Kate Hudson: ‘When I got really famous, there was so many lies’

It seems like Kate Hudson is reflecting a lot on her career lately. The past few things I’ve read about her have been about her thoughts on nepotism, and her famous roles, interspersed with stuff about her upcoming, but still unplanned wedding. Kate recently appeared on Kelly Ripa’s podcast (everyone has a podcast) and talked about getting a lot of media attention early in her career and how it affected her self-image and love life.

Kate Hudson is getting real about life in the limelight.

During an appearance on the Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa podcast, Hudson reflected on garnering so much media attention in the earlier days of her career.

“When I got really famous, there was so many lies,” said the Glass Onion actress, 43. “It was so weird because in my mind it felt so unjust, like this is unfair.”

Opening up about her experience, Hudson continued, “They were so mean to women. I mean, the body-shaming from being too skinny to too fat to then going up your skirt and the cellulite.”

The star added that her celebrity status also impacted her love life.

“I couldn’t speak to a man without being partnered with him. I couldn’t sit and say hello to someone,” she said. “There was so much of it at such a rate that I couldn’t in any way comprehend that I just realized I need to figure out how to not care about any of this.”

At one point, Hudson said she refused to let it get to her.

“It was so negative,” she said. “You just realize that you’re letting them win the more you feel bad. If I’m going to allow this negative energy to get into me, then they win. I’ve given them all my power.”

[From People]

Kate’s completely right that media is so mean to women. And I’d argue that it still is, but it has moved more from the actual outlets being mean to social media meanness in the comments. Everyone has an opinion and the ones most often shared are the negative ones. And still, to this day, everyone gets body-shamed no matter what size they are. Women’s bodies are a constant topic of conversation and of course it impacts your self-image to be scrutinized like that so consistently. I do remember people being kind of mean about her love life too. Maybe Kate wasn’t even dating as much as we thought according to her comments on the podcast, but I remember people would call her “man-eater” and stuff like there was something wrong with enjoying single life. I think the tide has turned on that though because I don’t see much commentary on her kids’ fathers. But three kids with three dads is positively quaint considering some of the stuff that male celebs get up to. Anyway, good for Kate for no longer letting negativity get to her. If she could bottle that and sell it, she’d make a killing.

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  1. ❌❌❌Tart ❌❌❌ says:

    The thing is she knew the trade off (female parent’s experience) for the lucrative lifestyle.

    • Tulipworthy says:

      Are you proud of yourself for victim blaming?

      • ❌❌❌Tart ❌❌❌ says:

        Stating the truth about her nepo baby relationship to Glodie Shawn. And how, due to this attachment, she was privy to information, knowledge, and and understanding of HOW Hollywood works that she, during her own career, could early in her own career shared and helped to push back against for the sake of herself and others. She has now repeated the rewards from thus system and is living comfortably from this same system. Now that she not the young lead, she has NOW decided to speak out. How brave.

    • Kitten says:

      But how does that change anything she said? We actually HAVE seen a cultural shift in the past 20 years in terms of how the media treats famous women. We’re not where we need to be but at least we’re trending in the right direction. Isn’t that what we all want–more sensitivity; more equity?

  2. Chaine says:

    The biggest lies were that she has any talent whatsoever of that any of her films were worth the ticket price

    • Southern Fried says:

      Lol! Agree. She ruined the second season of Truth Be Told with Octavia Spencer on Apple+, ruined it. Happy to report the 3rd season is great. Gabrielle Union is featured in 3.

    • EBS says:

      I liked Almost Famous a lot.

      • Sue E Generis says:

        But she didn’t carry the movie.

      • EBS says:

        No one said she did? The reply was to a person who said that none of her films were worth the ticket price. I thought that one was (shrugs).

    • Elsa says:

      Wow. I couldn’t disagree more. She has been amazing in everything and she was a huge part of why Almost Famous was great.

    • shanaynay says:

      Agreed! I don’t think she’s a great actress at all.

