Why Goldie Hawn Joined Amy Schumer in a Mother-Daughter Comedy

Hawn, who hasn't appeared onscreen since 2002's 'The Banger Sisters,' says she was "happy not to be in the makeup trailer" anymore, but couldn't turn down the chance to play Schumer's mom when the role came to her.
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Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer

A version of this story first appeared in the April 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

The last time Goldie Hawn appeared on the big screen was in 2002's The Banger Sisters, co-starring with Susan Sarandon as rock groupies. Now, 14 years later, at age 70, she's about to play Amy Schumer's mom. "We are going to do a really funny movie together," Hawn told THR at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability gala. "It's going to be a blast." The still-untitled mother-daughter comedy, distributed by Fox, was written by Katie Dippold, the screenwriter who rebooted Ghostbusters, and will be directed by 39-year-old Jonathan Levine, who produced Zac Efron's upcoming summer comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.

But Hawn, who spent the better part of the past decade running The Hawn Foundation, a children's charity, says she's "not doing this to reestablish a career. I didn't go out [looking for a role], it came to me. I was happy not to be in the makeup trailer. But it got to a point when I thought, 'Gee, you know, it might be fun to make people laugh again.' "

Speaking of happiness, the actress admits that her foundation was fulfilling enough, and then some. "Running a foundation is like running a business," smiles Hawn, whose organization provides social and emotional learning programs in an effort to reduce stress and aggressive behavior while improving academic performance. "I was doing something that just filled my heart. [Running my foundation] is the greatest thing that I’ve ever done — ever."

Even still, acting — especially comedic acting — pulled her back in, if only for one project as of right now. "The one thing that gets under your skin is sometimes the very thing that God gave you to do. It's one of the things that makes me happy."

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