BY DONNA FREYDKIN
Ladies, need a little help with your eyeliner? Assistance with your lip gloss? Just text Kate Hudson.
If her career ended today, "I'd be a makeup artist. I do all my girlfriends' makeup. I love doing makeup," says Hudson.
Little chance of that happening, given that Hudson shimmies her way into "Kung Fu Panda 3," opening Friday. The third installment of the series has Po (Jack Black) reuniting with his dad (Bryan Cranston) while also battling an evil warrior (J.K. Simmons). Lucy Liu returns as Viper, the group's wise, maternal voice. And Hudson is a champion ribbon dancer.
"I'm a new panda. She's so funny. She's the self-proclaimed best ribbon dancer in all of China," says Hudson.
Hudson has two sons, Ryder and Bing, which means she's got major cool-mom points for joining the "Kung Fu Panda" series. "I'm in with the sixth graders. And Bing, I think it's the first time he's realized what I do -- but I'm a panda," she says.
Liu, meanwhile, has a new baby, Rockwell, so she's still dealing with the logistics of raising a baby while retaining her own sense of self.
"I'm still painting and it's going really great. There's a lot going on. You can't stop creating and living your life. I go out to dinners and go to the theater. I go to Trader Joe's all the time. I love that place," she says.
She also plays Sherlock Holmes' partner, a former surgeon, on CBS' "Elementary," a series well-suited to her lifestyle. It means Rockwell can come to work with her, and she's home for dinner.
"I needed to slow down and have less traveling, essentially," she says. "Our career is not stable at all. When he was six days old, he was already on set."