Goldie Hawn's latest sit-down interview might be her most personal yet. The 71-year-old actress was put in the hot seat by none other than her own daughter Kate Hudson.
The mother-daughter duo joined forces for the latest issue of Interview magazine, in which Kate quizzes her mum about her illustrious career in Hollywood. "This is very dangerous. I've never interviewed Mommy. [laughs] I feel like I know everything already," said the 38-year-old actress, to which Goldie quipped, "No! I have some secrets."
Even though they frequently "meet in the morning, have coffee, and chat," Kate explained that their conversations seldom turn to their careers. "People always ask me, "What advice has your mother given you?" And my answer is always, "We don't talk about that kind of thing."
It didn't take long for the Almost Famous star to ask Goldie a question that's been on many of her fans' minds. "It's been 15 years since you've chosen to make a movie. Why so long?" asked Kate.
Goldie admitted that after four decades in show business, she wanted to explore more of what life has to offer. "I believe that life is about doing. It's about changing. It's about transitioning," said the actress, adding, "I wanted to go live somewhere for a while, learn archaeology, or take part in healing the world on some level. I wanted to dig deep," she explained.
Goldie also reflected on her early days in Hollywood as a fearful 20-year-old who wanted a normal life as much as she wanted to perform. She said she sought therapy to help her navigate the early days of fame, and it was in those sessions she learned a lesson she would carry with her throughout her career. "I realized that the way people see me, as a star, has nothing to do with me."
She added: "If somebody said to me, "Oh, I love you!"—that makes me happy to see them happy, but I wouldn't take it in as something that builds my ego. And that's how I stabilized myself. Your ego can get so inflated in this business because suddenly everybody thinks you're great. But you have to know how great you are."
As an actress herself, Kate was very excited to hear her mother's perspective on working in the industry and was curious to find out what her advice was for young actresses today. Her tip? One must train and work extremely hard.
"I believe you have to start with a craft. You've got to put a lot of work in. If you want to pursue acting, then you go to acting class. If you want to be a dancer, then you learn to dance, which is what I did," the Snatched star explained, adding that if you want to be successful in Hollywood you can't fear rejection. "Learn what it is to fail. Don't personalize it."
After talking about the challenges of working in Tinseltown, Goldie and Kate took a moment to reflect on some of their career highlights and shared Oscar history. It turns out that London holds a very special place in both their hearts. "I was in Heathrow [airport] when I heard I'd been nominated for Private Benjamin," revealed Goldie, to which Kate exclaimed, "When I found out I was nominated [for Almost Famous (2000)] I was in Heathrow!" Like mother like daughter.