Even after 37 years together – the kind of long run rarely found in Hollywood – the couple are still as affectionate and playful as they were when they began dating while filming 1984’s Swing Shift. Just don’t expect some long-winded secret to their success. “You’ve just got to want to be together. I don’t think there’s any way other than do it. Right, Kurt?” says Hawn, 75. Russell responds, “I totally agree.”
Though they never wed, the two stars have created a tight-knit family together, raising their son, actor Wyatt Russell, as well as their children from previous marriages: Russell’s son Boston and Hawn’s kids, actors Kate and Oliver Hudson, who call Russell “Pa”. But they’ve rarely chosen to act together, aside from 1987’s Overboard and Hawn’s cameo as Mrs Claus to Russell’s Santa in Netflix’s 2018 film The Christmas Chronicles – they recently reprised their roles for the sequel to the holiday hit.
“It’s always fun to be able to create something and then watch, in this case, Goldie and what she’s going to do with it,” says Russell, 69, of working with his partner. They spent the holiday season feeling grateful for their family – which now includes six grandchildren – and their own lasting union. Adds Hawn, “We’re choosing to be in a relationship that brings inordinate amounts of joy.”
What did you love most about working with each other this time around?
HAWN It has really been a blast. Aside from the fact that I live with him, I can also separate his talent, and I really love being able to watch him create and be playful. The other thing is that we got to be together, and it was very intimate. We didn’t have any other thing to think about other than doing this movie, so it was a little bit like a true vacation together.
RUSSELL We both love Vancouver; we spent a lot of time there because of Wyatt’s hockey team, and it was great to be back there, to see some old friends – to experience going to work every day and coming home and talking about it. It’s just fun to do something together like that.
Were there any challenges?
HAWN Not at all. I mean, really and truly. We wanted to be good together. I mean, there’s lots of things that bother you in life, like, “You never take out the trash!” or crazy stuff like that. But in terms of working together, that was just a piece of cake.
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