Kate Hudson is a thoughtful actress and a good soul, as celebs and Hollywood royalty go. She’s not falsely modest, but neither is she all in-your-face with ambition. (Hudson knows she started out on third base, but she stole home all by herself — thank you very much.) That sparkling charm that oozes from the movie screen? It oozes from her on the radio too, especially talking to Howard Stern. Hudson is Howard’s ideal kind of guest — hot and Hollywood-luminous enough to be intimidating but just down-to-earth enough to play the game.
In therapy (same therapist as her brother Oliver, she revealed to Howard), Hudson is leading the examined life. So it’s surprising that she was caught off-guard by Howard’s question about her famous mother and stepfather. Howard wanted to know if Goldie Hawn and her husband Kurt Russell were okay with Kate getting nominated for an Oscar when she was just 22 (Almost Famous, 2001). Howard has long been praised as a great interviewer and it’s for insights like this. Hawn was nominated twice for an Oscar and won once (Cactus Flower, 1969). Russell has never received the nod. Stern understands those dynamics can be problematic. Hudson said she had never even thought about it before. Maybe, she thought, they felt a sense of relief.