Kate Hudson is a “multihyphenate” to the max: actress, mother of two, designer, now author. The vivacious beauty, 36, visited the Rusty Pelican last week as the headliner for the Organization of Women in International Trade’s International Business Woman of the Year Awards. Hudson discussed growing up with her famous family (mom is Goldie Hawn, stepdad is Kurt Russell), her busy career (which includes co-founding a line of athletic wear, Fabletics) and being a single mom.
What was your childhood like with movie stars as parents?
It wasn’t exactly normal but as grounded I think as you could get. They moved us out of L.A. to Colorado [outside Aspen] when we were very young. We were outside riding dirt bikes, hiking, being in nature, doing chores. I actually have pretty tough parents. We are a very open family, we put everything on the table. Nothing was swept under the rug. Manners, politeness, working hard: Those were all things they took very seriously.
Your breakthrough role came in “Almost Famous” when you received an Oscar nod for best supporting actress. Are you still enjoying the process?
I love making movies. It’s a weird world when you’re on set, almost like a circus with a fantastic group of people. Some people find it boring. I’m into it. Not everyone gets into the business to be the rom-com girl or the dramatic indie [queen]. I want to do everything.
Do you like visiting Miami?
I love it! I have a lot of friends here and come here often. My hair’s curly. My skin likes the humidity. I respond to everything here. My DNA may have something in it. I just want to put on a little dress and go salsa dancing and get a Cuban coffee.
Talk about your lifestyle book, “Pretty Happy.”
I’m an avid reader of self-help books, instructional books, cleansing books. All of it. I know the word ‘holistic’ throws people off a little, but that’s how I see this book. I am taking a whole approach looking at health my way, which is not necessarily perfect, but perfect for me. I get asked a lot: ‘How are you and your mom so happy all the time?’ I mean, we’re passionate. We have a lust for life. We’re pretty happy.