Does Kate Hudson hold an ‘incredibly petty’ grudge against Scarlett Johansson?

Kate Hudson

Over the past decade or so, Kate Hudson’s acting career has progressed from promising, Oscar-nominated darling to a chick who starred in far too many terrible romcoms. Her last movie, A Little Bit of Heaven (which honestly should have been named Hot Lovin’ & Colonoscopies) even went went straight to video-on-demand. According to a story in this week’s issue of Star, Kate hasn’t been blaming her career downfall on poor film choices. Instead, she’s focusing her ill will on “longtime frenemy” Scarlett Johansson, and Kate is allegedly furious that Scarlett has suddenly made it so big as a result of her Black Widow role in both Iron Man 2 and The Avengers. Here’s the story:

Scarlett Johansson

Nothing can decimate a star’s ego like watching a rival’s stunning career success. Ever since Scarlett Johansson’s movie The Avengers exploded at the box office — rewarding ScarJo with a $20 million paycheck for the sequel — longtime frenemy Kate Hudson has been seething with jealousy.

Scarlett and Kate’s rivalry began years ago, when they were competing for Justin Timberlake. Now that Scarlett’s career has skyrocketed while Kate’s has stalled, the Something Borrowed actress has been plotting a jealousy-fueled comeback that she hopes will dethrone ScarJo as the queen of Hollywood.

Says a source: “It’s incredibly petty, but she still bitches about Scarlett to this day. Every time Kate gets an endorsement deal she Googles to see Scarlett’s deal so she can compare. Kate hasn’t had a major hit in ages, but she’s letting it be known that she’s ready to break out of her mold and become the It Girl in Hollywood again.” We’ll see…

[From Star, print edition, August 8, 2012]

Honestly, I think the biggest surprise in this story is that Scarlett will be pulling down $20 million for an Avengers sequel. That figure can’t be accurate, but I’m sure she received a substantial raise from the first movie. Actually, scratch that — Movieline has confirmed the salary rumor, but I still think it’s an overstatement.

Here’s the thing though: Scarlett has played her cards quite well with Black Widow, and she reportedly got her foothold with this character by accepting a lowball salary to play the role in Iron Man 2. It was a risk that paid off in spades (plus, she was great in The Avengers), and there’s no way in hell that Kate Hudson could ever pull off that kind of career move.

In any event, it’s not like Scarlett really has to look over her shoulder or anything because Kate’s not going to be catching up with her anytime soon.

Scarlett Johansson

Kate Hudson

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  1. marie says:

    ha ha ha I forgot they were fighting over Timberlake once upon a time, gross.. Kate is cute but I don’t think she’s ever been that good of an actress, ScarJo is only slightly better..

    • Sandy says:

      ScarJo’s slightly better becuase she has different kinds of movies in her acting resume (Boleyn Girl, Match Point) while Kate’s movies are mostly a blur of bad romcoms to me.

    • mewmow says:

      The Timberlake thing was the funniest part of this article! ;-) I had forgotten about that also! :-D

    • polk8dot says:

      Kate Hudson has never been a TRUE actor. The way she portrays a role on the screen, it is obvious that there was no research, no character development, no care to set up physical and emotional traits for that character. Her whole acting philosophy seems to come down to ‘being a sunny, happy, funny, laughing SoCal girl, with no worries in the world’. Basically – being herself. That’s all she’s ever done in any acting job – played herself, in numerous reincarnations. There is so little that’s distinguishable in her roles, that you can practically intercut the scenes from any of her movies, and the whole thing would still look like it may be a single movie.
      That’s exactly the way Julia Roberts does her acting job – she’s EXACTLY the same in EVERYTHING she fricking does!
      ScarJo is not a good actress, either, but at least she seems to be aware of the process, and trying to develop her characters to some small extent. I always see her completely wooden, her delivery is flat and unemotional, her characters very one-dimensional. I think she might have grown into a good actress, but the association with Woody Allen did her all kinds of harm. She developed manerisms and quirks that he encouraged, which have no place in a ‘real-world’ movie. (as opposed to the ‘sick, old-pervert fantasies come to life’, with zero grounding in any realm of reality or probability).
      Honestly, if I had to choose, I’d still rather watch ScarJo. Watching Kate Hudson makes me feel like my brain cells are dying with each progressive minute of her movie.
      And as to their ‘beauty’ – come on now! Kate is barely passably pretty, with the blush of youth alreay gone, with too much botox, to many cosmetic procedures. She stopped looking real, normal; she’s following her mommy into the Hollyweird hell of unnecessary and excessive plastic surgery. ScarJO is, at least, still looking fresh and young and natural. I hope she does not mess with her face/body for a while yet. But honestly, neither is trully beautiful, and it is ridiculous to see them so described.

