Born in Los Angeles, California on April 19, 1979, American film actress Kate Hudson is no stranger to movies. With parents Academy award-winning actress Goldie Hawn and comedian and musician Bill Hudson, Kate rose to prominence in 2001 and continued gaining audiences worldwide. Though her parents separated 18 months after her birth, Kate Hudson considers Kurt Russell, her mother’s boyfriend, as her real father. She greatly looks up to her mother, as she decided not to attend New York University to pursue her acting career.
Kate Hudson’s breakthrough came with her role as Penny Hudson in 2000’s Almost Famous, which won her an Academy Award-nomination and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her big-screen debut was in 1998’s Desert Blue. This was followed by 200 Cigarettes in 1999. After this was a portrayal of Lucy Owens in About Adam, and a role as Naomi Preston in Gossip in 2000/1.
After hosting a number of times in Saturday Night Live, Kate Hudson turned down the role of Mary Jane in 2002’s Spider-Man. Instead, she chose to star in the historical drama The Four Feathers, which was not well-received. She bounced back into the hearts of critics with How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, a romantic comedy which became a box-office success. She appeared in several other romantic comedies, such as Alex and Emma and Raising Helen, in 2003 and 2004 respectively.
She was cast as the lead in the thriller The Skeleton Key in 2005, which enjoyed success in the box-office. Her next film was a comedy, You, Me and Dupree, co-starring Owen Wilson and Matt Dillon. In 2007, Hudson branched out and directed the short film Cutlass, starring Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning. The next year, she was cast in Fool’s Gold, her second film with co-star Matthew McConaughey.