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A Deep Dive Into Kate Hudson’s Unforgettable Movies

Since 1998 and the early 2000s, Kate Hudson has taken the title of rom-com queen. While many love her take on romantic comedies, Kate Hudson has impacted Hollywood with her various movie roles filled with grit, emotion, and humor.

Let’s dive into the life and movie career of Kate Hudson. 

About Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson is the daughter of Academy Award-winning actress Goldie Hawn and musician Bill Hudson. When her parents divorced when she was 18 months old, Kate and her brother (actor Oliver Hudson) were raised by their mother and her boyfriend, actor Kurt Russell. She has three half-siblings from her father’s later marriage and one half-brother, actor Wyatt Russell from her mother’s relationship with Kurt Russell.

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In 1997, Kate Hudson graduated from a college preparatory school in Santa Monica, Crossroads, and was accepted at NYU for undergrad. However, she decided to pursue her dreams of an acting career instead of attending college.

Kate Hudson’s parents: she shares a strong bond with her celeb mother, Goldie Hawn

While it could be hard for some parent-child relationships to share the Hollywood spotlight, the mother-daughter duo is inseparable. In PEOPLE’s 2020 cover issue, Kate Hudson and Goldie Hawn speak fondly of their relationship. “My mom gave me the floor to be able to feel confident enough to go out and feel like my life could be my own,” Kate tells PEOPLE. “Mom was my greatest cheerleader.”

Both Kate Hudson and Goldie Hawn show their great love for each other on Instagram. For Kate’s birthday in April, Goldie posted an adorable throwback of the two.

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What a cute mother-daughter relationship!

Who is Kate Hudson’s husband?

In 2000, Kate Hudson married the frontman of the Black Crowes, Chris Robinson. Then, in 2004, she had her first child, Ryder Russell Robinson. Kate and Chris divorced in 2007. She had her second child with Muse lead singer Matt Bellamy in 2011, a son named Bingham Hawn Bellamy.

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Currently, she is in a relationship with musician Danny Fujikawa. The two welcomed their daughter, Rani Rose Hudson Fujikawa, in 2018.

In an interview with Today, Kate Hudson opened up about her experience raising three kids with three different men:

“I’ve got multiple dads, I’ve got kids all over the place. The only expectations I really have that are really high on my life is with my kids and with family stuff. Other than that, it’s like, I just let it go … I work my ass off, and then I walk away, and I hope for the best.”

As she shares multiple photos of her children on social media, it’s evident that they all have a close and special bond.

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Kate Hudson movies: Desert Blue (1998)

Kate Hudson made her film debut starring in the dramedy Desert Blue. The story follows a rising Hollywood actress who gets stuck in a small desert town with her father when she joins him on a road trip. She meets the town’s residents during her stay, including a girl (Christina Ricci) who has a fascination with pipe bombs and a boy (Brendan Sexton III) who wants to build a waterpark in the desert.

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You can watch Desert Blue on YouTube or Amazon Prime.

Kate Hudson movies: Almost Famous (2000)

In her most memorable role to date, Kate Hudson plays Penny Lane, lead groupie or so-called “Band-Aid,” in Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical film Almost Famous. Set in the early 1970s, the movie follows teenage journalist Willam Miller (Patrick Fugit) and his time touring with the rock band Stillwater.

In the film, Kate Hudson’s ethereal character is adored by many, including Stillwater lead guitarist Russell Hammond (Billy Crudup) and William. Frances McDormand, Jason Lee, Anna Paquin, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Zooey Deschanel also star.  

Initially, Kate earned the role of William’s sister, with Sarah Polley as Penny Lane. When Sarah Polley dropped out, director Cameron Crowe decided to cast Kate in the lead role because of her dedication to the film. “She got Penny because of her loyalty,” Crowe told Rolling Stone. “She hung in and had turned down leads in other movies just to play the part of the sister in our movie.”

The film went on to win a Golden Globe Award for Best Film for a Musical or Comedy, while Kate Hudson won the award for Best Actress. In 2001, the movie’s soundtrack won a GRAMMY award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television, or Other Visual Media.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Almost Famous, Cameron Crowe, Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, and Patrick Fugit sat down with Rolling Stone to talk about the impact of the film 20 years later. In the interview, Kate reminisced about the filming, calling the experience “Rock school.”