    • Raven says:

      I think both are good when properly cast. Kate Hudson lit up the screen in Almost Famous. Kate seems more interested in being famous, though. It seems all about who she is with. Remember all the publicity with A Rod?

  2. Naomi says:

    I never thought these two would be rivals for film parts.

  3. Turtle Dove says:

    At least Kate is likeable… “ScarJo”, not so much….

  4. neelyo says:

    I believe there’s at least a grain of truth there. Hudson seems rather petty. Neither one of them can act their way out of a make-up chair but Johannson has been smarter about her career management…or luckier.

  5. Eve says:

    Johansson grates on my nerves sometimes, but that’s nothing compared to what Kate Hudson makes me feel.

    Not particularly beautiful and, as an actress, worse than ScarJo (in my opinion). I also don’t buy her “nice girl” image. She is where she is because she’s the daughter of a famous couple.

    Cannot. Stand. Her.

    P.S.: I know this comes from Star magazine, but I believe Hudson can totally be that kind of girl.

  6. lisa2 says:

    I understand on some level her getting 20 million for that role. The movie made so much money. It’s fair to share the wealth. But what kind of money is she going to pull for other roles she does in movies that will never ever generate that kind of BO on her own. So she should milk it while it last.

    Super Hero movies make money. And he actors in them too. But for many of them outside those roles they are not pulling in Big BO numbers. I guess they don’t care so.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      That’s what I think, too. The reviews for the second Iron Man weren’t any great shakes and I think the franchise is booming in spite of her performance in that one. Part of the package, that’s all anyone is in these things.

  7. blacksred says:

    In my opinion Kate got her start because of who she is. And not to start a mommy war or anything but wasnt it Kate who took years off after having her kids?

  8. Leaf says:

    I’ve grown to love Scarjo during The Avengers press tour. Plus she’s was great in the movie. The only movie Kate was good in, was Almost famous, where she’s basically playing a empty shell. Not an Oscar worthy performance!

  9. cupidityrox! says:

    This story sounds like the plot from that silly movie of Kate’s “Bride Wars” trying to one up the other.. They both need to get over themselves. They’re nothing special

  10. M.GAYbender says:

    Hahah, Scarlett is Kate, 15 years are more ago…NEXT!

  11. Aiobhan says:

    Taking a grain of salt with this story because of the source but I can believe that Kate is an egotiscal brat. It is her fault that her career is in the shape that it is in. She, like Katherine Heigl and JA produce terrible romcoms that have no redeeming qualities. Scarlett is as interesting as foot fungus and was the least interesting part of the Avengers, but she has been lucky to work with some of the best directors working today. What did she do to deserve anything more than her usual rate for each film? Not a damn thing, imho.

  12. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Pretty much agree with every comment posted above. Neither of them are amazing talents but Team ScarJo because I can’t support any chick that is part of the modern-day RomCom tragedy. Kate’s career is in the sh*tter because she’s a mediocre actress that chooses AWFUL roles.

    • Chatcat says:

      Morning Kitten…I am sorry but I can’t pick a team between these two, nope can’t do it. Frankly I find them both average bottle blonde Hollywood actresses’, average in acting and average overall attractiveness. I just don’t get the appeal of either.

      • Miss Kiki says:

        I totally agree. ScarJo grates on every nerve I have, whilst even though I like Hudson (I attribute a lot of that to my love for Kurt)she has a lot to answer for with some of the down right atrocious films she’s made. I’ll happily let them knock ten bells out of each other

  13. jen7waters says:

    Kate, don’t mess with an Avenger!!

  14. alonsyalonso says:

    I think ScarJo only pulled it off in the Avengers because Joss Whedon knows how to write female characters IMO

    • Mia 4S says:

      OMG this! She was impossibly lame in Iron Man 2 and really good in the Avengers. The difference? Whedon.

