It may seem like Goldie Hawn is boasting at times when she speaks of her relationship with Kurt Russell, but, then again, she’s earned that right. After 32-years together in a world where most Hollywood marriages end after only a few short years, the Overboard actors have both earned that right. Besides, it might be good for the rest of us to learn how Hawn and Russell, who have never been married to each other, keep things going so well.
Overboard Actress Goldie Hawn Opens Up About Her 32-Year Love Affair With Kurt Russell
Marriages in and out of Hollywood are blowing up like a minefield, while Goldie and Kurt still carry on like high school sweethearts, and to hear Hawn speak about it, one might think it was all due to good luck. Or maybe the old adage true love conquers all rings true for these two. Not so, says Goldie. She says their fairytale romance is the result of hard work, as well as plenty of patience and mindfulness.
“We have our ups and downs live everybody else,” 70-year-old Hawn said of her relationship with Russell. “You have to want to stay together, and we really want to. Therefore you work to be together.”
Mindfulness is the key to everything, the retired Death Becomes Her actress has learned. Speaking of relationships, she says that the problem most of the time is that partners aren’t really listening to one another and their impatience drives them to make poor choices.
Hawn has even mounted a new children’s program, based on her theory that a little mindfulness can solve many problems. MindUP, which Goldie implements with the cooperation of schools around the world, teaches children mechanisms for dealing with the stresses of a hectic and oftentimes cold world.
Kurt And Goldie Are Only Human, They Have Bad Days Too
Even for Hawn, who has already achieved so much, time can move too quickly and so much can pass one by, if one doesn’t make a conscious effort to pay attention. This is equally true in love as it is in life, she says.
Speaking again of the 32-year-old love she has shared with Kurt Russell, Goldie is the first to admit that even their relationship has its rough patches.
“Sometimes I get mad and sometimes Kurt gets mad. It’s normal,” Ms. Hawn says. “Continuing to listen and grow is important because we get into bad habits in relationships. We’re cognizant of these things in our relationships, being mindful and caring and listening.”
What does Russell have to say about the introspective look given by his long-time loving partner? Kurt seems to feel very much the same. The Hateful Eight actor describes happiness as a good day spent with Hawn, his children, and grandchildren. While Russell and Hawn have never had children together, they did bring children from previous marriages into the relationship. For Kurt, that means, in addition to his own sons, Boston, 35, and Wyatt, 29, he has also helped to raise Hawn’s daughter, now 36-year-old Kate Hudson, and son, 39-year-old Oliver Hudson.
There’s a reason Russell hasn’t done as much film work as he might have in his career. Earlier on, Kurt found that he would have much rather spent more time at home and working in his own vineyard, which produces the GoGi wine label, so he adjusted his life to reflect those priorities.
“I make a really good pinot noir and chardonnay. Wine I’m really serious about. It’s not a hobby.”
While that does seem to put acting in the back seat, Kurt also doesn’t want to give the impression that he’s abandoned acting completely. He may be picky about his roles, but The Thing actor will definitely take on projects that interest him, as was the case with Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. Russell says that he feels fortunate to have had so many opportunities to work with great directors and great actors, though he confesses that this Tarantino project was a definite peak of his career.
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