After taking a 14-year break from the world of film, Goldie Hawn returns in the mother-daughter comedy Snatched, alongside Amy Schumer.
Hawn, 71, tells STACK she never expected to leave show business for quite so long after completing her last movie, The Banger Sisters with Susan Sarandon, in 2002.
And – 14 years later – you’d have to be living beneath a rock to be unaware of her much-heralded return to the screen, starring as Amy Schumer’s hippy mum in road trip comedy Snatched.
“I was doing other things that fascinated me, to tell you the truth. I took a break, which was something I hadn’t done in a long time. It made sense to me that I took a part of my life and made it different,” reflects Hawn, whose career spans more than half a century; she’s also the mother of actors Kate Hudson, Olivier Hudson and Wyatt Russell, and has been in a relationship with actor Kurt Russell since 1983.
A few months after completing The Banger Sisters, the Oscar-winner founded The Hawn Foundation, a non-profit educational group for children examining different ways of learning. At the same time she began a spiritual quest, travelling extensively around India and meeting with Buddhist teachers.
Over the years she rejected countless movie proposals, although she believes she “manifested” her role with Schumer.
“When Amy came up to me, I had already started to think, ‘Am I done? Should I go back? Is there going to be something?’ Because after you wait 14 years, you don’t know,” muses the dancer-turned-actress.
Hawn and Schumer’s chemistry is clearly genuine; bringing their mother-and-daughter schtick to the CinemaCon stage in Las Vegas last month, they explained the premise of Snatched: Schumer, freshly dumped, is forced to enlist her mother on a South American vacation she’s already paid for. Schumer had already written the script for Hawn to read, and Hawn pretended she’d never heard of the raunchy Trainwreck comedienne. When Schumer handed the on-stage storytelling over to her co-star, the veteran actress wouldn’t play ball, going completely off-topic and mushily informing her: “You’re my girl, you are my baby – you can’t come back after 14 years and just do anything.”
Snatched is in cinemas on May 11.