      No way she is getting $20 million upfront for a sequel , back end deals will be in place that could potentially get her there if the sequel hits certain levels but no way upfront. Marvel is way too cheap for that. My guess is this is her PR is trying to position her as a top tier actress…dangerous when she has shown zero ability to deliver box office.

    • LondonLou81 says:

      Totally agree on this, Scarjo was so hideously superfluous in ‘Iron Man 2′ I thought at the time she was cast purely so the Director (who acts in it too) could perv on her in reality and in the narrative. Whedon can write well. The mark of a great actress and star is someone who can manage to make even steaming movie Shizer look good. These films prove this is not Scarjo. Nor Hudson, for that matter!

    • Jilliterate says:

      Big time. Whedon is one of the few folks out there who will write a female character as something other than a sexpot, and more than that, he knows how to take mediocre actors and make them shine. Case in point, her performance on Buffy was the best we’ve ever seen out of Sarah Michelle Gellar, and her career really hasn’t been the same. Any credit for Scarlett Johansson’s appearance in Avengers goes to Whedon, who really does his job as director.

  15. Aria says:

    Team Scarlet! Kate is another nepotism product. Hope she quits acting and becomes a full time gruppie. She excels on that one.

  16. Quinn says:

    Ugh…cannot stand Kate Hudson. It makes me want Scarlet to succeed, and I don’t particularly like her either.

  17. Talie says:

    Scarlett had a moment where she was flopping, but she put her head down and did the work, won a Tony, and now has this franchise. Kate doesn’t seem to be all that ambitious, probably because she’s always had the best of everything.

  18. hoya_chick says:

    If Scar Jo is getting $20 the rest of the cast must be getting triple that! I really doubt she’s getting that amount. She was the weakest link in the movie. She acts with her boobs and readjusting her lips and eyebrows. Also, I don’t care about this story. It’s so random. Kate Hudson hasnt been relevant since the early 2000s so who cares?!?

  19. lucy2 says:

    I know a lot of people don’t like Scarlett, but I think she’s a pretty solid actress who has been smart in choosing a variety of different roles. Hudson, on the other hand, has one of the worst resumes in Hollywood and has made extremely poor choices (two Matthew McConaughey rom coms – TWO!). She had one good breakout movie and then everything else has sucked. I don’t think she has anyone to blame but herself.

  20. RHONYC says:

    ‘it girl’?

    b*tch please. isn’t she like 40 now? that ship has sailed Kate.

    move on. :-(

  21. TG says:

    For me Scarlett has that something special quality where I just like to watch her on screen. Whereas Kate Hudson, is slightly annoying in her roles at times and her movies haven’t been that great. I love chick flicks but for the last 3 or more years they have been getting really stupid. All of Reece Witherspoon’s movies have been so stupid I can’t even watch. I don’t know if the quality of the chick flicks is changing or I am just getting older and more discriminating in my tastes.

  22. serena says:

    LOL that made me laugh, thanks I needed that. Anyway Kate is absolutely a fool if she thinks she can be an ‘it girl’, her movies sucks to be blunt.
    And it’s not just her acting but her choices..dull and plain character – à la Jennifer Aniston- always the same kind, in the same rom-coms.

    On the other hand Scarlett has been doing really good movies and choices (yes some are questionable but whatever) for the most part. She is a movie star, Kate is no more (maybe she was, but now no way).
    So, suck it up Kate, you’ll never be Scarjo level.

  23. anjessa says:

    In what world is Scarlett Johansson the “queen of Hollywood”?! I liked her in Avengers, but I don’t think anyone saw it because of her. Her role could have been played by any decent looking actress and the movie would have grossed just the same. She was in movies by Christopher Nolan, Frank Miller, Brian de Palma, Cameron Crowe and Michael Bay that all bombed. Her box office draw is still zero and she has never even been nominated for an Oscar. Newsflash Kate Hudson: There are about 20 actresses you should be jealous of before you get to Scarlett.

    • the opinion says:

      People tend to place Actors/Actress’ in a non-working category. They are working people whose jobs and careers can compare to any other profession EXCEPT for two BIG differences the MONEY and RECOGNITION. We people outside that industry view it like they are special proven by the conversations who is a “bigger star” or who is a movie star, “ A & B “ listers. This is a job that they get paid to do. If they are on the cover of a magazine, wearing clothes, or selling perfume, they make money. None of their careers are etched in stone. All of them have the potential to become big or bigger on any given part. $20 million may not be enough!!

