Veteran actress Goldie Hawn has been in the industry for over 40 years. But, after the ’70s, finding a role that she could sink her teeth into became a difficult task. In 1980, Hawn was able to help produce, as well as star in, the very successful comedy Private Benjamin, which wound up grossing nearly $70 million at the box office.
“A woman opening a movie with no other star is like a miracle,” said Goldie Hawn in a recent interview with People.
Though the Nancy Meyers-written film was a smash-hit, Hawn was written off as being “too controlling,” allegedly simply due to her gender. This has currently been a very relevant topic among many women in Hollywood. Hawn explained in detail what her experience was like being treated differently because of her gender.
“I faced a big problem, and that was that I was looked on as someone who did things her own way. When it comes to a success, it becomes a threat. Directors didn’t want to work with me because I was ‘too controlling.’ If it had been a man, it wouldn’t have meant a d–n thing.”
Like Goldie Hawn, Jennifer Lawrence, the star of David O. Russell’s newest film Joy, has voiced her frustration with gender discrimination and sexism in the entertainment industry. Lawrence wrote an open letter discussing and criticizing Hollywood’s wage gap between men and women.
Goldie Hawn, in addition to receiving criticism from men regarding her “controlling” behavior, was also being questioned about her actions in the midst of a feminist movement.
She once starred in the comedy series Laugh-In. Of the experience, Hawn says, “women were burning their bras. A reporter said, ‘Don’t you feel bad about what your are doing, being the dumb blonde, while women are out there fighting for their liberation?’ I was about 23, and I looked at her and said, ‘But I am already liberated.'”
Hawn certainly does not have those kind of problems in her marriage with fellow actor Kurt Russell, one of the stars of Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, The Hateful Eight. The couple first met back in 1983 while they were filming Swing Shift.
“We have our ups and downs like everybody else,” Hawn told People. “You have to want to stay together, and we really want to. Therefore you work to be together.”
Goldie Hawn admits that their relationship has its flaws, like any other, but making an effort to be patient and work through the issues has allowed them to maintain their relationship and marriage.
“We don’t have a perfect relationship. Sometimes I get mad and sometimes Kurt gets mad. It’s normal,” Hawn said. “Continuing to 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.”
During a segment on TODAY last month, while promoting The Hateful Eight, Kurt Russell stated that his wife is not very fond of his facial hair, but since it was part of his character for the Tarantino-western, it was one battle she had to let go.
“I learned then that Goldie wasn’t a real big fan,” Russell said. “Actually, neither was I. And she understood with this one we were going to have to muscle through it. It was real nice when it came off.”
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