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There are any number of things that Kate Hudson would share with her best friend, but her man isn’t one of them.
The question comes up because of Something Borrowed, the new comedy in which she and Ginnifer Goodwin play Darcy and Rachel, longtime best friends whose relationship gets complicated when Darcy’s fiance, Dex (Colin Egglesfield), begins an affair with Rachel.
This would never happen to her in real life, Hudson says.
“I have one of the world’s best [nonsense] detectors,” the 32-year-old actress says, “and I have a mantra in life: I feel that any situation you find yourself in is partly on you. You have to take responsibility for it yourself. Even in a situation like your mate cheating, you have to take some responsibility for not recognizing what they’re doing.
“Luckily I’ve never been in this situation.”
Hudson is currently seeing Muse lead singer Matthew Bellamy, and is seven months pregnant with his child. Already the mother of 7-year-old Ryder Robinson, whose father is her ex-husband, rocker Chris Robinson, Hudson — who was raised by her mother, actress Goldie Hawn, and stepfather Kurt Russell — is all but glowing.
“I feel really, really good,” Hudson says. “It’s a totally different pregnancy. This time I’m actually set up to have a baby. I remember, with Ryder, I didn’t even have a nursery — I didn’t even have a house until I was seven months pregnant.”
In Something Borrowed, set to open nationwide on May 6, Hudson plays Darcy, a self-absorbed lawyer. The film was produced by Oscar winner Hilary Swank and based on the best-selling novel by Emily Giffin. Goodwin has the sympathetic, down-to-earth role that might have fallen to Hudson in past years.
“Darcy is so in love with herself that she has an inkling that her fiance is cheating, but she really doesn’t believe anyone could do this to her,” Hudson says. “Her narcissistic traits made her delicious fun to play. That’s why I couldn’t say no.”
“Darcy gets to say what nobody else will say,” Hudson says. “The challenging part was that this character wasn’t written as a very likable woman. It would have been easy to make her the villain. I wanted to make her somewhat likable.”
The movie asks whether love or friendship is more binding. Could you ever forgive a mate who cheated on you, or a best friend who did the same?
“It’s a personal decision,” Hudson says. “Everyone has their own limits. For me, personally, I don’t know if I could forgive it. Personally I can’t forgive the dishonesty. I’m not saying you can’t forgive someone, but it’s hard to forget. It’s hard to go back to the trust.
“Yet I know that people will be dishonest, and forgiving is one of the most important things you can do in life.”
Hudson grew up under the eye of an Oscar-winning mother and a stepfather who was one of Hollywood’s top stars. When she made her screen debut in Desert Blue (1998), she was 19 but she was far from dewy-eyed. She followed that with 200 Cigarettes (1999) and Gossip (2000), and then became a star — and earned an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress — playing rock groupie Penny Lane in Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous (2000).