate plays the feckless Mc Conaughey’s clever historian estranged wife. We met at Paramount and it was just easy, we talked and laughed, he was great and we had the best time, and it sort of stayed like that. Some people you connect with, and Matthew and I have always connected.’ In an ironic parallel to her film role playing a divorcing wife, though, she found herself getting divorced during the shooting of Fool’s Gold last year from her real-life husband of six years, the Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson. ‘It’s incredibly different circumstances – real life versus playing a picture, and Chris and I had no animosity,’ Kate is keen to point out.
They divorced the year after Kate was born, and Bill has verbally attacked Goldie, complaining that she wouldn’t let him get close to their kids.
Four years ago, he even reportedly called Kate ‘a viper just like her mother’.
Every inch the star, she could easily be 20 years older in terms of strength, determination and confidence.
‘The reasons are personal, but those things weren’t difficult,’ she says.So far, life has been quite a ride for Kate, but then her mother’s life was also far from smooth – at 11 Goldie was molested by a friend of her older sister Patti, at 18 she was taken advantage of when working as a go-go dancer in New Jersey, at 20 she lived in a cockroach- and junkie-infested apartment in New York and at 21, as she became a TV star, she had a nervous breakdown.She went on to have nine years of therapy and a difficult four-year second marriage (after her first marriage to actor-director Gus Trikonis) to Kate’s father, Bill Hudson, who was in a band called the Hudson Brothers.Kate Hudson is wearing a boxy checked jacket, and make-up and backcombed candy-blond hair that make her look older than her 29 years.
We are in the Dorchester hotel in London, where three years ago I met her mother Goldie Hawn.Far from being a ditsy blonde, Goldie was a Hollywood grande dame who glittered with the power of 30 years’ stardom.