The Oscar winner, 74, who has been with Russell, 69, for 37 years says he always makes her feel beautiful. “The other night we were going to go have dinner. He looks at me and goes, ‘You’re unbelievable,'” recalls Hawn while sitting down for PEOPLE’s Beautiful Issue cover shoot in February in L.A. “‘He said I cannot believe how [beautiful] you look.’ He really appreciates that.”
Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn
Their daughter Kate Hudson is also in awe of her parents’ strong bond. “You and Pa have been together for so long and sometimes I look at it and I’m like, How do you guys do it?'” she admits. “I’m still working on that.”
Living up to Hawn and Russell’s relationship “is really the goal,” Hudson adds to PEOPLE. “Just the fact that they’ve been able to maintain a unit for all of us, in times of turmoil, they really are the center of all of our lives.”
Warner Bros/Kobal/Shutterstock Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell in 1984
The two “complement each other so well,” insists Hudson. “Mom is kinetic and she is a butterfly. And Pa likes his family and his home. But when they’re together, it’s so powerful.”
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Hawn describes their relationship as “a good unit.”
“It is really good combination,” she says. The actress recently told Russell she would love to do a one-woman show in New York. “And he said that’s why we needed that apartment; I knew you’re going to do this one day,” she recalls. “That was so sweet.”
At home, Hawn agrees Russell is more low-key. “He can sit and watch his games. He loves golf and you know, he loves his home. In the meantime, I say, ‘So no bike ride?'” she says, laughing.
Over the years, the two have perfected a balance. “You want to stay in your power, but you also want to be forgiving. And you want to understand and have compassion for the other person,” Hawn says. “If you cannot do that, then you’re not giving yourself a real fair chance at a long-term relationship. And that’s a lesson that we all have to learn.”
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