Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents - In­ter­view by AL­LEY PAS­COE

Goldie Hawn: “I’m not in­se­cure”.

You’re com­ing to Melbourne next month. When was the last time you vis­ited Aus­tralia? It was years ago. I went for [the open­ing of] Warner Bros. Movie World. Clint East­wood and I were there and we had a great time, but it was only like three days. Movie World is on the Gold Coast, which we call the Goldie. How would you feel about be­ing a mayor in Queens­land? Oh my god, you’re jok­ing! You call the Gold Coast the Goldie? That is so crazy. I don’t know, maybe I will. What can we ex­pect from your Melbourne show A Night Of Laughs With Goldie? Well, it will be a night of laughs and phi­los­o­phy and fun. I will share things about my ca­reer and the peo­ple I’ve worked with. I hope to share my phi­los­o­phy on fam­ily [in­clud­ing her grand­son Wilder, pic­tured with Hawn] and how we re­late to celebri­ties. I’ll be talk­ing about build­ing my ridicu­lous house that’s taken two and half years [laughs], and about my foun­da­tion, which is prob­a­bly the most im­por­tant thing I’ve ever done in my life. As a part of The Hawn Foun­da­tion, you started the Mindup pro­gram 13 years ago to help kids man­age stress. How has it grown since then? We’ve got more than a mil­lion kids now at Mindup in eight coun­tries, even some in Melbourne. Our chil­dren are do­ing beau­ti­fully. We’re man­ag­ing stress for our kids and giv­ing them the tools [they need] to have a hap­pier life. Tell us a happy suc­cess story… One boy in Lon­don was hav­ing a real prob­lem in school. Chil­dren come to school with a lot of prob­lems and we don’t even know what they are. This lit­tle one had se­ri­ous parental prob­lems and he was ag­gres­sive, an­gry, dis­rup­tive and un­happy. Af­ter the pro­gram, he be­came a changed boy. He was nine or 10 and the most beau­ti­ful child. He said if it wasn’t for the pro­gram, he wouldn’t be able to have the life he’s hav­ing now. I know many sto­ries like that. There are so many is­sues our chil­dren deal with. We think they’re just kids, that they just play and go to school, but they are so stressed. When we are able to give them tools to recog­nise their own stress, it puts them in the driver’s seat. You’ve filmed a mother-daugh­ter com­edy with Amy Schumer, which is due out next year. How did Schumer con­vince you to come out of your 15-year act­ing re­tire­ment? It’s a great movie. She’s won­der­ful and I had a blast with her. It was great to be funny again. It was very cre­ative and it was fun cre­at­ing com­edy with some­one else who had the same comedic DNA as me. We knew when things worked and when they didn’t. Has there been any sib­ling ri­valry be­tween Schumer and your real-life daugh­ter, Kate Hud­son? No. We all played to­gether. We took a boat out and had a won­der­ful time. These girls are too old now to have sib­ling ri­valry [laughs]. I can be a mother to any­body I want!

“A diva is only a diva when they are in­se­cure – and I don’t have in­se­cu­ri­ties”

You strug­gled with your rapid rise to fame, suf­fer­ing from anx­i­ety and panic at­tacks. Were you wor­ried when your chil­dren [Kate and Oliver Hud­son, and Wy­att Rus­sell] fol­lowed in your act­ing foot­steps? Well, chil­dren; they will or they won’t. If we worked in the steel mills dur­ing that time, then our kids would prob­a­bly be work­ing in the steel mills. Films are our in­dus­try here in Hol­ly­wood and that is what the kids grew up see­ing. All that Kurt [Rus­sell, her part­ner] and I ever hoped for was that they would do well and have fun. But we never en­cour­aged them. That’s just the life they knew. Do you think it’s harder to be­come fa­mous nowa­days? No, I think it’s eas­ier to be fa­mous now; it just doesn’t al­ways last as long. It’s been 20 years since The First Wives Club. Have con­di­tions for women in Hol­ly­wood im­proved in that time? Some­times you think it has and some­times you think it hasn’t. It just has to do with the cir­cum­stance you’re in. Look, we do our jobs as well as we can. We try to push the ceil­ing a lit­tle bit higher. Some­times we win and some­times we lose. I can’t make a gen­eral state­ment that we’ve come a long way now. I’m al­ways baf­fled to un­der­stand why some­times women don’t get paid as much as men. You’re re­unit­ing with your FWC co-stars Diane Keaton and Bette Mi­dler for the Net­flix com­edy Di­va­na­tion. Who is the big­gest diva out of the three of you? Oh gosh, honey, none of us are di­vas. We come from a dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tion. We’re work­ers – we might as well be on our hands and knees scrub­bing a floor. We’re mothers. We take care of a lot of things. We pro­duce. We go on the road. A diva is only a diva when they’re in­se­cure – and we don’t have in­se­cu­ri­ties. You have about 600,000 fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram. Are you the coolest grandma in the world? I have no idea [laughs]. I don’t think I am any­thing in the world other than Goldie. You’re fi­nally get­ting a star on the Hol­ly­wood Walk of Fame next year. What do ac­co­lades like that mean to you? Well I love it be­cause Kurt and I are do­ing it at the same time. I didn’t want to be one with­out Kurt and he didn’t want to be one with­out me. They came to us sep­a­rately so we said; we’ll do it if we can do it to­gether. A Night Of Laughs With Goldie is on 8pm, Mon­day Novem­ber 14, at the Re­gent Theatre, Melbourne; tick­et­mas­ter.com.au.

``it´s eas­ier to be fa­mous nowa­days. it just doesn´t last as long´´

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