Kate Hudson Reveals Surprising Source of Ongoing Residual Checks

One of Kate Hudson’s first acting roles is still bringing in money.

In an episode of her podcast Sibling Revelry, which she co-hosts with her brother Oliver Hudson, the Knives Out star told guest Joey Lawrence about her early experiences breaking into the entertainment industry.

Lawrence, who had brothers Matthew and Andy with him as well, talked about how, at the age of five, he had to memorize a lengthy monologue for an audition.

After he succeeded in landing a commercial for Cracker Jack, he went on to land 50 more national commercials in his first year of business.

When 44-year-old Kate questioned 47-year-old Lawrence about whether he still received residuals for any of his previous advertisements, she disclosed that she was still getting paid for a part-time job from her youth.

The Lawrence brothers claimed they would have to rewatch the movie in order to see Kate because they were unaware of her cameo in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

Although the 47-year-old Oliver was aware of her early cinematic moment, the siblings had previously acknowledged that they do not usually watch each other’s work.

When the two of them appeared together on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in January 2022, the host asked Kate if she had seen her brother on his then-airing show, The Cleaning Lady.

Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson

Oliver answered right away that although Kate claimed to have only seen one episode, she was not watching the series. Evidently, even with A-list talent, residuals are not what they used to be.

Childhood Cameos to Golden Globes

The short, very early career cameo that Hudson, 44, filmed for the Christmas comedy, which follows the McCallister family on a trip to New York, was shot when she was a preteen.

Her little-known role in the scene in question is when she joins a group of the McCallister kids in a holiday chorus. One of the main issues during the most recent strikes by actors and writers was residual payments.

Residual payments, which were previously based on variables such as the role’s size, the production budget, and the location of the film or television show that is currently airing, have decreased due to the move to streaming, where viewership figures are concealed.

Although Hudson has appeared in several television series during her career, her film work is what has made her most famous. Her most recent role was in the drama series “Truth Be Told” on Apple TV+, which ran for two seasons.

For her performance as Penny Lane in the motion picture “Almost Famous,” Hudson was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe.

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