She shot her latest flick, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, just two months after delivering her second child, and even coloured her hair brown on her film’s director, Mira Nair’s insistence - and though actor Kate Hudson admits Mira to be a tough one to work with, she still calls the filmmaker ‘family’.
“When I first met Mira, I was eight months pregnant...(But) I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to work with her, she was amazing. She made it as comfortable as it could be,” Hudson, 34 tells us from New York. “When I met Mira, it felt like (I met) somebody familiar. She felt like a family member,” adds the actor.
But when it comes to work, “Mira is a tough taskmaster. (At the same time) she creates an amazing atmosphere around her set. She is very passionate about her work and specific about the aesthetics of the film. She is very involved. What I admire about her is that she has this family atmosphere on set, but, she knows when she has to get something for her story and then she is very specific,” says Hudson, who will be seen playing Erica, an artist, in the film that hits theatres here on May 17.
Asked her if it was Nair’s specific nature that made Hudson colour her hair, the actor says, “It was an essential thing for the character to have brown hair.”
Adapted from Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid's novel by the same name, Hudson reveals she found the script intriguing.
"When I read the script, it was really beautiful. The story was really intriguing to me. I kind of had to read the script twice to pay more attention to the role of Erica because I got so engrossed in the story. But what I really saw in Erica was that she is layered and complex with that kind of layers. And of course to do that with Mira Nair, that was a dream," says the actor, conceding that she had not the book before the film?
"When I read the script, I had not read the book but right after that I read the book. That as really interesting because it is a really difficult book to adapt and it is on a very metaphoric novel. There is so much tension in the novel with such great layers and I think Mira did a wonderful job in adapting it," she says.