Celebrity Gossip Break: Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow graced last month’s cover of Vogue magazine and I just got around to reading it. Minus the fame and multimillion-dollar paycheck, here is a snippet about work-life balance we can all relate to:

If Gwyneth’s life sounds like it runs like clockwork, the last two years, since Moses’ birth, have not been easy. “You know, I had postnatal depression after Moses. I didn’t know I had it until after it was over,” she says. “I just didn’t know what was wrong with me.” When I ask her how she felt during that time, she says, “I felt really out of my body. I felt really disconnected. I felt really down; I felt pessimistic.” Part of the cause, she believes, was that she had immersed herself so deeply in motherhood that she had stopped doing anything for herself. Pre-baby indulgences such as acupuncture and massage were dropped. “It was not helpful. I do think it is important for mothers to take some time for themselves.” (However, even now, despite the fact that her job requires an extremely beautiful body, Gwyneth will work out only while her children are either at school or napping; “otherwise, I would feel like this is really indulgent.”)

As Gwyneth tucks into a dumpling, she recalls that her desire to act again resurfaced “when Moses was about six months old. The fire came back to work. I was starting to feel that as an artist I was missing something.” When actor/director Jon Favreau asked her to play the supporting role of Virginia “Pepper” Potts opposite Robert Downey, Jr., in Iron Man, it seemed like an ideal way to step back into a career that is almost incompatible with motherhood. “When I had Apple, I just couldn’t bear the thought of leaving her. When I work, I leave the house before the kids are awake. And I come home and they’re asleep. So that’s why, ever since having them, I’ve never played a lead in a movie…but when Jon called me about Iron Man, I thought, This is the kind of cast I dream of working with, and I could go back to work and not work five days a week. It was the perfect, perfect job for me.”

Paltrow, BTW, did not have a nanny for the first year and a half of Apple’s life. Instead, they toured with her husband Chris Martin (Coldplay), waking up in a different city every day. Sounds nightmarish, but Paltrow insists she does not regret it.

As for the movie, I have not seen Iron Man. But, I recently saw the Incredible Hulk starring that other leading momma Liv Tyler. (Worth it!) It was probably too violent for a small child like Ari, who picked the movie. But at least for me, the violence of an imaginary green monster throwing cars does not offend me as much as a realistic battle scene in Gladiator, which I would never let Ari see.

Still, despite picking Hulk, Ari was disappointed and bored throughout the movie. (Too much plot for a four-year-old.) But he would sit up in his seat every time Bruce, played by actor Edward Norton, would turn into the Hulk.

What movies have you seen this summer?


59 thoughts on “Celebrity Gossip Break: Gwyneth Paltrow

  1. We don’t really do movies

    but little bro treated us to Iron Man.  Rory LOVED it (I know, she’s two), yelling “Go, Robot guy” whenever the suit was on scren.  I don’t think I’ll see Hulk till it is out on netflix, but I will be going to Dark  Knight.  :)

  2. Refreshing

    truthes from a real mom.  We saw Indiana Jones and really enjoyed it.  The teenagers in the audience didn’t get it but it was true to the originals.  The good guys win and the bad guys get eaten by giant ants!  
    We took the kids to Kung Fu Panda and we all liked that as well.  Jack Black is so funny!

  3. LOVE Gwyneth

    I have had a crush on Gwynnie for years. I know she gets a bad rap as pretentious, but I dig her honesty.

    Also LOVED Iron Man. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it! I’m not an action movie buff, but it was good. Robert Downey Jr. made the movie but I also liked Gwyneth as Pepper.

    LOVED Sex and the City. Hoping to catch that one in the theaters again.

    Next weekend: Kung Fu Panda.

  4. I like Gweneth,

    but the Gwen I really have a crush on is Stefani…

    I haven’t seen Iron Man, but I’m probably going to catch that this weekend.  I’ve heard great things about it!

    LOVED the Sex and the City movie too. Erika and I are hoping to catch that together, again. AFTER, the pre-requisite cosmos, of course!

    Cristian wants to see The Hulk, but I’m really not interested. I’m hoping that PapiBlez will take him!!

  5. loved iron man

    hated gwenny’s part though. There’s a scene in the middle where the strong-ish woman she’s supposed to be  becomes just another stark-struck fawning all over him, which was weak, WEAK!

    Otherwise, I’m not a GP fan. She hasn’t been in anything I’ve ever liked.

    Summer movies- I am sorry but I loved loved loved Indiana Jones. I don’t care what anyone says. Plus KungFu Panda was really good! DH and I are Jack Black fans and we are trying to get Lily to say “skadoosh” as often as we do. :)

    • Pepper wasn’t handled well

      the role was saved from being awful; she was competent and self-respecting, and it made sense for her to be freaked out and out of her depth in a lot of those weird situations.  But that was taken to extremes and the party scene was a few degrees toward wrong.

  6. Gwynnie!

    I am always fascinated by her seemingly charmed and princess-like life. Winning an Oscar on her, I don’t know, third movie, wearing a big pink dress to accept her award, and buying herself her loaned diamond bracelet to commemorate her win. (“Mommy’s wearing her Oscar bracelet! Mom, tell us again how you won your Oscar!”). I also read that her father said that he took her to Paris for the first time because he wanted her to see Paris with a man who would always love her. (It’s ok to cry on that one!). Sigh, gotta love Gwynnie.

    But I am chastened to read that I had more help with my son than Gwynnie, and I did work out during his babysitting time … with nowhere near the results, to put it mildly. I totally feel like a slacker.

    • definitely seems to lead a charmed life

      but unlike so many others out there, I just can’t hate her for it, you know? Like you, it just makes me admiring and a tad envious.

      LOVE the tidbit about Paris with her dad…just lovely.

