Kate Hudson didn’t drink alcohol to prepare for her bikini scene in Glass Onion

I saw Glass Onion over the holidays and enjoyed it as much as everyone else who streamed it. I liked the new caper, and I particularly loved the performances, even though I think Rian Johnson should be arrested for having Janelle Monáe and Leslie Odom, Jr. in the same film and not a single musical number. While I thought everyone was delightful, I was particularly pleased with Kate Hudson. I felt she lent something to this role I haven’t seen from her in a while. She was delightful. Of course, why discuss a woman over 40’s performance when you can talk about her body? So that’s what This Morning and People focused on instead. For the scene that has the cast in and around the pool, Kate’s flaky Birdie Jay character wears a cute orange biking while lounging under an umbrella. To get – or for Kate probably maintain – bikini ready, she stayed away from alcohol until they yelled cut on that that scene. While the rest of the cast was swimming in Ouzo and Aperol Spritzes under the Grecian sun, Kate was sucking on cucumber water, eyeing the wine jug and thinking “sooooon.”

Kate Hudson had to show a special kind of restraint while filming Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.

During a Wednesday appearance on This Morning, the 43-year-old actress revealed that she abstained from drinking alcohol before shooting a poolside scene in which her character wears a bikini.

“While everyone else was having Aperol Spritzes in Greece, I was just waiting for that scene to be shot so I could just join everybody,” Hudson said of the ensemble cast, led by Daniel Craig and also including Dave Bautista, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr, Janelle Monáe, Madelyn Cline, Jessica Henwick and Edward Norton.

“Everybody was having a great time and I was like, ‘I’ll take that cucumber and feta,’ ” Hudson quipped of her pre-bikini-scene experience playing her “bold, very loud, tone-deaf, not-that-smart” character, socialite Birdie Jay.

[From People]

I’m not surprised. Alcohol is a great way to add bloat and that’s not something you want when you’re shooting in a bikini. Birdie Jay is a former model, so she would be conscious, this isn’t exactly breaking news. It’s kind of funny this is a point being made because they paid such attention to draw in crows feet on Kate and emphasize Birdie’s fight with aging. But I guess showing a middle-aged woman who isn’t a size four is a bridge too far. Kate works hard for her figure, though, so she should be allowed to show it off however she wants on screen. Lord knows no one is asking me to appear in a bikini anywhere.

Not to beat a dead horse but while Kate did look lovely in scene and the bikini was darling, she delivered a great line when Janelle’s character surprised her. I laughed out loud. Wish they’d asked Kate about that instead, it’s more interesting.

Photo credit: John Wilson/Netflix

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  1. TikiChica says:

    She was indeed great. And that colour changing dress? So stunning!

    • Sewing sallie says:

      Everyone on the sewing reddit group has been freaking out over that rainbow fabric-someone finally found it and its $130/yard and you need at least 3 yards to get the full rainbow print. Some day!

  2. Noki says:

    This is one of the nepotism actors that had too much pressure on them and then landed with a thud. It’s hard being compared to a delight like Goldie Hawn,i honestly thought she retired I never hear about her in anything.

    • Mariana says:

      You know she has an Oscar, right?

      • Noki says:

        Still find her bland.She was so over hyped during that Almost Famous period but it was just some nepo PR, long term she has proved to be just a nothing burger.

      • Lightpurple says:

        She has a nomination; she didn’t win. Goldie has an Oscar; Kate doesn’t.

      • The Old Chick says:

        Nom for supporting, not a win. It was almost famous. She seems to play herself most of the time in my opinion. I agree, I thought she’d retired. She’s pretty basic as an actor but in AF it worked. And again as birdy, she was great probably the same reason.. Plus she was well written

      • Becks1 says:

        She “just” has the nomination, but I find her delightful. I love love love How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days.

      • Mariana says:

        Gotcha. I do really enjoy her so maybe I’m overly defensive in regards to her being associated with the nepo-baby discussion!

    • Concern Fae says:

      There have been actors and actresses of narrow range who shine with the right director and role since the beginning of Hollywood. She was smart to get into the fitness wear biz.

    • tealily says:


    • Elsa says:

      I think she is wonderful. Brilliant in Almost Famous (one of my favorite movies) and really good in everything else. She reminds me of my youngest daughter.

  3. Becks1 says:

    I thought she was one of the best ones in the movie. She was just so delightfully clueless as Birdie Jay.

  4. Flower says:

    Her character portrayal was great – just the right amount of crazy without tipping into the arena of caricature.

  5. Asp says:

    This kind of info is so important to know. Unless you have a very specific (freakish) genetic leaning, to look like a movie star takes no-fun rigour, ie cucumber water while everyone else is having a blast.

    • Concern Fae says:

      I’ve heard male actors talking about this too. That they have to get to peak fitness for a shirtless scene, so they need to know exactly when those scene(s) will be filmed. Articles about the toxic fitness routines men do will talk about the dehydration necessarily for muscles to pop like that, so that is another factor.

    • Emmi says:

      I very much appreaciate how Kate Hudson has never been coy about it and has always been upfront about the fact that her body involves work. She was delightful in the movie.

