In Conversation: Goldie Hawn and Kurt RussellJul 18, 2023
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have been sharing the big screen and a life together for many years and now they are chatting with Tracy Smith. Welcome to the North Pole Jack in the new Netflix movie, The Christmas Chronicles 2. You pretty much get what you get. What would you expect from a great Christmas movie? Am I Really? There's no way I should be dreaming. Oh, you're not dreaming. Jack. That's Kurt Russell. Goldie Hawn, real life long time companion, like the ladies, I think this should be called Klaus's village. Me too, I never thought about that of course not, but you might be surprised to know that for Goldie and Kurt the clauses are more than just mythical I like your approach to these characters because you take them seriously this is not a cartoon or a cartoon you are right very, very seriously you must remember that he is a real human being he is not a comic character he is not invented he was a bishop, he was a man, the question is of course through myth and legend and everything That, how is it still present?
How is that possible? But it doesn't matter how Saint Nicholas, aka Santa, still exists or how he and the ladies ended up. Together, Kurt and Goldie's real-life story has a certain magic to it, their own press doesn't change, oh, their first meeting, if you can call it, which happened on the set of the 1968 Disney musical, the one and only genuine original family band was there's a first impression, I don't know, I mean, I think for me, I mean he was too young for me, I mean, it was like dating older guys, I was around 20 in my time.
I just I was 15 so I didn't even know I didn't have a car, I didn't have a license, Goldie was a dancer and didn't talk much and plus the producer didn't like her name, he called me and said you know, I know. It's sensitive but you really your name sounds like a stripper my mom gave me that name that was my grandmother that was my great aunt
goldie's name and I said oh I'm not changing my name I'm sorry I said do you know my middle name my name is jean, what's up with
That would work for you and it went well, I guess it'll have to work and I said, wow, I guess it's Goldie Goldie, that's where we met, I mean, look at this place where the army could I can't afford curtains, I mean, I I'll be up at dawn here, but in the 1980s, Goldie Hawn was an Oscar-winning name, I think I'll stay and could produce a hit movie and star in it too. Louis, you were producing. directing acting at a time when many women did not do it well how many times did you hear no no many no but the problem was not the no the problem was really the concern of other male directors who wanted to work with me because I thought I would want to take over what you're doing here with an armed snake looking for someone to play his role, Kurt had shed his wholesome Disney image for something a little grittier and when he ran into Goldie again during his audition for 1984's Swing Shift, they were both divorced and neither of them were looking for love.
In fact, when I met the doorman, I was at a point in my life in a period of my life where I was definitely going to put my worst foot forward when it came to any type of relationship with the possibility of a relationship I put my worst foot forward. go ahead if you can handle that then maybe there's a chance there's some reality that we're together I used to think to myself worse step forward I could hardly say you know um um I would say if you I've done that with me I wouldn't be with you today Well, I think I did it, but I did it.
I made it kind of who I was. Well, the first time I met her she had a terrible hangover. Yeah, that's not a good step forward. Well, I didn't try to give my best because it's hard to maintain that. You know, once you've done it, now you've set something, you've set a bar that you can't, you can't. I'm not staying with you, I can't go on, you're really confusing me right now, this is like a group therapy session in the four decades since they met Russell and Han have created some extraordinary characters, but each to their own, two very separate careers under one. roof one of them is not what he says he is.
Do you guide each other in terms of the roles you have chosen? mistake in terms of what he decided to do, but he's never been bad, so even the movies I didn't like get a lot of criticism so I thought no, you've never been bad, I agree with you, I don't. I don't know, you know, but as an actor, I mean, I think you're amazing, you don't understand that there are only three ages for women in Hollywood. DA babe and driving Miss Daisy, of course, Goldie hasn't made that many mistakes in her career. and when they're not working, they split their time between homes in Aspen and this one in Los Angeles.
How long have you been here? Approximately four years. We built her and she is so cool. I love it, but they say they are more proud. their blended family has four children between them and six grandchildren and it seems like enough love to go around so I'm sure you'll be asked what the secret is, if you could sum it up, there is no secret, there is no this and I love you for asking the question because it's a normal question, um, but there are two things for me anyway, and that is that you both want to be together, I mean, you have to want to be together and as long as you are, why? laughing just because because you're right it's up and down it's sideways it's whatever at the end of the day how do you explain it I don't know I guess it's as simple as saying i for me it's the same as what are you saying that's what I call love , but you can actually survive a relationship in a way that when you get older you say ah, I'm so glad I got through whatever period that was, you know what I mean because relationships sometimes go through periods? very hard times but there is nothing sweeter than having a family and that is worth it
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