In her various roles as movie star, retail entrepreneur, and wellness advocate, Kate Hudson leads a very active life. She’s the kind of woman whose indomitable
spirit is both empowering and engaging. Drawing on the life lessons handed down to her by her mother Goldie Hawn and stepfather Kurt Russell, Hudson is unapologetically independent-minded and uninhibited.
Those are the endearing qualities that have captivated audiences over the years, beginning with her breakthrough role in Almost Famous and then with her work in You, Me and Dupree, How to Lose a Guy In Ten Days, Bride Wars, Raising Helen, and her voice-over work in the billion-dollar Kung Fu Panda animated family film franchise.
Apart from her acting duties, however, the 39-year-old has long followed in her mother’s fitness footsteps (Hawn was a dancer before she became an actress) and embraced a lifestyle consisting of regular exercise and healthy eating. That’s what led Kate her to write a wellness book, Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body, which became a best-seller. Meanwhile, her athletic wear company, Fabletics, which she launched in 2013, has suddenly exploded into a $250 million corporate empire. It’s all part of her personal philosophy and commitment to healthy living.
“I think it’s very important to find activities that fulfill you and stimulate you — whether it’s yoga lessons, a dance course or just long walks in nature — they’re
going to help you become healthier and happier,” Hudson explained. Kate Hudson lives in Los Angeles with her two sons Ryder (from her 7-year marriage
to Black Crowes lead singer Chris Robinson), and Bingham, (from her relationship with Muse frontman Matt Bellamy). In April, the actress excitedly announced
via Instagram that she is expecting a third child — a girl — with musician boyfriend Danny Fujikawa. “We have been trying to keep this pregnancy under the radar for as long as possible but I’m a poppin now!” Hudson wrote. “And it’s too darn challenging to hide, and frankly hiding is more exhausting then just coming out with it!”
With respect to her ever-expanding Fabletics company, Hudson is proud of how the business promotes fitness and an active lifestyle, especially for women: “I believe in female empowerment and my company’s message is about setting your own goals because it should be about what makes you happy… I always wanted
to be part of something where the message would have a greater impact than what would come from designing a clothing line. So I wanted to bring a fashion perspective to athletic wear because as a dancer, I wear that stuff all the time and there was never a place to buy clothes like that. I wanted to have a product which inspires a healthier lifestyle and motivates women to leading a healthier lifestyle.”
KATE, WELLNESS IS A VERY IMPORTANT CONCERN OF YOURS. WHAT KIND OF ENCOURAGEMENT WOULD YOU LIKE TO OFFER
HUDSON: It’s always diffcult to change your life and try to become more active. There will be days when you will not feel so good, and days when you will not achieve what you want — that’s okay. That’s why there’s no point in signing up at the gym for things you don’t like to do. If you prefer outdoor sports, then walk, run, or ride a bike. If it motivates you to be part of a team, then nd a sport where you can be involved with other people. The main thing is that you have fun!
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR APPROACH TO HEALTHY LIVING AND HOW IT RELATES TO HAPPINESS AND PERSONAL WELL-BEING?
HUDSON: I take what is commonly called a holistic approach when it comes to looking at health; it’s my personal approach and it’s not necessarily perfect for everyone, but it’s perfect for me.
A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BECOME ACCUSTOMED TO SEEING BOTH YOU AND YOUR MOTHER HAVING VERY POSITIVE AND ENERGETIC WAYS OF LOOKING AT THE WORLD?
HUDSON: I often get asked: ‘How are you and your mom so happy all the time?’ I mean, we’re passionate. We have a lust for life. We’re pretty happy. But in life you can’t have joy without sadness. They don’t exist without each other. So I think “pretty happy” is a great place to be and that’s why I used that phrase as the title for my book. Happiness is so subjective to one’s own experience.
WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT WOMEN CAN DO TO IMPROVE OR ENHANCE THEIR LIVES?
