Fame is a funny thing, and for Gwyneth Paltrow she doesn’t like it all that much, as she opened up on being famous in a chat with Naomi Campbell.
Appearing on the model’s YouTube series, the Goop founder addressed her stepping back from Hollywood in 2017 as she continued working on her massive lifestyle company.
The star – who won an Oscar aged 26 for her role in Shakespeare In Love – said she doesn’t feel comfortable with fame, having been in the public eye for more than 20 years.
Speaking to Naomi for the supermodel’s No Filter web series, Gwyneth – who recently opened up on how ‘rough boss’ Harvey Weinstein nearly pushed her out of acting – said she began reassessing her career as she got older and questioned whether she actually enjoyed what she did for a job.
She said: ‘I think a lot of that also comes from the fact that I – and this is something that I think I realised later in life – actually haven’t been that comfortable being a public person or being in front of the camera even though I’ve done it for so long.
‘There’s a part of me that really feels shy and doesn’t feel like I’m naturally an extrovert like that.’
She added: ‘I started doing it so young … I went for a long time before I asked myself, “like, do I like this job? Am I comfortable doing this? Do I want to be an actor?” It took me a while to ask myself that question.’
Asked by Naomi what her answer was, she said: ‘It was “no!”‘
After marrying TV producer Brad Falchuk in 2018, Gwyneth appeared in Netflix drama The Politician the following year, a show her husband co-created, and joked only he could entice her back to acting.
She said: ‘Someone said “what is it going to take to get you acting again?” And I said I have to be f**king the writer!
‘But that’s sort of it, if my husband writes something and he wants me to do it, I’ll do it.
‘I can never say never. I would like to go back on stage one day, I really loved doing theatre.’
The star recently opened up on how her family is coping in lockdown with kids daughter Apple and son Moses, who she shares with ex-husband and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.
‘I think Moses my 14-year-old son is having the hardest time with it,’ she said on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
‘I mean, what’s great is that he is a skateboarder, so he can do a lot of solo outside exercise and work on skills and tricks and stuff like that, but I think it’s very hard to be 14.’
Gwyneth continued: ‘As you know, and all the parents that are watching your show know – it’s tough on the ones that are still in the most intense developmental stages, I sort of observe.
‘My daughter’s 16, she kind of knows who she is, she’s got her friends, my son would have started high school in September and I think it’s hard socially.’
However, Gwyneth did add: ‘But I’ve been so amazed at how adaptable kids are during this time and how agile they’ve been, so hats off to all these kids around the world who are just getting through it.’
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