Kate Hudson has an unpopular opinion: She likes extreme heat. When we speak she’s in New Orleans, where it’s still hot and gross. But she’s into it. “Humidity makes me so happy,” she says. “My hair gets curly, my skin gets dewy. I couldn’t be happier.”
The actress, 37, has been down there a few times to shoot movies: “Skeleton Key,” in 2005, and for her scenes in “Deepwater Horizon,” the new docudrama about the eponymous BP oil rig explosion in 2010 — aka the largest environmental disaster in American history. Hudson plays the wife of one of doomed workers (played by Mark Wahlberg), and spends the second half of the movie wondering if he’s still alive.
“Deepwater Horizon” also represents a personal milestone: It’s the first time Hudson has been in the same movie as her adoptive father Kurt Russell, who plays the rig’s growly manager. Hudson recently opened up about her biological father, musician Bill Hudson, who has said that he disowned her and her brother Oliver. Hudson told Howard Stern she forgives her father, even as she accepts his ire. She does call Russell her "pa" and her "dad," and is happy to share a scene with him, even if it's very brief.
You and Wahlberg have a really fun, flirty chemistry in the scenes before the accident. They’re not just a stock couple and she’s not just a stock worrying wife.
For Mark and I it was a bit of a tough job. You’ve got a lot of story to tell in a short amount of time; you have to condense these moments into something that felt real. We talked about how we could connect with these characters and make them the emotional center of the story. When we looked at the script we felt all their stuff was effective, that it had been earned. I think it was effective. I mean, I’m in it and I was a mess at the end of the movie. That’s very rare for me.
Was your chemistry instant?
I feel like there are certain people you have chemistry with. You don’t know when it’s going to happen or who it will be. Some people, just for some reason, you like them onscreen together. And some people you kind of don’t. [Laughs] I think that’s why in our town they do “chemistry reads.” You can have two brilliant actors and put them together, and it’s like watching paint dry. Or you can put two actors you wouldn’t think would get along together and you’ll just like watching them for some weird reason.