Kate Hudson is an American actress, author and fashion designer. Hudson’s first film roles came in 1998 with two films: the comedy-drama ‘Desert Blue’ and ‘Ricochet River’. She subsequently appeared in the 1999 New Year’s Eve-set comedy ensemble comedy film ‘200 Cigarettes’ and the 2000 teenage drama ‘Gossip’.
Her breakthrough role was as Penny Lane in Cameron Crowe’s ‘Almost Famous’ in 2000, for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2002, she 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. She subsequently appeared in several romantic comedies, including ‘Alex and Emma’ and ‘Raising Helen’.
She headlined the 2005 thriller ‘The Skeleton Key’. 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. In 2007, she directed the short film ‘Cutlass’, one of Glamour magazine’s “Reel Moments” based on readers’ personal essays. ‘Cutlass’ co-starred 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 also appeared in ‘My Best Friend’s Girl’, another romantic comedy, in 2008. She 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 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, she 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). She 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.