Hollywood actress Kate Hudson insists her step-father Kurt Russell had as much influence on her growing up as her mother Goldie Hawn.

The HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS star, who was raised by real mum Hawn and her long-term actor partner Russell, refers to her paternal relationship as "phenomenal" and credits him for teaching her about life.

She says, "(My mother) is absolutely the biggest influence. But my Pa (Russell) is just as big an influence on me as my mother.

"He's my first real relationship with a man and that's one of the most important things for women - their relationship with their father.

"And my relationship with Kurt has been just phenomenal.

"He's taught me so many things about trust and love and so that's huge for a girl."