July 29, 2005 at 12:00 PM EDT

Could Kate Hudson’s nice-girl persona be just a big act? Helen Pidd, a writer for British newspaper The Guardian, seems to suggest exactly that in an unflattering profile published yesterday. Check out this doozy of an excerpt:

When [Hudson] doesn’t want to answer a question she tuts, ”That is so not important,” following it up with a dazzling smile. It’s like being one of the dweebs in Mean Girls. She has a knack of making you feel a bit dense, or that you are asking a stupid question, and it’s only afterwards that you realise your inquiry was reasonable.

Pidd also criticizes The Skeleton Key star’s tendency to start questions with the phrase ”I’m the kind of person who …” and finish with such self-flattering remarks as ”just wants to make people happy/wants to experience everything and learn everything I possibly can/has always been interested in so many things.” Ouch! C’mon now, Helen, how do you really feel?

On the other hand, though, you might make the case that it’s Pidd who’s got the attitude problem. Her description of Hudson’s physical appearance is particularly brutal:

Hudson is currently very thin, almost scrawny in the flesh. Though she is looking stunning in a red draped dress and delicate brown sandals, her bones protrude awkwardly at the shoulders and her head seems slightly too big for her body.

Whew, I’m glad she’s not around to see my new haircut! No matter whose side you’re on, the article is must-read material. Who’s the villain and who’s the victim? Weigh in now!

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