“I have a moment in Rock School that felt like, I’ll never forget it. It might be something on my deathbed, like when your life flashes before your eyes … it was all of us in the room and Jason Lee (Jeff Bebe) was being a total doofus, funny guy, and Billy was, like, very serious and trying to figure out his thing, and we were all just having the most — I can’t explain how much fun it was but it just felt like a magical group of people.”

Even today, people show their admiration for Kate Hudson’s Penny Lane.

While no one is Penny Lane or Kate Hudson, Delaney did a pretty great rendition.

Where’s the faux coat when we need it?

We’ll always have a love for Miss Penny Lane.

Almost Famous is streaming on Amazon Prime.

Kate Hudson movies: The Four Feathers (2002)

Kate Hudson stars alongside Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, and Djimon Hounsou in the war drama film, The Four Feathers. Based on the French movie by A.E.W. Mason, a young British officer, must redeem his honor after being accused of cowardice. Kate plays Ethne Eustace, the lover of British officer Harry Faversham (played by Heath Ledger).

In a behind-the-scenes interview, Kate Hudson describes her character Ethne as a direct representation of a young English girl in the late 1800s. “She’s quite simple,” she explains, “and slightly repressed in the sense that a lot of women were at that time.

Check out more of the interview below:

You can watch The Four Feathers on HBO Max.

Kate Hudson movies: Alex & Emma (2003)

Rob Reiner’s romantic comedy Alex & Emma follows Alex Sheldon (Luke Wilson), a writer who must publish his novel in 30 days to pay off deadly loan sharks. To speed up the writing process, he hires a stenographer named Emma (played by Kate Hudson). Alex’s book focuses on a failed love affair based on his failed real-life relationship, but when he starts to fall in love with Emma, his story changes.

The film is loosely based on author Fyodor Dostoevsky and his experience falling in love with his stenographer while writing his 1866 novel The Gambler.  

Buy or rent Alex & Emma on Amazon Prime.

Kate Hudson movies: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

In the iconic romantic comedy, How to Lose a Guy in 10 days, Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey are lovers with ulterior motives. The film is based on Michele Alexander and Jeannie Long’s comic book of the same name.

Kate Hudson stars as Andie Anderson, a journalist who gets inspired by her best friend (Kathryn Hahn) to write an article on how to drive a man away in 10 days. However, she ends up setting her sights on Benjamin Barry (Matthew McConaughey), an executive who wants to prove to his supervisor that he can make any woman fall in love with him within ten days. The cast also features Adam Goldberg, Annie Parisse, and Thomas Lennon.

The movie earned box office success by grossing over $100 million. To this day, fans still rave about Kate Hudson’s wardrobe from the film. Especially the yellow dress.

We just can’t stop thinking about it!

Where can we find her wardrobe?

You read our minds.

Buy or rent How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days on Amazon Prime.

Kate Hudson movies: The Skeleton Key (2005)

Kate Hudson takes a break from rom-coms in the supernatural horror film, The Skeleton Key. She plays a young New Orleans hospice nurse, Caroline, who gets caught in a paranormal mystery when she begins a job at an elderly couple’s mansion.

The cast includes Gena Rowlands, John Hurt, Peter Sarsgaard, and Joy Bryan.

The Skeleton Key is streaming on Hulu.

Kate Hudson movies: Fool’s Gold (2008)

Kate Hudson teams up with Matthew McConaughey again for the action-comedy romance film Fool’s Gold. The film follows a recently divorced couple who reignite their romantic relationship when searching to find lost treasure in the ocean. Donald Sutherland, Alexis Dziena, Ray Winstone, and Kevin Hart also star. 

Kate told PEOPLE that all diving in the movie was real. “I got certified [for scuba] on the Great Barrier Reef!” she says, “I carry my certificate around with me in my wallet. Matthew got certified in five seconds, but it took me a couple of weeks.”

The film’s opening weekend in 2008 reached number one at the box office, grossing $21.5 million.

You can watch Fool’s Gold on HBO Max.

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