The 71-year-old actress was interviewed by her 38-year-old daughter in Interview’s May issue where they talked about Hawn’s prolific acting career and why she took a step back from the screen for 15 years.
And when Hudson asked her mom about her life when she moved to New York to start her career, the actress remembered one of her first jobs in the city — go-go dancing. Hawn says she made $25 a night and used it to pay rent, but every night wasn’t a success.
“When I went to go-go dance at the Peppermint Box in New Jersey, I took a Greyhound bus,” Hawn said. “I was slow dancing on a table to ‘Everybody Loves Somebody’ by Dean Martin with my little outfit on. But when some guy in a suit showed me his penis, I said, ‘I need to get home.’ The bartender was like, ‘You won’t get a Greyhound now. It’s too late.’ And then I went to every guy at the bar — it was a truck stop — until finally two guys said, ‘Okay, we’ll take you home.’ And I went home in an 18-wheeler.”
Hawn also opened up about the 15-year break she took from acting and how she believes “life is about doing. It’s about changing. It’s about transitioning.”
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Though she’s now back in the business starring alongside Amy Schumer in Snatched, the actress remembered turning 50 when she realized she wanted more in life than just a career on the big screen. “I wanted to go live somewhere for a while, learn archaeology, or take part in healing the world on some level,” Hawn recalled. “I wanted to dig deep and say, ‘Who am I now? What do I have to offer? What do I have to learn?’ ”
That’s when she started learning “about the brain [and] psychology.” And after 9/11, Hawn created MindUP — a program of the Hawn Foundation that helps teach children about their brain and engage in mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and anxiety.
Now, MindUP has spread to Jordan, Serbia, the U.K., America, Canada, Hong Kong — and kept Hawn busy. “I never looked back. I never wished to be acting again. I was so engaged,” she said.
Snatched, a mother-daughter comedy about a trip gone wrong, is out May 12.