“It reflected a lot of my life”

Oliver Hudson stars in Fox’s crime drama The Cleaning Lady, which returns for Season 2 on Monday.

The series (September 19, 9 p.m. on Fox) centers on Thony De La Rosa (Elodie Yung), a former Cambodian-Filipino doctor who works as a cleaner in Las Vegas while she seeks medical treatment for her son. Soon she becomes entangled with the gangster Arman (Adan Canto) and is on his payroll as a cleaning lady and doctor. Hudson plays Garrett Miller, an FBI agent who is after Thony to bring down Arman. Hudson, 46, answered a few questions for The Post.

What attracted you to this role?

I’ve done some plays, I’ve done a show called Nashville, but I’ve really mostly done comedy and it was an opportunity to do something different. And when I spoke to Melissa [Carter] and Miranda [Kwok], our creators, about the character, it wasn’t your regular FBI guy. He’s not a suit and tie, obey the rules. He lives in a gray area. And I saw the pilot and it was really good. It kind of had that streamer feel. It was intentional, it wasn’t all chopped up and timed, it felt like it had some heaviness. I thought it would just be a fun experience. And so far I’m very satisfied. Because I had a choice between a comedy and this one, and I went ahead and chose The Cleaning Lady and it was the right choice.

Elodie Yung and Oliver Hudson walk through an airport together looking exhausted.
Elodie Yung as Thony and Oliver Hudson as Garrett Miller in The Cleaning Lady.
Jeff Neuman

What parts of Garrett do you find relatable?

It makes sense to me on a personal level – Melissa and Miranda probably made up his backstory long before they even thought of me. But I read the backstory they sent me and it reflected a lot of my life. It’s obviously different, but Garrett’s dad was a criminal, and his uncle kind of came in and raised him and was a fireman and a war hero, and that’s what he looked up to. But he always wrestles with this good and bad side of him – is he more like his father or more like his uncle?

I felt the same way. My relationship with my real father, Bill [Hudson] is good now. We fixed things and it’s great. But before that he wasn’t there and my stepfather Kurt [Russell] came into my life and raised me. And you kind of wonder who you are. A part of you is missing because you don’t know this side of your family and you have nothing to look at in the mirror. Well, that was very relatable for me personally in terms of the character.

Oliver Hudson, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell smile together.
Oliver Hudson with his mother Goldie Hawn and stepfather Kurt Russell.

What can you tell about season 2?

The story really ties into Garrett where he has an informant from a previous case who he had an affair with and actually ruined his marriage. And now we find out that she is in danger since she got involved with this dangerous drug lord connected to Tony and Arman and what they are trying to do. That’s where the stories intersect and it gets chaotic. There’s a lot of mistrust and the need to work together, and there are a few fatalities that really rock the show. It’s getting a little gnarly.

Oliver Hudson and Elodie Yung at an airport.
Elodie Yung as Thony and Oliver Hudson as Garrett in Season 2 of The Cleaning Lady.
Jeff Neuman
Oliver Hudson sits across from Adan Canto and looks serious.
Adan Canto as Arman and Oliver Hudson as Garrett in season 2 of The Cleaning Lady.
Jeff Neuman

You come from a family of actors – there’s your sister Kate Hudson, your brother Wyatt Russell, your mother Goldie Hawn, your stepfather Kurt Russell. Do you always look at each other’s projects?

Yes and no – like my brother Wyatt did a show called The Falcon and the Winter Soldier for Marvel I haven’t seen any of those [episodes]. But then he did Under the Banner of Heaven and I watched every episode, which I loved. It was wonderful. So we check each other out, but I guess whether we get locked up or not depends on the show.

Oliver Hudson with his family including Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson and Wyatt Russell.
Oliver Hudson with his family including Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson and Wyatt Russell.

I have to say that with The Cleaning Lady it was the first time in my 20+ year career that my parents watched every episode and were invested. They would come up to me and ask questions like, ‘Oh my god, that was great – what’s going to happen to this?’ I’ve never experienced that with my parents, it felt good.

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