you never cease to amaze me, boy, are you good in this movie.
K.H. (laughs) All right, thanks so much for saying that.
B.L. This script must have
been a gift from God. When you first read it, what did you think?
K.H. I thought it was great and I thought it was smart and different.
I get a lot of questions like, romantic comedy, is that your thing
now? No, it's fresh movies and new ideas, that's what
I want to do. Great characters and things that can really challenge
me, and this one had that written all over it. I got to play five
characters, it's so original and I just loved it.
B.L. One of the things I
loved about it is that it is so much like a play; it's really
just you and Luke Wilson.
K.H. It's really us; it's literally the two of us. If
you don't like us then don't come and see the movie.
The great thing is that we have known each other for so long we
were so comfortable with each other. Even when we were uncomfortable
in the movie we have this familiarity with each other. We really
tried to make the other person feel good and be there for them so
B.L. When you are good friends
with somebody, you don't always know that when you work with
them that the chemistry is going to be there, but it really did
work for the two of you.
K.H. I have to say that for this movie, I remember when Rob Reiner
(the director) said to me, "I've had a few meetings with
Luke Wilson I really like that guy." I was immediately like,
"I love Luke, I've known him forever" and Rob was
saying, "Yeah, I think it's going to work out."
I thought about it and I was like I don't think that there
could be better casting only because the relationship between us
becomes real. It's about a real connection. It's not
just about, "Oh kiss me," which is fun to see because
I have done that kind of thing too, but this is really about getting
to know two people. And because we have known each other I think
it really helped with the feeling of the movie.
B.L. As you mentioned, you
play five characters in the film. Who was your favorite character
K.H. Because I just think that she is hysterical. First of all I'm
Jewish, and The Producers and Young Frankenstein
by Mel Brooks are my favorites. So realizing that I get to play
a German character I was in heaven. I wanted to learn the German
accent perfectly and Cloris Leachman is in the movie, so to me this
was my ode to Cloris, which was so great. So she was definitely
my favorite. I had back stories of Elsa and the second I got in
to the character with the red hair, the whole thing was just so
much fun. I love looking goofy and Elsa was probably the goofiest
with all that make-up.
B.L What was the best thing
about having Rob Reiner as your director?
K.H. His smarts! He is so intelligent and he is such a smart guy.
He is also so boisterous and energetic and funny. He makes me laugh
all the time, but most importantly I learned a lot from Rob. I learned
a lot about making movies and the way he makes movies, but I also
learned a lot about politics. I really loved listening to him and
I loved hearing his ideas and his passion. He is very passionate
about our country and our world and the things that are happening
around us. So it made for a very interesting set that wasn't
just about us making movies. It was about the world and things that
are going on and it was great.
Kate Hudson Biography