Flashback to 2000: When Kate Hudson Was ‘Almost Famous’

by Stacy Lambe and Denny Directo 2:55 PM PDT, September 15, 2015
Playing Flashback to 2000: When Kate Hudson Was ‘Almost Famous’

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since Almost Famous first hit theaters, making stars out of its young cast, including Kate Hudson, Patrick Fugit, and Zooey Deschanel.

Of course, ET wasn’t the only one who realized Hudson was a star-in-the-making, which is why director Cameron Crowe cast her as Penny Lane.

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“I found Penny Lane's character to be such an amazing female role,” a 21-year-old Hudson told ET at the time. “I got totally sucked into her life and when I did walk onto set, my emotions were so surfaced because of all the work that we had done. It was very easy for me to go different places.”

Though, Hudson wasn’t initially supposed to play the storied band promoter based on the real life of Pennie Trumbull. In fact, the actress first read for the part of Anita Miller, which later went to future New Girl, Deschanel.

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“I read for the part of Anita, which is Cameron's sister,” Hudson revealed, unaware of what she was getting herself into. “Actually, the strange thing was I didn't know what I was reading for. Basically I got told that Cameron Crowe is doing a movie and I said I will be an extra!”

“I had a really strong, gut feeling that was going to be a part of my career,” she added, almost knowing the role would eventually earn her a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Since then, Hudson has become a box office draw starring in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Nine, and the upcoming ensemble, Mother’s Day. Though, we can never forget the days of Penny Lane!

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