  3. Katie Beanstalk says:

    For some reason I haven’t seen any of her movies except for half an hour of Raising Helen. I don’t know why, I just haven’t.

  4. Pinkosaurus says:

    Wow these comments are harsh. She doesn’t have huge range but I find her charming and charismatic on screen. She’s great in roles that play to her strengths.

    • SarahCS says:

      I agree and having watched her in Glass Onion recently I loved her in that!

    • GrnieWnie says:

      yeah, she was pretty entertaining in Glass Onion.

    • Kitten says:

      She’s not Meryl Streep but she has good screen presence and a lot of charm.

    • Bread and Circuses says:

      For that matter, her mother Goldie Hahn didn’t have huge range or depth as an actress, but she was cute as a button, and she got the job done.

      And Goldie is considered a major star. So who is to say whether anyone “deserves” this sort of success; it appears to be a lot of luck as to whether people in Hollywood start buying into an actor.

  5. Sue E Generis says:

    Kate Hudson seems incredibly superficial and self-centered. Like Goop.

    • bananapanda says:

      I wouldn’t underestimate her – like Goldie, people think the bubbly blonde is dumb but both of them are more diligent than you’d think, especially in raising kids and putting in the work. Goldie was a dancer, trained singer and Kate did a lot of summer theater work before she was allowed to take any acting jobs.

      I found myself impressed with Kate (and annoyed with Oliver, who comes off flippant and lazy) on their podcast Sibling Revelry which tackles some interesting family dynamics – they had a psychologist on there talking about family estrangement and that’s not a topic most people talk about often.

    • LaPlatanera says:

      I didn’t have an opinion either way until she came into my store and wasted my sales team’s time. She narrowed her selection then decided to be coy and remove her sunglasses so we’d know who she was. I get that these people receive free stuff all the time but if her mother can pay full price for things, she’s perfectly capable of doing so too. Got the oddest vibes from her and the boyfriend.

  6. Lilly (with the double-L) says:

    She’s got a star quality and I adored her in The Glass Onion. There are many nuances she brought to her role.

  7. Hootenannie says:

    I’m glad she’s at peace with body commentary but I wish she would acknowledge she got implants, since she wants to have this conversation. It’s easy to talk about once you’ve literally modified your body in response.

    • H says:

      Yeah I remember back then, while she was still riding the post-Almost Famous high, tabloids would praise her for her thinness, at one point bragging on her behalf about how the gown she was wearing was in the original sample size worn by the runway models and did not have to be altered. Cool cool cool!

  8. blue says:

    I find her actual talent very minimal. If she weren’t a nepo, she’d be nowhere.

  9. Amanda says:

    My goodness, y’all were eating big bowls of Salty Flakes this morning.

    • Bread and Circuses says:

      Yeah, it’s weirdly pissy and petty in here today, isn’t it?

      • Ms single malt says:

        Has the comments on the site shifted to a more nasty tone recently? I used to read the comments and nod in agreement or appreciate learning something new from a different perspective. Now I often shake my head at the bitterness, saltiness or jaded views. Yes – it’s cele b it c h y. Sigh …

      • Katie Beanstalk says:

        She’s complaining about the disadvantages of fame which annoys people who think she didn’t have to work hard to get famous.

      • Fabiola says:

        Some people have miserable lives and it comes out in their comments.

  10. ML says:

    Um, apparently a lot of people have very strong feelings about KH… I’m not sure why? I enjoyed her in “How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days” and in “Glass Onion.”

    • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

      Forgot about HTLGTD!

    • Anners says:

      Kate and I are close in age. I loved her in How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days and I really enjoyed her in Glass Onion, but I remember after Almost Famous how she was touted as the next it girl and I really disliked her (jealous maybe?). I was tired of all the very thin cool gals pushed on us in the late 90s/early aughts, cuz I was never thin, cool, or blonde enough and it sucked. This is a very long way of saying I despised her in my youth and thought she was hugely overrated and now that I’m in my 40s she’s fine and I appreciate what she has to offer.

