Hudson plays Birdie Jay, a former model who's now a fashion designer. Johnson didn't write the role for her, but it seems the perfect one for the Fabletics founder. She told Vanity Fair in December, "I remember reading Birdie, and I was in my sweet spot. [I've] been waiting on the sideline. It's been hard. Because of the way my career has gone, the movies that I've wanted to make are not the movies that I've been getting. And so with Rian, it was really like, 'If you just put me in the game, I know I can deliver the goods for you.'"
She added, "I could see her body language. For someone like me who loves comedy—but has been in a lot of movies where that hasn't been honored, or maybe edited, or directed as you would have hoped—being in the hands of someone like Rian Johnson, I feel so lucky that he chose me."