EXCLUSIVE| 'Glass Onion' star Kate Hudson on her 'tone deaf' character Birdie Jay and why watching movie with audience made her 'sweat'
MEA Worldwide had a conversation with 'Glass Onion' star Kate Hudson about the movie and her character Birdie Jay
Three years after coming out with one of the most extraordinary whodunnit movies in recent years, Rian Johnson is back to taking everyone on an enthralling journey with his upcoming movie 'Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery'. The movie, which serves as a sequel to the 2019 blockbuster hit movie 'Knives Out', sees Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) being invited to a private Greek island by tech billionaire Myles Bronn (Edward Norton). Of course, he's not the only one making his way to the island and a few of Bronn's close friends are also coming in for the murder mystery party.
'Glass Onion' is loaded with superb actors and includes the likes of Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Dave Bautista, Janelle Monae, Jessica Henwick, and Madelyn Cline. However, if there's one actor who has managed to nab all the attention, it's Kate Hudson. The supremely talented actress plays the role of Birdie Jay in the movie and is one of the five friends who get invited to a party by Myles. The trailer shows her as a diva and a fashionista who has conquered the world with her music. She is one of the characters who wouldn't think twice before saying the truth in someone's face and is basically like the top influencers that we see around us. However, there's another side to her as well, a side that is not pleasant and is filled with some dark secrets, which makes her character even more interesting.
MEA Worldwide caught up with 'Glass Onion' star Kate Hudson during the movie's Press Conference in London and asked about the challenges she faced while playing a character like Birdie and how the brilliant writing from Rian Johnson helped her say things, through her character, that are absolutely tone-deaf.
Speaking about her character, she revealed that it was "challenging" to play Birdie at first because a lot of things that she says are "scary". However, she thanked Johnson for his extraordinary writing, which made her feel safe while saying some really stupid things. She added, "It's challenging because Birdie is so tone-deaf and some of the things she says, if I thought too hard about them, are quite scary. But Rian (Johnson) wrote such a great character in Birdie, she's so deeply funny, oblivious to herself, layered, and sad and co-dependent. I had so much fun with the character and he (Johnson), like everyone has been saying from the beginning, is an absolute joy to work with. So you feel really safe saying the types of things Birdie says."
The 43-year-old actress also expressed her feelings about watching the movie with an audience at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September 2022, and noted that she had a "headache" before the screening and was "sweating" because of nervousness. Even though she was scared at first, the 'Mother's Day' star stated that watching the movie with so many people taught her two very important things.
"I've never seen a film at a premiere, first, and I was expecting to do the same this time as well. But Rian was like, 'No, you're gonna see it with 1500 people.' I was sweating and had a bit of a headache before the screening. But honestly, it was such an explosion of laughter and I had so much fun while watching it. The collective experience for this movie was just dreamy and I've never had that before. So, feeling like that in a room gave me a couple of things. One, how great this movie (Glass Onion) experience is. But also, how necessary it is to have that collective experience that we need and you can feel the energy of people wanting to laugh together, which is why it's so great that the movie is going to be in theatres. That's what I felt about that," Hudson said.
'Glass Onion' had its European premiere at the 66th London Film Festival and the entire cast, including director Rian Johnson, were present during the press conference. The movie is scheduled to release in theatres for a limited period of time before making its way to Netflix on December 23.