Marshall, who died on Tuesday at the age of 81, played a large role in Hudson’s acting career – she first met him at the age of 8 on set of her mom Goldie Hawn‘s 1987 movie with partner Kurt Russell, Overboard.
Hudson went on to be directed by Marshall in 2004’s Raising Helen and Mother’s Day, which was released this past April.
The actress, 37, wrote on Instagram: “A hard day for those of us in the Garry camp. In reflection, I share some memories and feelings with you. Garry and I were shooting Mothers Day this past year my children came to visit the set. I was behind a wall about to do a scene waiting for the very words that every working actor is quite used to, ‘and….ACTION!’ Much to my pleasant surprise the voice booming from behind the wall was my son, Ryder. I couldn’t help but smile and after we finished the scene both Garry and I shared a moment. We knew in an instant that so many things come full circle. That once upon a time that was me on his lap yelling ACTION for my mother and pa on Overboard in 1987. That in Garry’s words in that moment, “The circle of life is an amazing thing isn’t it…” In that moment he was more then my director, he was family.
“That moment meant way more then any success of any film. I looked around the set and saw faces I had known and seen since I was a little girl. In one flash of a moment there was so much recognition of how loyal, wonderful, kind, generous, funny and profound Garry was. He kept his loved ones close, he loved people, he loved making movies, he loved to laugh, he loved loved loved. And those of us who were fortunate to know him like this were so lucky.”
“The messages Garry shared with the world truly represented his character. He wanted peace and the importance of family and connection to be at the forefront of everything he did. I have so much admiration for his purity of such loving messages. He created things that made us feel good because he just wanted people around him to be happy.”
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“Once while shooting Raising Helen, I was reaching for a laugh. I didn’t feel that a scene was going right and I wasn’t hitting the joke and I was incredibly frustrated. He came over to me and gently held my hand and said, ‘Kate, sometimes we don’t need to laugh, sometimes making us smile is even more important.’ Garry wanted to see the world smile because he knew we all need more of that. To everyone in the Garry Marshall family, I love you all so much. I will miss you Garry I love you.”