  24. bns says:

    Whatever. I don’t like either one of them.

  25. The Original Mia says:

    Kate Hudson has always had an overrated sense of self. Have never liked. Never thought she could act her way out of a holey paper bag, so it’s always befuddled me why she continued to get cast.

    On the other hand, I’ve always loved Scarlett since she was a kid. My love was cemented with the Avengers. She was amazing, which had to do with Joss’ writing and direction, but still…far better actress than Kate Hudson.

  26. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    You think SJ’s semi-annual rhinoplasties pay for themselves?

  27. Minty says:

    Put those two in Celebrity Deathmatch, LOL.

    I don’t pay that much attention to them, but both are overrated as actors. Kate is a serial monogamist with a lovely smile and the advantage of nepotism. Scarlett has a healthy figure (and rack), an average face, and fronts like she’s intellectual.

  28. Barbara says:

    Kate will always be “Goldies’ daughter, Scarlett is an actress…and a good one to boot!

  29. Katyusha says:

    Everytime I see the name “Kingston,” I’m reminded of my horse trailer.

  30. mercy says:

    The Star often runs stories that are favourable to Scarlett. Odd for a tabloid of their nature.

    Movieline did not confirm a $20 million payday for the Avengers sequel. Follow the link they provided as their source. They quoted the NY Post, who in turn quoted a British tabloid. As someone else said, her people are trying to capitalise on the success of the Avengers and position her as a leading lady capable of commanding the highest salaries and filling seats. Note the Angelina Jolie comparison in the stories. Why not? That’s their job, and I’m sure the men made a pretty penny.

    Kate Hudson goes for the money and top billing status. That’s partly why her career has suffered. There simply aren’t that many great lead roles for women. She’s not a great actress, but I’ll take her performance as Penny Lane in Almost Famous over anything Scarlett has done.

  31. GirlyGirl says:

    Here’s a tip for Kate Hudson – Try reading the script to your next movie BEFORE you decide to do it.

  32. phoenix says:

    It amazes me how much tabloid attention Kate Hudson gets. She hasn’t made a hit movie in ages.

    The thing that really disturbes me is I was watching a Goldie Hawn movie the other day and I had to stop watching because she reminded me so much of Kate. I loved Goldie but Kate not so much. They are so eerily similar.

    I have always liked ScarJo. Her movie choices have been great.

    • mercy says:

      She’s defo not shy, but if this story came from anyone’s publicist (and wasn’t made up from scratch, like the Star usually does) it was Scarlett’s.

      Being Goldie’s daughter and having two children also guarantees coverage. Tabloids love kids of celebrities and babies. I still see Goldie followed around, too. Love Goldie. Kate doesn’t have a patch on mother’s natural charisma and charm, and she looks more like her father to me, to be honest.

  33. Barbara says:

    I don’t know what the big deal with ScarJo is… okay she’s getting a lot of money and that’s important… but she’s getting it for a superhero movie. It’s not like she’s there making money because she’s starring amazing movies with great acting.
    There’s a big difference between a great movie and a very profitable movie. Yeah, Avengers is a great flick but I think you understand what I mean. I think Keira Knightley is more successful and a better actress for the kind of movies she does. The kind that requires some quality in their acting. I think Scarlett had it in her at some point, but lost it. As for Kate Hudson, I’ll just say it’s not only her movies that are a joke (normally bad ones).
    So Scarlett may be the most successful right now (along with Kristen Stewart, that was the highest paid movie actress this year) money wise, but she’s far from the best quality, not necessarily because of her talent, but because of her movie’s choices (and men’s I can’t not mention it, lol).
    Kate Hudson… this article would make a lot more sense if she was jealous of… I don’t know… Jessica Biel because that’s her kind of competition nowadays.

    • Jordan says:

      I don’t know if this is a go-to people use without thinking, but acting should be good in any movie, whether it is an action or high brow English royalty type movie. I’m not sure why it’s assumed that just b/c it’s an action movie, the acting is bad but I guess that’s why the old fogies that vote on the Oscars just simply write in whatever English actor/actress and movie is popular at the moment and call it a day?

