Gwyneth Paltrow learned one of the biggest lessons of her life when her late father once called her “an ***hole.”
“I remember when I was maybe 27 years old and kind of at the height of my movie stardom—it was around the time of the Oscar and this and that,” she tells Samantha Bee in Harper’s Bazaar for their latest cover story.
“I think I was very much believing my own hype, which how could you not? I was sitting with my dad, feeling great about my life and everything that was happening, and he was like, "You know, you're getting a little weird…You're kind of an asshole." And I was like, "What the hell?" I was totally devastated. But it turned out to be basically the best thing that ever happened to me. It's the difference between someone who loves you more than anything in the world giving you criticism and getting it from some bitter stranger on the Internet. What my dad said to me was the kind of criticism where I was like, "Oh, my God, I'm on the wrong track." I'm so grateful to him for doing that. He was such a no-nonsense guy in that sense.”
Gwyneth also dished on what Beyoncé is really like behind the scenes—let’s just say Goopster Gwynnie does the cooking.
“If you met her and you didn't know who she was or what she did, it would be inconceivable to you that she was Beyoncé. Some really famous people, even when they're off-duty, have this energy that is sort of overpowering. She does not have that. She is so dialed down. She's the sweetest mother. She's very shy. You would not believe she is Beyoncé Knowles. You would be like, ‘No, that was not her.’ And that's why when I see her perform, I'm like, ‘Oh, s**t, I forgot.’”
When Samantha jokes, “I forgot you did this stuff! I just thought you were the lady who made grilled cheese!” Gwyneth clarifies who does the cheese melting.
“She doesn't make grilled cheese. Definitely not. I make the grilled cheese,” she says.
As for family life at home with kids Apple and Moses, Gwyneth admits she’s raising them in particularly strange circumstances.
“In my case, I've borne these two kids into a particularly strange circumstance. They are going to have to fend off a lot and protect themselves from a lot of projections and prejudice about who they are, coming from the family that they come from. My daughter is super ballsy. I always follow her lead. I actually don't need to encourage her to take risks. She likes to push herself; she wants to see how far she can get. It's really inspiring to see that in a young woman,” she says.
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