updated 12/04/2009 AT 10:55 AM ET
•originally published 12/04/2009 AT 11:15 AM ET
It was a solo act, but Kate Hudson dazzled the crowd in London’s Leicester Square Thursday night for the glamorous world premiere of the all-star movie musical Nine.
Wearing a white strapless gown encrusted with crystals and vertigo-inducing white platform heels, Hudson – currently linked to Yankee star Alex Rodriguez – walked the red carpet by herself and told reporters that her all-singing, all-dancing role was a dream come true, not only for herself but for Ryder, her 5-year-old son with former husband, musician Chris Robinson.
“It’s like the most exhilarating, joyful thing in the world – I had so much fun,” said the 1998 Oscar nominee, who plays a flirtatious journalist in Nine. She told PEOPLE that the film, based on the 1982 Tony-winning Broadway musical (which, in turn, was loosely based on Italian film director Federico Fellini’s slightly autobiographical 1963 8½), made quite an impression on her boy, who often traveled with her to the set.
“It the first time I saw him in shock, recognizing what it is that I do,” she said. “I really think it was the first time it hit him.”
Earlier in the week Hudson and her baseball star beau enjoyed some down time, in the boho neighborhood of Notting Hill, where they stopped for coffee and snapped photos of one another as they shopped.
The Stars Align
The unveiling of the movie, directed by Chicago filmmaker Rob Marshall, certainly took on an Oscar-caliber, international flavor. Also on-hand were Nicole Kidman, Penélope Cruz, Judi Dench and leading man Daniel Day-Lewis.