  11. AnneL says:

    I would hate being scrutinized like that all the time, too. It does come with the territory and being the daughter of a celebrity, she must have known that on some level. But maybe you don’t really know until it’s you in the limelight.

    I think she’s a pretty good actress and she can light up a screen. Give her a good project like “Almost Famous” and she’ll shine. Give her a so-so one like “Raising Helen” and she’s just OK. In either case, she doesn’t deserve to be hated on for her body or her love life.

  12. NMB says:

    As she ages, I think she looks more and more like her mom.

  13. HeyKay says:

    I find Kate Hudson pretty “Meh” in everything I’ve seen her in.
    If she wasn’t born to Goldie, she’d never have the career she does.
    Completely replaceable.
    I don’t care about her personal relationships or her private life at all.

    She was born into wealth, her bio Father is Bill Hudson, a millionaire.
    Her Stepfather is Kurt Russell, Mom is Goldie Hawn, Her Ex is Chris, singer from the Black Crowes, her current partner ALL these people are millionaires.
    She is surrounded by wealth, she is talking now bc she is no longer the ingenue and is trying to find a new niche to settle into.

    No one cares if she marries or is planning a wedding.

  14. M says:

    Some women are protected by the commenters on this site, and others, like Kate, get cold and nasty treatment with justifications like “so what? Her mother paved her way” or “she’s empty inside and I can’t stand her movies.”

    For us to be valued in society it starts with us – women- siding with women. All the time. So tired of seeing a lot of y’all complaining about how unfair the world or media is to women and then get nasty and defensive when called out in comments because you’re “allowed to not like her movies” or “she’s empty like Goop”. Soooo many men are like Kate and no one gives them the scathing commentary. It’s exhausting being a woman and this collection of comments is why.

    • otaku fairy says:

      Yep. Typical Not Like Other Girls bullshit.

    • H says:

      TBH maybe part of the reason that happens is that famous women rarely take responsibility for how they contribute to and participate in patriarchy. Kate Hudson was perfectly willing to hold herself up as an example of what we all should be and had no problems elevating herself at the expense of other women. There’s never any talk of that! I would love to see some self awareness. The people who make their living by making us all feel like shit don’t really deserve my empathy. They already got my self esteem.

      • otaku fairy says:

        Everybody has contributed to patriarchy in some way, even the respectable tomboys and classy women who think they have the moral high ground. At some point in adulthood we have to take responsibility for our own self-esteem, and free ourselves from that YA novel us vs. them narrative that makes us feel like anything other women have going for them makes it revolutionary to celebrate a lack of empathy for them. It’s stunting, and incels are using that narrative to their advantage. It gets exhausting being expected to always verify that a woman checks off every box that you do or has as little as you before you’re allowed to care what she has to say about misogyny. Men and boys don’t really seem to have that pressure as much when it comes to how they react to the struggles of other, more privileged men and boys. I don’t really know much about this particular woman though. Hopefully she didn’t do anything to awful.

  15. Pulplove says:

    I actually liked her in “How to Lose a Guy in 10 days”, she was really funny, charming, and cute.

    She was great in “Almost Famous” and “The Skeleton Key” and charismatic in “Raising Helen”. Granted, these films are quite old now, but I think she does have talent.

  16. HeyKay says:

    Just googled Kate Hudson net worth and several reports claim she is worth $80Million.

    At 43 y/o, 3 healthy kids and the majority of her inner circle are multi-millionaires themselves, I can’t work up a lot of empathy for her.
    Nepo baby. Just like Goopy.

    If either of these 2 were unknowns off the bus from Nebraska, they’d still be struggling for acting jobs. Their connections alone must have opened many, many doors.

  17. Meg says:

    C’mon now people….if you don’t have anything nice to say, say nothing……until you’ve walked in the other persons shoes….
    Shame on y’all

  18. Ann says:

    Shouldn’t it be ‘were’?