Kate Hudson and Gwyneth Paltrow are just two of the gorgeous ladies included in Elle's Women in Hollywood November issue, on newsstands Oct. 17. The magazine honors these beautiful blondes along with Diane Kruger, Sofia Coppola, Kerry Washington, and others who have had an impact on the film industry, showcasing them on multiples covers and inside spreads photographed by Carter Smith. Each woman took a look back on some of their most memorable roles in the business and talked about finding good female parts as well as the challenge of balancing work and family life. Here's more:
- Kate on learning about parenting from her mom and dad: "My mom and dad had it figured out: They never worked at the same time, and they were very conscious of making anywhere we went feel like home. When you're working, the hours are brutal, but when you're not working, you have all the time in the world. That's always a difficult balance."
- Kate on the difficulty of finding good female roles: "They are — because in most male-driven vehicles, the female parts tend to be dispensable. I have faith that we can make female-driven films that are as interesting to men as they are to women."
- Kate on filming Almost Famous: "One of my favorite experiences. One, because I love Cameron Crowe. And two, because it was just such a wonderful movie. The whole thing was overwhelming — in the best way."
- Gwyneth on balancing work and motherhood: "It's really hard. One night in Nashville, my son was screaming with a terrible stomachache. I was like, 'I have to get out of here!' but we had to finish."
- Gwyneth on filming Iron Man: "I wasn't in many of the action scenes. Since those take, like, two weeks to film, I would be lying by the pool with my kids and having picnics with them in L.A. It was awesome!"