Kate Hudson on Nepotism: Other Industries have “Way More Than I See It in Hollywood”

Kate Hudson on Nepotism: Other Industries have “Way More Than I See It in Hollywood”
  • Recently, the ‘Glass Onion’ actress has been a subject of discussion in New York Magazine’s feature which focuses on nepo babies taking over Hollywood.

Kate Hudson claims that while nepotism is indeed a reality, it should not impede your progress if you put in the effort. She adds that its prevalence is even greater outside of Hollywood and other entertainment fields.

In a recent interview with The Independent, Glass Onion star and Knives Out sequel performer Hudson waded into the Hollywood nepotism debate. When asked to comment on New York Magazine’s Year of the Nepo-Baby chart that included him, he simply stated when it comes to the “nepotism thing…I don’t really care.”

Kate Hudson further went on to add “I look at my kids and we’re a storytelling family, it’s definitely in our blood. People can call it whatever they want, but it’s not going to change it.”

Featured in New York Magazine’s recent nepo babies feature, Hudson is the daughter of renowned artist parents Goldie Hawn and Bill Hudson. Not only does she have several siblings who are also involved in entertainment, including Wyatt Russell and Oliver Hudson, but she is now engaged to director Danny Fujikawa. She has demonstrated her commitment to helping others achieve their dreams by encouraging her first-born son Ryder (from her marriage to The Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson) on his musical journey.

The Glass Onion star further highlighted that nepotism is not exclusive to Hollywood, and she provided examples of other industries where favoritism towards a person related by blood or marriage has been observed. This topic was thoroughly explored in the magazine feature which delved into how various fields such as publishing, art, sports, and fashion are affected by this form of bias.

Hudson added “I actually think there are other industries where it’s [more common]. Maybe modeling? – I see it in business way more than I see it in Hollywood. Sometimes I’ve been in business meetings where I’m like, wait, whose child is this? Like, this person knows nothing!”

Ultimately, Hudson emphasizes that hard work and product delivery are more important to her than someone’s past experience in entertainment. She says, “I don’t care where you come from, or what your relationship to the business is, if you work hard and you kill it, it doesn’t matter.”

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Steven Ly

Steven Ly is the Startup Program and Events Manager at TheNextHint Inc. She recruits rockstar startups for all TC events including Disrupt, meetups, Sessions, and more both domestically and internationally. Previously, she helped produce Dreamforce with Salesforce and Next '17 with Google. Prior to that, she was on the advertising teams at both Facebook and AdRoll, helping support advertisers in North America and helped grow those brands globally. Outside of work, Priya enjoys Flywheel, tacos, the 49ers, and adventuring around the globe.

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