“Mother’s Day” is a light ensemble comedy, just like Garry Marshall’s other holiday movies (“Valentine’s Day,” “New Year’s Eve”). But at least in the storyline, that stars Kate Hudson, it flirts with something more. The actress, 37, plays a woman whose conservative parents are so Red State she never told them she married an Indian man (Aasif Mandvi) — or that her sister married another woman. Hudson — who worked with Marshall back during 2004’s “Raising Helen” — talks about how he touches on issues with a light hand and the pains (and joys) of social media.
First off, I wanted to ask about your half-brother, Wyatt Russell, who’s fantastic in “Everybody Wants Some!!”
Yes! He’s the best! [Laughs] I’m so proud. But if you grow up with someone, you sort of know. Wyatt was a hockey player, but deep down I always knew he’d act. Even when he said, “Oh, I’ll never do that,” I knew it was always in him. I remember going to see his little plays [when he was a kid]. He was doing “Oliver Twist” and he was the Artful Dodger. Nobody in our family knew he’d been practicing this Cockney accent. He came out on the stage, he tipped his hat and said, “‘Ello, I’m the Artful Dodger.” And we were like, “What just happened?!” It was so charming. He has something very special and very natural.
You’ve worked with Garry Marshall before. It looks like his sets are just fun hang-out spots.
That’s Garry’s whole thing. He’s 81 and he’s still making movies. He loves to make movies. He creates a real family experience, which makes for a very laidback, fun time. He wants it to be enjoyable. He doesn’t like complications; he doesn’t like conflict. He makes a particular kind of movie, and he’s not reinventing the wheel. One time he said to me, “It’s not always about making people laugh. Sometimes it’s just nice to make them smile.” He just wants people to be happy, and he’s the same way on his sets.