Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn celebrates
Christmas Chronicles 2 and a new grandchild with a perfect date
This holiday season is full of presents for Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn.
The legendary Hollywood couple are cheering the yuletide like Santa and Mrs. Claus in the family-friendly Netflix sequel "The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two" (streaming Wednesday), the first movie they've starred in together since "Overboard" in 1987. But for these Hollywood legends, there's also a bundle of joy on the way. Russell informs that their seventh grandchild, son Wyatt Russell's first baby and wife Meredith Hagner, has a "fabulous" due date: Dec. 25.
"We're looking for a great Christmas present this year," says Russell, adding that Hawn is "pretty awesome" (Son Oliver Hudson and daughter Kate Hudson have three children each).
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Again directed by Chris Columbus ("Home Alone"), the sequel to the 2018 "Chronicles" returns Russell as an action-oriented Santa, whose origin is revealed in the new film, and Darby Camp as Kate Pierce, a young "true believer." Now a teenager, Kate is on a holiday getaway in Cancun, Mexico when she's taken away to the North Pole and helps the Clauses when a very bad elf (Julian Dennison) tries to ruin Christmas.
One important theme of the film is belief "because believing is important and believing alone makes you happier and healthier," says Hawn, who introduces a magical version of Mrs. Claus. "Santa sometimes applies and life sometimes applies. And I think it's something beautiful."
Russell, 69, and Hawn, 76, speak to USA TODAY about becoming Clauses, working together again and the current musical partner of Santa:
Question: In the last scene of the first film, a short Mrs. Claus cameo. Was your two sequel already in the works then?
Kurt Russell: No there was no sequel in mind. It came from ad-libs and stuff that started pointing to the audience's visualization, sort of a la "Columbo." You began to picture Columbo's mom. (The TV detective's spouse was never seen, but often listed on the show.)
Goldie Hawn: Columbo is so long ago. People have no idea who that's. (Laughs) It was really fun. No idea there'd be a sequel then. But behold, they're stuck with me. I'm known.
Russell: (Laughs) Goldie Hawn. Shucks. Shucks.
Q: It's been a while since you've made a movie together. Obviously, every day you live with each other but from an acting perspective, how was that?
Hawn: I liked it. I like Kurt a lot when he works. He's generous, good-natured, very talented and imaginative. Working with him is such a treat. I was taken back to what it was because life isn't like movies. Life is washing dishes and taking care of things—"Oh, my God, the air conditioner is broken!"—and taking care of children, but working together is different. It was just a little honeymoon, really.
Russell: The really enjoyable bits you're driving to work together most of the morning. You carry it home at night. When you go out and have a drink before supper, you still chat a little about the day. It's unusual for us, obviously. Often we'd run lines for a few minutes because the day is coming up. That's what we can't do. I'm missing that part of our life.
Q: Kurt, in the first film, Santa got a jailhouse rock sequence, and in the sequel, Darlene Love's Christmas Duet. How is this among your musical cinematic performance?
Russell: I'm sure it's lower than it's for me. (Laughs) I feel like we've built a Frankenstein. We made an original album. That's scary. Ok, thank god Darlene. I might glance over there and see the real thing. She's fabulous. Four days was really fun. I appreciate people having such a nice time. But it scares me about something in the future.
Q: Goldie, were you there for the scene, or are you hearing enough of Kurt's singing around the house?
Hawn: I'm more a house artist, by the way. He's finished the movie, and I've already gone. Yet I've read a lot about the event's anticipation. He got packed, but it turned out to be pretty fabulous. You've done a fine job. You've shocked me.
Russell: Santa's having fun. There are several different ways to get away with a good time.
Q: When the holidays arrive, how does the family treat the pandemic?
Hawn: I'm watching bright side. It's been really hard on many people. And looking at all this's silver lining, we have each other and that's very important.
Russell: Take car rides. And I got an RV in my situation. I'm all in the RV. We've had a blast with it. Oliver got a trailer, Wyatt and Meredith a truck. Golf (and) walking. I love driving Sunday. We're grateful to have a great place to spend time in Colorado.
Hawn: We all live together, each blocked. We're very close. I rode my bike the other day to Kate. We're fortunate, so it's not blessed. It was a template. We want to be together. That's the good news, nobody lives out of town, not yet. We're in good shape, sure.