Kate Hudson burst onto the stage with a lively performance as groupie Penny Lane in Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical 2000 hit Almost Famous. She was rewarded with a Golden Globe win and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. More recently, Hudson received critical acclaim for her supporting role as Birdie Jay in the decidedly unromantic Glass Onion. In between, she turned mostly romantic comedies. Although many of them didn’t deserve the best reviews, they still have legions of loyal fans.
Hudson was promoted to lead in 2003’s How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, starring Matthew McConaughey. Critics weren’t impressed, but audiences liked it better and made it a financial success, cementing Hudson’s status as a rom-com darling. She and Luke Wilson followed in 2003 with “Alex & Emma,” which follows a stenographer who helps a writer finish his book before the mob gets him. Then followed ‘Le Divorce’ (2003), based on a popular novel, and ‘Raising Helen’ (2004), in which death is mixed with sweet encounters. Hudson rounded out the 2000s with You, Me and Dupree (2006) and Fool’s Gold (2008), in which she reunited with McConaughey. Finally, there was 2009’s Bride Wars, which starred Hudson alongside Anne Hathaway.
Hudson has starred in many rom-coms, but few of them have ever received solid reviews. However, their chemistry is undeniable. Whether she’s working with McConaughey, Hathaway, or one of the Wilson brothers, she brings charisma to the screen – sometimes despite the film that surrounds her.