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Kate Hudson is one of EW's breakout stars of 2000

But we talked to her last year — and got a glimpse of the star power to come

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Kate Hudson
Tom Rodriquez

This was quite a year for Kate Hudson, ingenue extraordinaire. She got engaged (to Black Crowe Chris Robinson). She turned in two well received performances — one in ”Dr. T and the Women,” and one, her breakout performance, in ”Almost Perfect.” But we were on to the young actress’ appeal WAY before now — in fact, we talked to her in March 1999, when she told us about growing up with a famous mother. And gave us a glimpse of the star she was shortly to become. Here’s our article in its entirety…

Goldie Spawn

With roles in ”200 Cigarettes,” ”Desert Blue” with Christina Ricci (opening April 30), and the upcoming ”Gossip” with Joshua Jackson, Kate Hudson is claiming a legitimate spot in ingenue infested young Hollywood. But the 19 year old actress says she might have crashed and burned as a child star if it weren’t for the guidance of her famous mom, Goldie Hawn.

Hawn, who won an Oscar for ”Cactus Flower” at the tender age of 24, was in no rush to push her daughter when the acting bug first bit several years ago. ”My parents encouraged me 3,000 percent, but it was just a matter of when to let me loose,” says Hudson, who was raised by Hawn and her live in love Kurt Russell. ”They’ve been really good at helping me to understand it wasn’t the time to do it when I was younger, and they really protected me from the negative parts of the industry a kid shouldn’t know about.”

Now with the still girlish 53 year old Hawn popping up in theaters as frequently as her daughter — next up: ”The Out-of-Towners” (opening March 26) — physical comparisons are likely to reach a fever pitch. ”It bothers me sometimes,” shrugs Hudson. ”She’s my mom, people look like their parents, it happens. But it’s a good thing. I think my mom is beautiful, so I take it as a compliment.”

Still, Hudson acknowledges that despite the career boost and media hype her golden legacy offers, there are drawbacks to being a celebrity offspring. ”I don’t want to talk too much about my mom because I think people will get tired of it,” says Hudson. ”And we have so many differences, such different personalities. But I think people will see that soon enough — hopefully.”