Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell reflect on their 37-year romance: 'Relationships go through periods, sometimes really hard times'

Erin Donnelly
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Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn attend The Women's Cancer Research Fund's An Unforgettable Evening Benefit Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 28, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn attend The Women's Cancer Research Fund's An Unforgettable Evening Benefit Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 28, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell are still going strong, but onscreen and off. The couple will soon reprise their roles as Santa and Mrs. Claus in Netflix’s The Christmas Chronicles 2, but it’s their longtime romance — 37 years and counting — that dominated the bulk of their joint interview with CBS Sunday Morning.

Sitting down with CBS correspondent Tracy Smith, the pair reveal that they first crossed paths during the filming of the Disney musical The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band in 1968. It wasn’t quite love at first sight, though. At only 15 — “I didn’t have a [driver’s] license] — Russell was “way too young” for Hawn, then in her early 20s and “dating older guys.”

But circumstances had changed by the time they were paired up for the World War II romantic drama Swing Shift, which began filming in 1983. Both older and divorced with kids, the co-stars embarked on what would become a decades-long relationship — despite Russell’s determination to undermine any potential relationship.

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Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell arrive at the Premiere of Netflix's 'The Christmas Chronicles' at Fox Bruin Theater on November 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jerod Harris/FilmMagic,)
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell arrive at the Premiere of Netflix's 'The Christmas Chronicles' at Fox Bruin Theater on November 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/FilmMagic,)

“Matter of fact, when I met Goldie, I was at a time in my life, and a period in my life, when I was going to put my worst foot forward when it came to any kind of a relationship with the possibility of a relationship,” the 69-year-old actor confessed. “I put my worst foot forward. If you can handle that, then maybe there’s a chance of some reality there of being together.”

His comment seemed to stun Hawn, who will turn 75 on Nov. 21.

“You put your worst foot forward? I could hardly say that,” she shot back. “I would say, if you’d done that with me, I wouldn’t be here today.”

But Russell insisted that he had put his worst foot forward with Hawn.

“Well, the first time I met her, I was horribly hungover,” he said. “That’s not a good foot forward.”

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As Hawn protested “but you were fun,” Russell added, “Well, I didn’t try to put my best foot forward because it’s a hard thing to hold that up. Once you’ve done that, now you’ve established something, you’ve set a bar that you can’t stay with ...”

Hawn’s response: “You’re really confusing me right now.”

At that point they each burst into laughter, with Hawn quipping, “This is like a group therapy session!”

Despite that misunderstanding, Hawn and Russell are on the same page when it comes to the success of their partnership. “There’s no secret,” they both told Smith.

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That’s not to say that they don’t have any advice.

“You both want to be together,” Hawn said as Russell burst out laughing. “You’ve got to want to be together.”

Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn during Goldie Hawn at Carlyle Hotel at Carlyle Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn during Goldie Hawn at Carlyle Hotel at Carlyle Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

“You’re right,” Russell added when Hawn questioned his laughter. “It’s up, and down, it’s sideways, it’s whatever. At the end of the day, how do you explain it? ... It’s the same thing as what you’re saying. I call that love.”

While the couple has weathered breakup rumours over the years, Hawn shared, “You can actually survive a relationship in a way that when you get older you go, ‘[Sigh] I’m so glad I got through whatever period that was.’ Relationships go through periods, sometimes really hard times. But there’s nothing sweeter than having a family, and that is worth everything.”

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