  34. Newtsgal says:

    While Kate Hudson has riden on the coattails of the vagina lottery, along the rode of pickin’ bad movies roles….ScarJo has obviously made the right choices and worked hard.

  35. valleymiss says:

    Kate started off strong in Almost Famous (sorry, but I thought she was perfect as Penny Lane) and then got really, really lazy in the roles she picked. Maybe she wasn’t offered much better? Having said that, I’m no big ScarJo fan either. She is fairly wooden. Anyone could have been cast in The Avengers and done just as well or better – Anne Hathaway, Mila Kunis, even a beefed-up Keira Knightley or Kate Bosworth. Oh that’s right – I said it!

    A lot of these chicks need to vary their roles. I’d love to see Angelina in a comedy of any kind. I’d love to see Aniston in an action role. Gimme Kate Hudson in an action role and so on. It’s always the same old sh*t. Lol

  36. Rose says:

    Kate Hudson used to be an American sweetheart, made a few good movies, and now she’s annoying as hell. Wouldn’t be surprising if she were petty. Probably expected everyone to be kissing her ass because her mom is a big deal (Goldie is awesome btw.)
    Also, her brother Oliver is underrated–he’s on a decent sitcom, seriously hot, and is very likeable as an actor.

    Did you see Kate in Something Borrowed? Sociopath

  37. ZenB!tch says:

    ScarJo is getting $20 million, Renner got a huge raise as well and goodness knows how much RDJ costs…. HOW MUCH IS THAT FILM GOING TO COST???

    My inner sexist sow is all for ScarJo making as much as the others. She’s a better actress than Thor is an actor. But hello? It’s an ensemble what is the budget?

  38. ZenB!tch says:

    While ScarJo is not beloved by all women, I think Kate Hudson is seen as a pathetic, man crazy, desperate joke by most women.

    Yet, Kate Hudson keeps making movies aimed at women. Whereas, ScarJo varies it more.

    • A Girl Named Mikki says:

      This ^^^. But for the life of me, I don’t get the contempt for ScarJo!

      She seems like a focused, starlet who’s personable and doesn’t get into much scandal. Or did I miss something?

      And let’s not even focus on TALENT because dare I comment on what Hollywood has been shoveling at us in terms of actors/actresses in the past decade or so??

  39. dj says:

    Kate seems to not care about acting as much as men (even though she seems settled down right now). SJ meh.

  40. Sara says:

    Kate really disappoints with her movie choices and implants. She was so fresh and promising but now I just wonder what she did to her face and why she’s in such horrible movies.

    At least ScarJo has range. Vicky Cristina Barcelona was nothing like the Other Boleyn Girl and nothing like Avengers. Those movies might not have been big money makers but they were decent.

  41. Ravensdaughter says:

    Kate Hudson: C-list.
    Scarlett: A-list
    Grudge-who cares?

  42. bgirl says:

    I’d rather look like Kate any day of the week.

  43. ToastedSkin says:

    ScarJo strikes me as kind of dull. Like having a conversation with her would be extremely boring. Maybe it’s the sleepy voice?
    I did love her in avengers though.

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  45. Kosmos says:

    I would love nothing more than for Kate to “dethrone” ScarJo….but sadly, I don’t think she’s a big enough actress to do it. Too bad…

  46. Aud says:

    Kate Hudson has been banking in on her mother’s name and fame for a while and it hasn’t worked. She doesn’t even have an ounce of her mother’s talent.

  47. Adrien says:

    I actually liked Kate in Gossip, Almost Famous and Skeleton Key. She’s the only interesting bit in Something Borrowed.

  48. merlin says:

    Kate is such a crap actor that even a wooden stick in her place could do a better job than her. Scarlett on the other hand is a million times hotter than her and is a much better actor!

  49. normades says:

    ScarJo may have lucked out on the Avengers saving her career, but I don’t think she’s that in demand otherwise. And Kate…not at all. They have both been surpassed by the “new” generation (Stone, jLaw et al.)

    I think kate should watch over her husband instead…I see Bellamy cheating on her soon.

  50. Holden says:

    First of all, Scarlett Johansson is the queen of Hollywood? Second, Kate Hudson makes the worst movies ever, she made the decision to accept all of those horrible romcom roles, now she’s paying the piper.