Kate Hudson isn’t working herself up when it comes to the “Nepo Baby” reaction. Short for nepotism baby, the term has dominated social media trends in recent weeks with a New York magazine cover story analyzing the current boom in actors with famous parents. As the daughter of actors Goldie Hawn and Bill Hudson, Hudson has long struggled with the “Nepo Baby” title.
“The nepotism thing, I mean… I don’t really care,” Hudson said in a recent interview with The Independent. “I look at my kids and we are a storytelling family. It’s definitely in our blood. People can say what they want, but that’s not going to change.”
“I actually think there are other industries where it is [more common]”Hudson continued. “Maybe modeling? I look more business-like than I do in Hollywood. Sometimes I’ve been in business meetings where I’m like, ‘Wait, whose child is this? Like, this person knows nothing!’ I don’t care where you’re from or what your relationship with the business is – if you work hard and you kill it, it doesn’t matter.”
Hudson began her acting career in the mid-1990s with episodic roles in shows such as “Party of Five” and “EZ Streets”. She made her film debut in 1998’s “Desert Blue,” but her film career really took off in 2000 when she won acclaim for her role as Penny Lane in Cameron Crowe’s “Almost Famous,” for which she earned an Oscar nomination for supporting actress. did
New York magazine’s “Nepo Baby” cover has garnered strong backlash from many actors over the past few weeks. Jamie Lee Curtis, daughter of actors Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, posted on Instagram that the rhetoric around the issue was designed to hurt.
“I’ve been a professional actress since I was 19 so that makes me an OG Nepo baby,” Curtis wrote. “I never understood, I never understood, what qualities led me to be hired that day, but almost 44 years after my first two lines at Quincy as a contract player at Universal Studios, in this last spectacular creative year, there hasn’t been a single day. My professional life goes by without me reminding myself that I am the daughter of film stars. The current conversation about the Napo kids is designed to try to belittle and humiliate and hurt.”
Ice Cube’s son, actor O’Shea Jackson Jr. also took to social media to protest the term, wrote on Twitter, “I had to get on my ass and do it. I chose from the introduction. The work ethic I put into them. My professionalism on sets and promo tours. Even leaving his agency to find a team of my own. Once the door opens it’s up to me to walk through it and thrive.”