    • Whatevs

      Not a slacker.  I’m sure Gwyneth does not have to clean her own house, and probably has help with cooking, too.  It frees up a good amount of time.

    • I always felt awful for the flack

      Gwyneth got over the Oscar scene. I remember reading when her father died that they all learned about his cancer diagnosis just before the Oscars. The tears, potentially the badly fitting dress, make a lot more sense in light of that; the woman was struggling with probably the biggest case of “mixed emotions” any of us ever will!

  7. I loathe her

    She is uneducated and spoiled.  She attended college for one semester and then dropped out because it was too hard.  Her rich parents just got her jobs in the movies instead.  I think she is talentless and her dismal british accent is as bad as Madonna’s ( not all of the Brits talk through their nose!).  Blonde, rich and skinny.  So what?  Where are the great actresses of the past these days?  Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Ann Bancroft. They all studied acting for years and really had natural talent.  These days it is just pretty people who look good in clothes.  It is hard to stay awake during their “performances”.  As for Iron Man, I cant go see it since Mr. Norton has such a high, girly voice every time he speaks I burst out laughing and fear I will be ejected from the theatre.  What a flamer!  

    • you’re mistaken

      The leading actor in Iron Man is Robert Downey Jr., not Edward Norton.

      Edward Norton is in The Incredible Hulk. Way to casually toss out a homophobic slur, though!

      I find your comments here to be almost universally negative and nasty. Please knock off the slurs, or find another board to frequent.

      • I don’t like the casual

        slurs either.  Maybe you could tone it down a bit?  That said, I don’t know what you’re talking about.  Norton, effeminate?  No way!

        • he’s one of DH’s and my fav actors

          Edward Norton, and, actually, Robert Downey Jr. as well… I don’t get the effeminate comment either (and don’t know if it’s directed to Norton or Downey Jr, as SD seems confused on the point). Perhaps because neither are stereotypically “beefy”, she believes they’re girly? Very limiting view of masculinity, IMHO, but hey.

          FWIW, I admire both actors tremendously.

          • Norton?

            effeminate? Hardly!

            I keep thinking of that movie he did with Richard Gere, where he killed a priest, and tried to convince the jury that it was one of his multiple personalities. I can’t remember the name of that movie, but it was great!

            • shudder…

              That movie still gives me the willies. Was it called “Primal Fear”? I can’t remember. But yeah…that final scene…I actually can’t watch Edward Norton now because of that scene. He always looks like a really scary hidden psychopath to me now!

          • I’ve loved him

            since this

            “A lot of us have talked to the Academy Awards producers about this and I think they’re actually going to scuttle the gift baskets and that kind of stuff.?

            ?I mean the gift baskets, worth amounts of money that a low income family could live on for a year, (are given to) people who have so much already. It gets depressing. You sit there, going, ‘This is an embarrassment.'”

            Good man, we couldn?t agree more.

            and this

            “Picking through $35,000 gift baskets is disgusting and shameful. My suggestion was to have the Academy commit to [charitable] contributions in the name of the winners.”

    • education

      Education has more to do with how you educate yourself than whether or not you went to or finished college. I’ve known a lot of uneducated PhD’s, and plenty of well-educated people that only graduated from high school. I find that comment offensive and snobby.

    • wow what a lot of venom

      Would you describe yourself as educated?  It appears you missed some great lessons.  Derogatory name calling and offensive remarks are right up the alley you purport to so vehemently disdain.   Ironic.

    • Get your movies straight

      and your actors.  Edward Norton is in the Incredible Hulk,  Robert Downey Jr. is in Iron Man. Both are previous Oscar Nominees. Both are immensely talented.  Neither deserve to be the butt of a homophobic slur.

      • slightly OT

        but did you see that Cyd Sharisse died this week, Katie? I was really saddened to hear it; I really idolized her and Ginger Rogers when I was a kid. God, she was a talented dancer.

        • Cyd!

          My very very favorite dance scene ever was Cyd Charisse and Fred Astaire, it was a number called “Dancing in the Dark” from the movie The Bandwagon.

          Hey! Just found in on YouTube!

          Whew…I’m covered in chills after watching it. She is just elegance and grace personified. I felt a pang when I heard of her passing.

          • sorry to break the bad news…

            she was 86. I read a lot of the obits/republished interviews, and especially loved her descriptions of working for the studios during the “studio system” years. I really love the actors from that era, because they all seem to have a real practical, non-precious view of the profession. Very, “it was a good paycheck.”

  8. So far

    we’ve seen Indiana Jones and Kung Fu Panda. Liked both, they were what I expected them to be. And I can still look at Harrison Ford on the big screen, regardless of age.

    I hope that Get Smart is good because I watched the series as a kid [and loved it] and also because I generally enjoy Steve Carell. I still need to find a girls’ night so I can go see SATC.

  9. Loved Iron Man

    Loved Indiana Jones–as did both the boys!

    Plan to see Kung Fu Panda soon–we’re going to Lake Michigan next week, and that may be a good activity for all the cousins late in the week.

  10. I watched

    “The Other Boleyn Girl” the other night.  Needn’t have bothered.  The director’s commentary was better than the actual movie…says something when not hearing the actors is an improvement.

  11. I vaguely remember movies.

    So far, I’ve only seen “Sex and the City.”  My next must see is “Get Smart.”  But otherwise, it doesn’t happen much.

    • what a remarkable speech!

      I have always admired Ms. Rowling and felt she has earned every success that has come to her. I loved this part especially:

      So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had already been realised, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.

      Gee, you’re good, Karen! Thanks for pointing that out.

      • I loved reading

        and hearing her speech.  There are so many that come and go on commencement days, but this one stood at for me.  Glad you enjoyed it too.


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