Goldie Hawn admits she was a go-go dancer back when the credo was "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll," but she swears she never lived the wild life.
But perhaps if Hawn, 56, had really let loose back in the 1960s, it would've been a bit easier to prepare for her role in The Banger Sisters. She plays Suzette, a middle-aged groupie who never stopped rocking.
"I wish I could say I drew from knowledge or experience," Hawn says. "I wasn't a stoner. I wasn't a drinker. It just wasn't my world.
"Now, I did 'go-go' you know … but that was a job, you know, and it wasn't a great job."
In The Banger Sisters, Suzette reconnects 20 years later with her old partner in crime, Lavinia (played by Susan Sarandon), who's now an uptight suburban mom.
The two ladies aren't sisters; they're fellow groupies. In the movie, Frank Zappa called them "the bangers" — and not because they were British and liked sausages. They slept with anyone who was anyone.
How much of the past will Lavinia want her family and friends to know? And can the women's friendship stand the test of time?
Hudson: No Competition With Mom
Hawn's daughter, 23-year-old Kate Hudson, played a rock groupie two years ago in Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous, a role that earned her an Oscar nomination. You might assume Hudson's a little more attuned to the music scene, being married to Black Crowes lead singer Chris Robinson.
But, like mom, Hudson says she didn't grow up deeply entrenched in the rock scene. "It just wasn't me," she told reporters while promoting her new movie, The Four Feathers, a 19th-century epic about the British Empire's bloody campaign in the Sudan.
With The Banger Sisters and The Four Feathers both opening this weekend, the specter of a mother-daughter box-office battle looms.
Is there a competition? "Only among our pets," Hudson says.
If Hudson's Oscar nomination catapulted her to stardom at a young age, you could certainly say she's following in her mom's footsteps. Hawn's first break came as a cancan dancer at the 1965 World's Fair in New York.
She made her way to Los Angeles, working a stint as a go-go dancer, before breaking through as the ditsy blonde in the hit TV show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.. At 24, she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Cactus Flower, a 1969 comedy starring Walter Matthau and Ingrid Bergman.
Over the years, her work on such hits as The Sugarland Express, Shampoo, Private Benjamin and The First Wives Club cemented her reputation as a reigning A-list leading lady.
With her second husband, entertainer Bill Hudson, Hawn had two of her three children, Kate and Oliver Hudson, who's also an actor. She's been involved with actor Kurt Russell since 1982, and has a son with him, Wyatt Russell.
Looking back on it, Hawn says she may have been too caught up playing wild women to really let herself go.
"I just don't like drugs. I never did. I don't like to be out of control, and you could maybe think that's a bad thing," she says. "I like alcohol. That's fun now and then … But I just can't imagine wanting to live in an altered state.
"In terms of idolizing rock stars and giving myself because I was in some illusionary place and wrapped up in their dreams and hopes and marijuana — that's not me."