HUDSON: Make realistic goals so that you can achieve them. Take the path to what makes you feel good. I feel that the most attractive thing about a woman is a woman’s inner confidence. I don’t care what she looks like. If she feels good about herself, and she’s healthy and strong and mindful, that’s the most magnetic thing. It’s also got nothing to do with perfection. You need to feel good about yourself and understand what kinds of activities are going to help you reach that point. The most important thing is to be active, which goes beyond simply working out or doing regular exercise. It’s about having an active lifestyle, eating well, and taking care of yourself and being nice to yourself.
YOU’VE OFTEN CREDITED YOUR PARENTS GOLDIE HAWN AND KURT RUSSELL FOR INSTILLING THAT KIND OF ACTIVE LIFESTYLE MENTALITY IN YOU?
HUDSON: We were always a very outdoorsy kind of family. We moved from L.A. to Colorado (where Kurt and Goldie owned a sprawling house on the outskirts
of Aspen) when we were young (Kate and her older brother Oliver) and it was such a beautiful environment. They created a very happy and harmonious home life for us and I’ve tried to bring that same kind of atmosphere to the way I’ve raised my own children. I grew up riding dirt bikes, going hiking, and enjoying being in nature. I think that kind of experience stays with you all your life and I’ve always loved to do those kinds of activities. It’s second nature to me.
WHAT KIND OF LIFE LESSONS DID YOUR PARENTS IMPART TO YOU? WHO HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOU?
HUDSON: In terms of my personality, I think my mother’s optimistic nature and energetic spirit has been a huge factor in how I look at things. She’s also a very
sensitive and caring person, much more than the public would ever be aware of because she’s known more as a comedienne, and I think that’s also a big part of
who I am. My mother has taught me the importance of not taking things too seriously and to try to be very open and free-spirited. Instead of letting things get you down, my mother thinks you need to learn to laugh even in bad times. I really believe in that. She’s a great woman and she always inspires me.
WHAT ABOUT YOUR FATHER, KURT?
HUDSON: Pa (her way of referring to her stepdad Kurt Russell) has always been the realist in the family. He has a very pragmatic way of looking at the world and he expects you to work hard, be polite, and have a strong sense of responsibility. My mother also believes in that. I think those values have helped me a lot over the course of my career.
YOU’RE AN AUTHOR AND AN ENTREPRENEUR IN ADDITION TO BEING A MAJOR MOVIE STAR. IS ACTING STILL AS IMPORTANT TO YOU AS IT WAS EARLIER IN YOUR CAREER?
HUDSON: I love making movies. It’s a weird world when you’re on set, almost like a circus with a fantastic group of people. Some people nd it boring but I’m into it. Not everyone gets into the business to be the rom-com girl or the dramatic indie queen. I want to do everything.
DO YOU EVER GET WORN DOWN LEADING SUCH AN ACTIVE LIFE AND HAVING CHILDREN TO RAISE AT THE SAME TIME?
HUDSON: It’s tiring, sometimes, but I have a lot of help. When you’re a mother, you try to look after everyone and hold things together even if you feel that things are wearing you down and you feel like you’re the one who needs support.
YOU’VE WORKED ON FILMS LESS IN RECENT YEARS. IS THAT A RESULT OF YOUR OTHER INTERESTS SUCH AS YOUR BOOK AND YOUR FABLETICS ATHLETIC WEAR COMPANY?
HUDSON: Fabletics has grown so fast and I’ve had to become much more involved than I expected simply because I’ve needed to learn a lot more about the business and it takes a lot more of your time when you’re expanding. So if I’m going to make a movie, it has to be something that I really want to do if it means
being away from my kids and my family and friends for any length of time. When I have to be on a set at 5:30 in the morning I never want to be thinking, “What am I doing here when I could making my kids breakfast and then taking them to school?”
DO YOU ALSO HAVE TO BE MORE CREATIVE IN TERMS OF MAKING TIME FOR EXERCISE AND MAKING SURE YOU EAT AS HEALTHILY AS POSSIBLE?
HUDSON: Running after my sons is part of my workout routine! But I still try get outdoors whenever I can and when my days are really busy I rely on good app or online streaming workouts. I don’t worry that much about dieting, though. Overall I eat very healthily although I have a weakness for dark chocolate and
French fries. But I rarely eat sweets or anything with a lot of sugar and I try to make sure that my kids don’t either.