|Photo: Peter Lindbergh
There are two types of performers: the kind who come to life only when the bright lights come on, and the kind who bring the bright lights with them wherever they go. Kate Hudson falls happily in the latter category. With her golden tresses and free-spirited jubilance, Hudson has exhaustively (but rightly) been celebrated for the sunshine she brings to the screen. Lately, her upbeat energy has been dedicated to a cause Hudson is wholeheartedly invested in: WildAid, a non-profit organization that aims to bring attention to and end the multibillion-dollar illegal wildlife trade. Her investment? Creating a line of salon-worthy styling products and tools, called David Babaii for WildAid, with a dear friend, A-list hairstylist David Babaii.
In Hollywood, however, Hudson’s vibrance and willingness to be silly (she can manage that charming combination of bombshell and goof without slipping into dumb-blond cliché) is still going full steam ahead and has arguably turned her into today’s reigning queen of rom-coms. One need only look at the blockbuster jewels in her cinematic crown to see why she is one of the few actors who has mastered the art of relating to all kinds of gals, be they single, dating, just-engaged, newlywed or newly divorced (rent How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, You, Me and Dupree, Le Divorce and Fool’s Gold for her version of all of the above). This fall, she’s starring in My Best Friend’s Girl with an array of leading men: Jason Biggs, Dane Cook and Alec Baldwin (“It was a sex romp. We had so much fun! And it was the first time I got to use bad language,” she says with a bit of tee-hee schoolgirl mischief). She’s also costarring with Anne Hathaway in Bride Wars, her first film as a producer—and an experience she considers one of the highlights of her career. (“Annie and I had a great time. I mean, we were fighting over a wedding. Forget it!”) Next, she’ll be shooting the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Nine.
When Hudson calls me from her home in L.A., she’s out of breath: “I just got off the elliptical,” she sighs. “I just finished my morning workout. The best feeling in the world!”
Hudson is prone to superlatives. About her parents’ cottage in Muskoka, Ont., she says: “Of all the places I’ve been, Muskoka continues to be the most beautiful place in the world!” And about the struggle that can be romantic love, she says: “Nobody can figure out relationships. That’s why there are so many books out there. But I don’t know if it’s a struggle or just the most fun thing! I mean, when I go out with the girls, we don’t talk about our workouts—we talk about men!”
Like the happy-ending films that lofted her to fame, Hudson traffics on the sunny side of the street. Her best friend, Samantha Brickman—owner of a Toronto-based communications company that works with the WildAid line in Canada—who talks so much like Hudson, it’s difficult to distinguish their voices, says: “She’s the most positive person I know.”
The two met in Muskoka in the mid-’90s. “It took awhile to get to know Sam. She had some preconceptions about me, but I decided I would win her over, and I did! Now we’ve been friends for more than 13 years,” Hudson says, laughing.
For the complete story, pick up the October 2008 issue of FLARE.