  6. SarahCS says:

    I loved all the characters and thought the casting choices were bang on, I agree that she did a brilliant job with Birdie and looked fabulous throughout. Excellent work!

  7. Laura-Lee MacDonald says:

    I loved her performance in a way I have not enjoyed her work since “How to Lose A Guy..”

    Also, that bikini (I’m POSITIVE!) is from Andrea Iyamah, and she’s a Black designer who makes stunning swimwear, loungewear, etc. Someday, I will go on a tropical vacation and I will splurge to buy her pieces to wear there.


    • Pamspam says:

      Oh my gosh – looking at the site now and these designs are so fun! Best part – you can order different sized tops and bottoms!

    • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

      Oh my, thanks for that bookmark! Those clothes are amazing.

      The movie was just what I needed over the holidays lol.

  8. SquiddusMaximus says:

    Loved the movie — what a joy! — but I’ll be honest: I find Kate to be a bit one-note and over the top. Kind of an over-actor, kind of relies on the same default expressions and mannerisms. It brings me no joy to say this, but even on rewatching Almost Famous, she’s not particularly good. She as a person, however, seems pleasant and fun and such. Just not my cup of acting tea.

  9. Orangeowl says:

    I thought Kate was good in the film but I hadn’t seen her in a while and found her obvious facial work distracting. In contrast, Kathryn Hahn looks a lot more real. Kate is younger than Katherine but you wouldn’t know it – I think the work ages her.

    • Mcmmom says:

      Funny, because I thought Kathryn Hahn’s casting was off – I had trouble seeing her as a governor.

      The movie was great, though – I loved it and can’t wait for the third.

  10. Shannon says:

    I had read that Kaley Cuoco tried out for the role and was devastated she didn’t get it, so when I watched it I couldn’t help but compare Kate’s performance to what I imagined Kaley’s would’ve been. I think Kaley would’ve been the better choice – she’s a better actress imo and has great comedic timing. Probably not quite old enough to play Birdy, but when has that ever stopped a casting.

    • Nem says:

      Kaley was too young.
      it was refreshing to see actresses beyond 35 in the principal roles. It did serve the story : the group of friend who had real life hardships without nepotism boost, and succeeded as mature adults.
      On the opposite side of the age spectrum kade hudson PA, and dave bautista gf co youtuber struggle depending on others, when mature cast tries to stay on top.

    • Twin Falls says:

      In the ditzy blonde role, I agree Kaley brings a bit more depth but I’m not sure that’s what this role called for?

      Goldie has a little extra something that Kate doesn’t have but I think Kate does a great job at picking roles she’s good in.

  11. Granger says:

    Count me in as someone who finds Kate a bland, one-note actor who wouldn’t be where she is today if she weren’t the daughter of a very famous and beloved star. But I enjoyed her in Glass Onion. I think she did a great job, and it must have been a hoot to play that role. As for the focus on her figure… It’s kind of primarily what Kate Hudson is known for these days anyway, isn’t it? I feel like I rarely see photos of her anymore where she isn’t in a skimpy bathing suit, workout gear, or dress. She is clearly very proud of her body, and has every right to be, so I doubt she’s ever going to shy away from a conversation that focuses on how amazing she looks.

  12. Plums says:

    She was definitely the standout in the collection of “disruptors”. I thought she was absolutely hilarious. It was the same sort of role in the cast that Toni Collette had in the first movie, and she was the hilarious standout in that one.

  13. Miranda says:

    Her performance wowed me. She was fun. Had depth. Had amazing chemistry with everyone. Her reaction shots were delightful and that WARDROBE!

    • Scal says:

      I was bummed to find out ALL her looks except the bikini were custom made by the costume designer. They need to start a fashion line-I would buy that jumpsuit in a second!

  14. Coco says:

    I’m going to disagree with a lot of people in the comment section but I thought Kate was forgettable as Birdie. She just played a dumb version of her self I’m not sure if that’s what people like.

    • Asp says:

      I don’t think she was meant to be particularly likeable, right? I mean, you were really supposed to dislike all of them except the sister and the detective.

      • Coco says:

        I didn’t mean that people like the character. I meant that people thought she did “amazing” in the role.

  15. tealily says:

    She was so good in this, and I’m not a Kate fan-girl at all. I thought she was the best of a sea of wonderful performances. She has always been so disciplined with her exercise and diet. She looks great.

  16. Annaloo. says:

    Kate plays only two roles: bubbly or unbubbly while speaking

  17. Anonycat says:

    I agree with Kaiser that it is sad that they focused so much on the physical aspect of Kate’s performance. I thought her character was interesting commentary on those who thought the pandemic is a plandemic. Especially with the L/ana Del King mask that she wore. I would have wanted more on her process in general and which lines were her favourite.

    In general, partial nudity scenes are hard on actors (ok in this case a bikini scene). Male actors are also increasingly speaking about how hard the preparations are. The actress who played Dave Bautista’s and Ed Norton’s girlfriend must have had a tough time. She was in a bikini top and shorts the whole time

  18. Nicegirl says:

    Great movie. Loved Kate as Birdie. Amazing ensemble cast.

    Agree re alcohol.