Kate Garry Hudson (born April 19, 1979) is an American actress.
She rose to prominence in 2000 for playing Penny Lane in Almost Famous, for which she won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her other films include How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), Raising Helen (2004), The Skeleton Key (2005), You, Me and Dupree (2006), Fool’s Gold (2008), Bride Wars (2009), Nine (2009), The Killer Inside Me (2010), The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012), Wish I Was Here (2014), Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) and Deepwater Horizon (2016).
nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
You, Me and Dupree
Hudson also co-founded Fabletics, a fitness brand and membership program operated by JustFab.Hudson’s breakthrough role was as Penny Lane in Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous (2000), for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She had previously appeared in the lesser-known films Gossip, a teenage drama, and 200 Cigarettes, a New Year’s Eve-set comedy with a large cast of actors. Regarding her early career and success, Hudson has noted that she is a “hard worker” and did not want to be associated with her well-known parents, wishing to avoid the perception that she “rode on somebody’s coattails”.In 2002, Hudson starred in the remake of the historical romance The Four Feathers, which was panned by critics and audiences. Her next film, the romantic comedy How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, was a box office success, grossing over $100 million after its February 2003 release. Hudson subsequently appeared in several romantic comedies, including Alex and Emma and Raising Helen; the films met with varying degrees of success. Hudson later headlined the 2005 thriller The Skeleton Key. The film, which had a production budget of $43 million, grossed over $91.9 million worldwide ($47.9 million in North America). Her next film, a comedy titled You, Me and Dupree and co-starring Owen Wilson and Matt Dillon, grossed $21.5 million on its opening weekend of July 14, 2006.
My Best Friend’s Girl
In 2007, Hudson directed the short film Cutlass, one of Glamour magazine’s “Reel Moments” based on readers’ personal essays. Cutlass co-stars Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, Virginia Madsen, Chevy Chase and Kristen Stewart. The following year, she appeared in the romantic comedy Fool’s Gold, her second film co-starring with Matthew McConaughey; she was certified in scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef for the movie’s underwater scenes. She also appeared in My Best Friend’s Girl, another romantic comedy, in 2008. Hudson next appeared in the musical film Nine, alongside Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, and Judi Dench. The film, directed by Rob Marshall, was released in December 2009. Hudson was critically acclaimed for her dancing skills, showcased in a 1960s-inspired original piece called “Cinema Italiano”, which was written specifically for her character. She later starred in the film adaptation of Jim Thompson’s The Killer Inside Me, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. In 2011, she starred in another romantic comedy, Something Borrowed, based on Emily Giffin’s novel of the same name.
In 2012, Hudson was cast in the recurring role on Fox teen comedy series, Glee as Cassandra July, Rachel Berry’s dance teacher at the fictitious New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts (NYADA). Hudson later went on to play supporting roles in smaller films, including Wish I Was Here and Good People. In 2016, she starred in the romantic comedy Mother’s Day, opposite Jennifer Aniston and Julia Roberts, and played Mark Wahlberg’s character’s wife in the drama Deepwater Horizon, based on the Deepwater Horizon explosion.
In 2013, Hudson began a partnership with online fashion retailer JustFab to launch her own line of workout clothes and active wear called Fabletics.
In 2016, Hudson released her book, Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body. HarperCollins. 2016.