Kate Hudson and Owen Wilson Had Chemistry From the Beginning

Take a look back at the actors' on-and-off-again relationship.


Oscar-nominated actress and businesswoman Kate Hudson, 43, and Oscar-nominated actor and writer Owen Wilson, 53.

Kate Hudson wearing a white cropped shirt and jeans with her arm around Owen Wilson, who is wearing a black collared shir
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How They Met

The pair met on the set of the 2006 comedy You, Me and Dupree while Hudson was still married to her first husband, Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson. A month after the film opened in July, Hudson and Robinson separated, with Robinson filing for divorce that November. She and Wilson were confirmed to be dating that fall.

Given the timeline and her onscreen chemistry with Wilson, it was long-rumored that there was overlap between the relationships, but Hudson countered the speculation simply, telling Harper’s Bazaar, “That’s not what happened.” Still, in retrospect it’s hard to watch Wilson ask Hudson about wearing a bikini in the film (6:50) on the press tour and not cringe just a little. Oh, and this bit (4:25) where he asks her whether she and her husband have ever had a "third wheel experience" is also not great ... Both Wilson and fellow co-star Matt Dillon also reportedly admitted to developing crushes on Hudson on set — but, like, it’s Kate Hudson, so who wouldn’t?

Why We Loved Them

Kate and Owen were as low-key as it gets. Though they were two of Hollywood’s most in-demand stars at the time, they kept their relationship as off-the-radar as possible. A three-year series of break-ups and make-ups allowed us to believe a reunion was possible well into the 2010s. Don’t tell anyone, but there’s a ~chance~ we’re still rooting for them …

When They Peaked

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Kate Hudson and Owen Wilson at MTV's TRL with shocked looks on their faces
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The duo co-hosted an episode of Total Request Live (R.I.P.) in 2006 and something had them feeling confused/surprised/philosophical. Whatever it was, they were clearly on the same page.

The Breakup

Which time? By June 2007 round 1 of "Kowen" had come to an end. A few months later Wilson’s life took a nearly fatal turn when he attempted suicide. Sources close to the actor denied the correlation between his attempt on his life and his split from Hudson.

“Owen is such a lovely person, and I love him dearly,” Hudson told Vogue in late 2007. “And I wish him beautiful things — health and everything that he desires in life.”

"You, Me, and Dupree" World Premiere with Kate Hudson in a black formal gown and Owen Wilson in a blue shirt and tan suit
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Still hounded to discuss her role in her ex’s highly personal troubles years later, she told The Telegraph, “There are things that should be left alone and not discussed in public, and that was one of them. The media does not discriminate between people who want that attention and people who just want to get on with their jobs.”

By February of 2008 Hudson and Wilson had reunited, but once more it proved short-lived. They’d split by May, with a source telling People “It was a pretty bad breakup. Owen said it was a tough one. He definitely doesn’t want to dwell on it. He wants to put it behind him.”

Though just months prior Kate had revealed her “conscious decision to try to stay single as long as possible,” in February 2009 it was reported that they’d reunited. However, by May there was a new man in Kate’s life: Alex Rodriguez.

Despite the tumultuous nature of their relationship, there doesn’t appear to be any bad blood between the former co-stars. In 2012 it was reported that Hudson and Wilson had bonded over their children at the Vanity Fair Oscar party, giddily sharing photos of their respective tots.

Where They Are Now

Hudson welcomed her third child, Rani Rose, with longtime boyfriend Danny Fujikawa in 2018. She also shares 18-year-old son Ryder with Robinson and 11-year-old son Bingham with ex-fiancé Matt Bellamy.

The actress starred in Sia’s 2021 directorial feature debut, Music. She also appeared in Ana Lily Amirpour’s fantasy film Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon as well as Glass Out: A Knives Out Mystery. She has also been busy with her athletic line that she co-founded called Fabletics.

Wilson is also a father of three. The actor reportedly welcomed daughter Lyla with ex-girlfriend Varunie Vongsvirates in 2018. He’s also dad to son Robert, who he welcomed in 2011 with his air marshal ex Jade Duell and son Finn in 2014 with his personal trainer ex Caroline Lindqvist. No word if he is currently dating anyone.

Wilson starred opposite Salma Hayek in the 2021 sci-fi drama Bliss, but that’s hardly the only project on the horizon for the actor. Wilson reunited with Anaconda co-star Jennifer Lopez in the STX rom-com Marry Me, and will also appear in the movies Paint and Haunted Mansion.

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