"A mother-daughter bond is very different," Goldie Hawn says in PEOPLE's latest cover story.

By Jess Cagle and Ale Russian
May 12, 2017 11:37 AM

At home with Goldie! Goldie Hawn opens up about motherhood, her 34-year romance with Kurt Russell, and her hilarious return to the big screen in Snatched. Subscribe now for a look inside her extraordinary life — only in PEOPLE.

The bond between a mother and a daughter is a special one — and Goldie Hawn knows it.

The Snatched actress is a mother of three — Oliver Hudson, 40, Kate Hudson, 38 and Wyatt Russell, 30 — and she shares with PEOPLE’s editor-in-chief Jess Cagle that even at a young age, Kate knew it was special that she was Hawn’s only girl.

“A mother-daughter bond is very different,” Hawn says in PEOPLE’s latest cover story. “When I had Wyatt — my third, Kurt’s and mine — [Kate] came to the hospital. She was 7, and she came up to me: ‘Mommy, I’m so happy I’m your only girl.’ I said, ‘I’m so happy too, honey.’ As we grow older together, I can’t express the amount of love, joy, laughter, sadness we share. She understands me, I understand her. We’re girls. We share everything. She’s, like, the greatest.”

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Though she shares a special bond with Kate, Hawn admits that her boys, as she calls them, are still there for her in times of need. When she recently lost a close friend, the actress says they were supportive.

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“My boys were amazing,” she says. “And they were so loving and so kind. And Katie, we call each other and we can cry together. We know what that’s like. My sons do, too — but they’re boys. So we can cry on each other’s shoulders and laugh in each other’s faces. We have all of that.”

Snatched, also starring Amy Schumer, is in theaters now.