During Hudson's formative years, she rarely fought with her mother. "I remember one time, she chased me around the house with a wooden spoon. She was so mad at me and she didn't know what to do, because my mom doesn't really get like that. She was cooking -- I said something horrible -- and she looked at me and she said, 'What did you just say?'" Hudson (in New York City) recalled. "I couldn't help but laugh. . . We both burst into laughter."