Flashback to 2000: When Kate Hudson was 'Almost Famous'

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FLASHBACK: 21-Year-Old Kate Hudson on Becoming Playing Penny Lane in 'Almost Famous'

It's hard to believe that it's been 15 years since Almost Famous first hit theaters, making stars out of its young cast, including Kate Hudson, Patrick Fugit, and Zooey Deschanel.

Of course, ET wasn't the only one who realized Hudson was a star-in-the-making, which is why director Cameron Crowe cast her as Penny Lane.

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"I found Penny Lane's character to be such an amazing female role," a 21-year-old Hudson told ET at the time. "I got totally sucked into her life and when I did walk onto set, my emotions were so surfaced because of all the work that we had done. It was very easy for me to go different places."

Though, Hudson wasn't initially supposed to play the storied band promoter based on the real life of Pennie Trumbull. In fact, the actress first read for the part of Anita Miller, which later went to future New Girl, Deschanel.

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"I read for the part of Anita, which is Cameron's sister," Hudson revealed, unaware of what she was getting herself into. "Actually, the strange thing was I didn't know what I was reading for. Basically I got told that Cameron Crowe is doing a movie and I said I will be an extra!"

"I had a really strong, gut feeling that was going to be a part of my career," she added, almost knowing the role would eventually earn her a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Since then, Hudson has become a box office draw starring in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Nine, and the upcoming ensemble, Mother's Day. Though, we can never forget the days of Penny Lane!

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Flashback to 2000: When Kate Hudson was 'Almost Famous'
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 25: Goldie Hawn, Donatella Versace and Kate Hudson arrive at Versace Fashion Show during Paris Fashion Week : Haute Couture S/S 2015 on January 25, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/GC Images)
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PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 25: (L-R) Kate Hudson, Donatella Versace and Goldie Hawn attend the Versace show as part of Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2015 on January 25, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 25: (L-R) Sophie Lopez, Kate Hudson and Goldie Hawn attend the Versace show as part of Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2015 on January 25, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 25: (L-R) Goldie Hawn, Donatella Versace and Kate Hudson attend the Versace show as part of Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2015 on January 25, 2015 in Paris, France. . (Photo by Foc Kan/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 25: (L-R) Goldie Hawn, Donatella Versace and Kate Hudson attend the Versace show as part of Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2015 on January 25, 2015 in Paris, France. . (Photo by Foc Kan/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 25: (L-R) Goldie Hawn, Donatella Versace and Kate Hudson attend the Versace show as part of Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2015 on January 25, 2015 in Paris, France. . (Photo by Foc Kan/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 25: Kate Hudson and Goldie Hawn attend the Versace show as part of Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2015 on January 25, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 25: Goldie Hawn, Donatella Versace and Kate Hudson arrive at Versace Fashion Show during Paris Fashion Week : Haute Couture S/S 2015 on January 25, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 25: Kate Hudson attends the Versace show as part of Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2015 on January 25, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michel Dufour/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 25: (L-R) Sophie Lopez, Kate Hudson with her mother Goldie Hawn and Michelle Rodriguez attend the Versace show as part of Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2015 on January 25, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michel Dufour/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 25: (L-R) Ellie Goulding, Dougie Poynter, Sophie Lopez, Kate Hudson with her mother Goldie Hawn, Michelle Rodriguez, guest and David Furnish attend the Versace show as part of Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2015 on January 25, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michel Dufour/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 25: (L-R) Sophie Lopez, Kate Hudson with her mother Goldie Hawn, Michelle Rodriguez, guest and David Furnish attend the Versace show as part of Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2015 on January 25, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michel Dufour/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 25: Kate Hudson arrives at Versace Fashion Show during Paris Fashion Week : Haute Couture S/S 2015 on January 25, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/GC Images)
Kate Hudson waves to photographers as she leaves the show of the Atelier Versace Spring-Summer 2015 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Paris, France, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
From left, Goldie Hawn, Italian fashion designer Donatella Versace and Kate Hudson pose as they arrive for the show of the Atelier Versace Spring-Summer 2015 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Paris, France, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
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