Matthew McConaughey had to ‘un-brand’ himself from starring in romcoms

Matthew McConaughey altered the direction of his career by “un-branding” himself from his association with romantic comedies.The actor starred in a number of light-hearted movies in the 2000s, such as The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, …

Matthew McConaughey altered the direction of his career by “un-branding” himself from his association with romantic comedies.

The actor starred in a number of light-hearted movies in the 2000s, such as The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Failure to Launch, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, and Fool’s Gold.

But during an appearance at the HISTORYTalks event held at Carnegie Hall in New York on Saturday, McConaughey admitted it was the birth of his son Levi in 2008 that made him reevaluate his career.

“I took off and had an un-branding phase. Not a rebranding phrase, an un-branding phase. I said, ‘I’m out,'” he recalled, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “And at that time I got an offer for a romantic comedy, and it was for a very sizable number, and I read it and they came back and bumped that number up quite a bit, and I passed, and they came back and bumped it again, I passed. They bumped it up and basically doubled the opening offer, and I said, ‘Let me read this script again.’ It was the same words, but I promise you that script was superior to the first one. I said no, and I had 18 months of being gone.”

“That anonymity, that being away, that not being the shirtless guy on the beach in a romcom, by un-branding, then all of a sudden, things came to me that I had been wanting to do… Dramatic roles that I had been pursuing were coming my way.”

McConaughey won an Oscar for his portrayal of AIDS sufferer Ron Woodroof in 2013 biographical drama Dallas Buyers Club, while his other serious films have included The Wolf of Wall Street, Interstellar, and White Boy Rick.

The 50-year-old most recently played American expatriate and marijuana empire boss Mickey Pearson in Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen, which debuted in theatres earlier this year.

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Kate Hudson launches own vodka brand

Kate Hudson is looking to make a splash in the liquor industry with her own craft vodka brand.The How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days star has created King St. Vodka, described as an “ultra-premium spirit” hand-crafted in Santa Barbara, California, after real…

Kate Hudson is looking to make a splash in the liquor industry with her own craft vodka brand.

The How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days star has created King St. Vodka, described as an “ultra-premium spirit” hand-crafted in Santa Barbara, California, after realising this particular corner of the market is one dominated by male entrepreneurs.

Hudson explained how the idea came about in a new Instagram post announcing her latest venture, writing, “After a particularly long day, I decided to host an impromptu cocktail party with my closest friends.

“As I prepared to whip up a batch of dirty vodka martinis I surveyed my bar, but I wasn’t 100 per cent happy with my options. Then I wondered, ‘Are any of these vodkas founded by women?’ I did some research, they weren’t. So, I decided to make my own just the way I like it! @KingStVodka #KingStVodka.”

In additional marketing materials, the actress revealed that the brand is named after the New York City street on which she once lived, “where many of my most precious memories were made”.

A release date has yet to be announced, but Hudson promises fans the seven-times distilled liquor, which is free of gluten and distilled with alkaline water, is “insanely delicious” and “best served with good company”.

“The creative side of me thought it would be a fun challenge to develop a vodka for my palate, and in a beautiful package that I would love to have on my bar and share with friends. The businessperson in me is now looking forward to the challenge of building a brand in an entirely new industry,” the 40-year-old added.

Hudson is the latest celebrity to unveil her own vodka brand – rap mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs is behind the Ciroc label, actor Channing Tatum launched the Born and Bred line in 2017, and country star Blake Shelton owns Smithworks Vodka.

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Kate Hudson reaches milestone on post-baby weight loss journey

Kate Hudson has celebrated reaching a major milestone in her post-baby weight loss journey.The How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days actress welcomed daughter Rani Rose with boyfriend Danny Fujikawa last October (18), a sibling for her sons Ryder, 15, and Bingh…

Kate Hudson has celebrated reaching a major milestone in her post-baby weight loss journey.

The How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days actress welcomed daughter Rani Rose with boyfriend Danny Fujikawa last October (18), a sibling for her sons Ryder, 15, and Bingham, seven, from previous relationships.

Since having her third child, Kate has been open about her goal of losing 25 pounds (11 kilograms) before she starts work on a new movie in the spring, and as a WW (formerly Weight Watchers) ambassador, she is abiding by the health company’s points plan.

“Okay my friends, wanted to share! I’m a couple lbs from goal weight! I’ve done it without stressing on food or working out like crazy although I have been disciplined,” she captioned a mirror selfie in which she shows off her athletic figure on her Instagram page on Thursday (18Apr19). “I’ve taken my time, I’ve stayed true to my @ww app which I am so grateful for our relationship and that they included me in their family because it’s an incredible set up. Easy as pie! And I can eat pie… except it’s anywhere from 9-22 points which is not the best move… I personally go for the 5 point wine or vodka martini for a treat.”

But while Kate has found success by abiding by her WW plans, she also made a point of thanking those who have supported her, including her team at her athleisure clothing company Fabletics, which she co-founded in 2013.

“I feel lucky that my other work life (when my entrepreneur hat is on) is surrounded by the most inspiring people. To every single person in the @fabletics community and every person in the @ww community, you keep me focused and encouraged,” the 39-year-old continued. “I thank you! Yes, active lifestyle I find enjoyable and yes, understanding food is a passion of mine but it doesn’t mean that I don’t need the support like everyone else. Sharing the little parts of my wellness journey with you makes me feel oh so good. I can only hope that what I put out there can make you feel good and bring encouragement in return. Love, Kate.”

Kate’s next project is fantasy film Blood Moon, which is to be directed by Ana Lily Amirpour and will also feature Zac Efron.

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