'Dupree's' Hudson Talks Houseguests and Happy Marriages
The blond starlet has learned a lot from her showbiz parentsLOS ANGELES --
"I never had body [issues]," says Hudson, who appears in lingerie and a skimpy bathing suit in the film. "As long as it's not totally exploitive, and as long as I feel it could either be funny or fun or is appropriate, I really have no problems with it. I remember that when I read the script for the first time, I was like, 'God, I'm kind of half-naked throughout the whole movie.' So I wasn't too surprised. But I think Owen probably had it worse than I did."
Newlyweds Molly and Carl (Matt Dillon) have just returned from their honeymoon when Carl's best man Dupree (Owen Wilson) moves in with them after losing his job, car and apartment. It's bad enough that he's a slob who's always underfoot, but he also tends to bare more skin than necessary in mixed company.
Hudson can vouch for the authenticity of "Dupree"-like houseguests, thanks to her musician husband Chris Robinson, lead singer of The Black Crowes.
"I love Duprees. I'm not like Molly at all," she explains. "I'm totally available for weird, interesting, bizarre characters. As far as the vagabond musician friends that wander in and out of our house all the time, there's two in particular, they're twins believe it or not, who I've seen their genitals one too many times. And it's very harmless. It's actually more just they're comfortable with themselves. But you know, I'm OK with it. I can deal."
Even Hudson's female friends have overstayed their welcome.
"For me, my girlfriends, I've got I would say two Duprees," she admits. "One of them just sort of squatted in my house for over a year. Chris was the one who was like, 'When is she getting out of our house?' And then I have another one who was probably be the Dupree who would light the house on fire with a stick of butter.
"I guess that's part of what I enjoy about life is that there are these people that you can just write stories about," she adds. "I always think that understanding human behavior, no matter what kind of human behavior, is the best lesson and the best acting class you could possibly have. So I've always been very open with people's stuff."
In the film, Dupree's annoying presence isn't Carl's only problem. He's also trying to impress his demanding boss, who also happens to be his father-in-law (Michael Douglas). While Hudson's father Kurt Russell wasn't overprotective, she acknowledges that his film roles, such as his tough, eye patch-wearing character in "Escape from New York," may have been unnerving to her suitors.
"Someone asked me if people found him intimidating," she recalls, "and I've never thought about the fact that my dad is actually like, you know, Snake Plissken. Oh my God, that must have been really difficult for certain guys to come in and go, 'Oh Kate, that's her dad. And he's going to kick my a**.'"
But ultimately, it's not the in-laws who are going to keep a marriage together. Hudson recommends keeping communication lines open in a relationship, something that Carl fails to do with Molly.
"I knew what I was getting into with Chris," she says. "I knew the first week. I remember one of the first things I said to him was, 'Tell me everything that you think I'm not going to like about you.' And he went on for about an hour and a half. Then I still married him."
Although her marriage is only a little over five years old now, she has advice for struggling newlyweds like Molly and Carl. Hudson just looks to her parents, actress Goldie Hawn and Russell, who've been partners for nearly 25 years.
"Marriage, relationships, no matter if you're married or not, are never, ever easy," she says. "My mom and my dad are a really good template on how to keep a relationship through everything good. They just have a blast together. No matter what, through everything they play. That always keeps them passionate and enjoying each other as sort of these two playful people.
"I think where people go wrong in relationships is you start to get really comfortable," Hudson continues. "You know each other so well, it's scary. You don't even have to say anything to each other to know what the other person's thinking. But it's when you stop saying it that it becomes a real, when you have to start reevaluating your relationship. Relationships are so hard. They're crazy. But you just have to respect and love and have a good one. I feel really lucky. I got a really good one. I got one that keeps me on my toes."
"You, Me and Dupree" opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, July 14.