Oliver Hudson: My sister Kate ‘is incredible, the way she handles her life’

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I am not surprised to discover the sibling rivalry thing doesn’t really exist in the Goldie Hawn/Kurt Russell family. Case in point, dreamy Nashville alum Oliver Hudson took some time out of promoting his upcoming ABC sitcom, Splitting Up Together, at the Television Critics Association this week to gush about his younger sister, Kate.

At ABC’s TCA bash in LA on Monday, Oliver boasted, “My sister is in the most amazing place right now.” He went on to sing her praises, saying “She’s incredible. She’s always been incredible – the way she handles her life, the way she handles her kids, the way she handles her breakup — she is someone to look up to and someone to study. She’s happy and knows how to deal and knows how to emote and knows how to get angry and then knows how to pull it back. She’s on fire right now.”

I’m not sure if I’d call Kate’s life and career “on fire”, but Golden Globes gown fail aside, she seems to be doing alright, especially in the family department. She celebrated her one year (dating) anniversary with musician Danny Fujikawa back in December and just helped her son with Chris Robinson, Ryder, blow out the candles on his 14th birthday cake. On Monday, the proud Mom posted a pic of Ryder decked out in full motocross gear to Instagram.

Career-wise, Kate’s not so much “on fire” as opposed to running on a “warm to medium heat.” Her party planning book, Pretty Fun, has been well-received and the film she chopped off her locks for, the Sia-directed Sister, should hit screens sometime soon. But, hey, she’s got her brother’s public admiration, so I guess that’s pretty cool.

Speaking of Kate and the Golden Globes, the actress took a walk down memory lane on the red carpet on Sunday, sharing her experience winning the Best Supporting Actress award for Almost Famous back in 2001. She told E!’s Ryan Seacrest, “I was so nervous. I remember that I thought I would remember everything and I wrote it down on a piece of paper and I had to look at it.” She received the award from Tom Cruise, which she recalled was “pretty cool,” cool enough still that Kate posted a throwback pic from the ceremony on Instagram.

And, showing she’s a gal after my own liver, Kate told Ryan one more standout memory from that night in 2001, admitting, “I remember getting really drunk, that was my night.”

So, enough about Kate, let’s get back to Oliver. I’m giddy he’s coming back to TV and optimistic about his new project. The show, Splitting Up Together, stars Oliver and Jenna Fischer as a couple who divorce after 12 years, but decide to stay under the same roof to raise their kids. The show is based on a Danish series and comes from writer Emily Kapnek, responsible for two of my favorite “gone but not forgotten” ABC sitcoms, Suburgatory and Selfie (RIP).

During a recent TCA panel, Oliver, who I forgot was on Rules of Engagement for many years, said he was glad to return to comedy, stating, “This to me is very different. “It read differently to me, there was something deep about it, something different about it…this has a lot of heart.” Jenna, who said she wanted to “get some distance” from The Office before returning to TV, added, “While it’s a show about two people who are divorced, I don’t think you have to be divorced to be able to relate to the show. It was just such a rich world, but told so beautifully and warmly.” Splitting Up Together premieres on March 27, so, if you miss Oliver as much as I do, you’ll want to mark your calendar.

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  1. Rapunzel says:

    I liked him a lot in Scream Queens. I feel less enthusiastic about Kate.

  2. Here or There says:

    I feel like Kate asked him to talk her up this much.

  3. No shade. I’m very lucky to have a close relationship with my brother.

    • Raina says:

      Yeah I’m not seeing the shade here. Actually seems pretty cool of her brother and they always came across as a tight family. I’m at the point more and more where I wanna see the positive in whatever I can.

  4. Myhairisfullofsecrets says:

    I really like Kate and I think it’s great that her brother speaks so highly of her. I think it’s genuine. No snark from me.

  5. smcollins says:

    I’m neutral when it comes to Oliver Hudson, but he seems like a nice guy. I’ve made it fairly clear on this site that I’m not a Kate fan, something about her just irritates the hell out of me. I can’t believe Ryder is 14, though! Time really does fly.

  6. Lizzie says:

    kate hudson and her brothers seem to have awesome relationships. they are constantly on each other’s social media. it is evident they spend a ton of time together. it must be cool for their kids to spend so much time with their cousins. i don’t have siblings but i wish i got along better with my SIL’s and that we were close and could have fun socializing. i’m not sure he meant her career was on fire as much as like – her life. maybe he sees her as balanced and happy and that is what he means by on fire.

  7. blonde555 says:

    Meh. If on fire he means a sting of failed relationships and mediocre movies then sure. “The way she handles her breakup” is column-worthy?! Sure. She’s on fire.

    • Raina says:

      Lots of people have a string of breakups and struggle in their career so her careers doing great in comparison to a lot of other people’s right now. Nepotism and all.
      Her bills are paid and her kids are healthy.

  8. Wen says:

    It must be a slow news day.

  9. gatorbait says:

    Are we so cynical we can’t believe they have a good relationship? Wow. Maybe he really adores his sister. Something I wish one of my brothers did. Not in reference to the author of this post. Just the comments. It’s depressing.

  10. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    The syntax abuse in the lead quote drives me batty.

  11. Ash says:

    Ok I got a bit of gossip on this. Don’t get too excited bc it’s real old!! But I have a friend who was very close with Oliver’s wife. She said he’s lovely, a great guy, all the things he seems to be. Great family, blah blah. She did say that Kate’s incredibly needy, whiny, insecure and narcissistic. I guess they’d make fun of her for when she was married to Chris it was all about her. She wanted him there every second and needed him to validate how beautiful and wonderful she was all the time. She’d whine when he’d go off with the band and focus on his career. I don’t think this will surprise many! Maybe she’s grown up a bit.

  12. Renee says:

    I think he’s so cute. Love Jenna too. I’m looking forward to this show.

  13. KiddV says:

    Wow, Ryder is a cute kid. He looks a lot like his Hudson grandfather, but he still looks like Chris.

    I like Oliver Hudson, he plays dumb/pretty well. I loved the show Rules of Engagement.

  14. justcrimmles says:

    Suburgatory, i’m still mad they cancelled it! 😒

    I liked Rules of Engagement, still watch it if it’s on. He was so good playing despicable on Nashville. These two don’t bug me. And now her first kid is fourteen. I need to go be alone and feel old for a while.

  15. daisie-b says:

    Over the Chrisrmas/New Year break in tv schedules, I was looking for a very long series to stream. Dawson’s Creek was my choice. I was pleasantly surprised when Oliver Hudson appeared, without any fanfare, in season 6. He looked kind of skinny, but as an actor he was very well filled out. In Nashville, I thought that his was one of the best performances. He could go back and forth so convincingly from tender to cruel. Kate’s career peeked at Almost Famous, Now that the secret of the way the entertainment industry really works is out, it explains why the same actors work constantly and why other more talented ones are passed over.

  16. Hashtagwhat says:

    Oliver Hudson’s instagram is legitimately funny. That’s all I’ve got.

  17. Meg says:

    This was one big ad for the show

  18. LittlefishMom says:

    I don’t like either one of them. There’s something about each of them that I just don’t care for. Is my vibe on both of them wrong?