People Staff
May 13, 2002 12:00 PM

As an infant, sitting on the kitchen counter in his bouncy chair, Oliver Hudson “was an old soul,” says his mom, Goldie Hawn, who sang Beatles tunes to him while she cooked. “He had the wisest eyes; they just looked through you.” It turned out that little “Schmoytee Face” (Hawn’s “made-up Yiddish nickname for Ollie”), now 25 and 6’1″, was in no hurry to grow up. It was not until last year that he left the Santa Monica home he shared with Hawn and her longtime partner Kurt Russell (Oliver’s dad is musician Bill Hudson), sister Kate, 23, stepbrother Boston, 22, and half brother Wyatt, 15. “I love my family so much,” says Hudson, who is currently costarring with Taye Diggs in New Best Friend. “I loved being at home.” Maybe because he could still use a little mothering. The refrigerator in his Hollywood Hills house is “not usually stocked,” he says, “so I don’t eat until like 12:30 p.m., and then I’m starving so I’ll intake everything. I need to eat less crap.” As for grooming, he’s not exactly clean-cut. “I take a sideburn trimmer and get rid of a little, but I hate shaving.” Stubbly or not, Hudson’s Goldie-like grin has captured the heart of Shallow Hal actress Erinn Bartlett, 29, his girlfriend of a year and a half. “He can give you a little bit of a smile, and it can be flirty and charming,” she says. “But then he can give you a big smile—when he really laughs—with such good energy behind it, it just warms you.” Here comes the son.

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