Goldie Hawn insists that her kids make it on their own
The 'Out-of-Towners' star refuses to play favorites with her acting brood -- so how did her son end up in her latest movie?
Goldie Hawn, star of “The Out-of-Towners” (now in theaters), knows what it means to pay your dues. It took her half-naked, body-painted, go-go dancing on the ’60s series “Laugh-In” to open Hollywood’s doors. But even though the Oscar winner can open any portal she wants these days, Hawn is determined to let her aspiring actor kids — 22-year-old Oliver Hudson (who appears in ”The Out-of-Towners”) and 18-year-old Kate Hudson (”200 Cigarettes”) — pay their own dues. “I do not believe in nepotism,” says the 53-year-old actress. “I stay completely out of my childrens’ lives, I really do — even though I’m not real good at it. I said to the kids, ‘You’re gonna make it on your own, or you’re not gonna make it,’ because otherwise they won’t ever be happy with themselves.”
While her son’s appearance in ”The Out-of-Towners” may arouse suspicion, Hawn insists that Oliver won his small role without her help. ”Oliver told me he was up for it, and I said, ‘Go for it, but I want you to know I’m not going to do anything here.'” After auditioning actors on both coasts, director Sam Weisman gave his leading lady a call. ”He said, ‘I want you to be the first to know, your son was the best one of all,'” recalls the proud mom. ”I just went completely, insanely crazy.”
It hasn’t been all fun and games for the Hudson kids, however. ”200 Cigarettes” has disappeared without a trace from theaters, after raking in a disappointing $7 million. Hawn feels her daughter’s pain, but hopes a lesson can be learned. ”I want her to know, please don’t identify yourself with your public,” she says. ”Allow everyone to feel the way they want but don’t invest in it emotionally. This process of building a career can be overwhelming.” At least Kate won’t have to do it while shaking her groove thing in a string bikini.