Gwyneth Paltrow Called Fame A “Terrible Thing” And Said She Had “Imposter Syndrome” Over Winning An Oscar
Anna Faris had Goop Queen, Gwyneth Paltrow on her Unqualified podcast and they talked about Gwyneth’s pre-Goop acting career and winning the Best Actress Oscar at 26 years old for Shakespeare In Love. Gwyneth told Anna that she suffered “imposter syndrome” and actually had some lonely times after her big win. She also said that fame is “terrible” and only impedes a person’s human development. Well, being incredibly rich sure doesn’t, so take the hit, Gwyn.
During their talk, Gwyneth said that while she’s been famous for her entire adult life, she doesn’t really think it’s a good thing. Yeah, because she’d have a multi-million-dollar lifestyle brand for the uber-wealthy if she wasn’t a famous actress. Come on Gwyneth, if you wanna sell vagina eggs to the people, you gotta have the brand and followers first! via Yahoo!:
“I’ve been in the public eye for so many years, the surreal part is having been famous, basically, my whole adult life, so I don’t know what it means to be a grown-up without all of the scrutiny and all of the wonderful things and terrible things that come with being a famous person… I think our culture idealizes fame so much, and I actually think it’s [a] pretty terrible thing to be famous, if our purpose on the planet is for human development and to really become the truest, best version of ourselves. I think fame is a huge impediment to that, and I’ve had to work really hard to separate the fame from who I am.”
Winning the Oscar wasn’t totally a positive one for Gwyneth and she thought what everyone thought about her win, which was, “Um, Gwyneth Paltrow doesn’t really deserve that Oscar.” Gwyneth hid out at her parent’s home in Santa Monica and struggled with feeling lonely: via People:
“In LA everybody was so supportive. I remember winning and feeling like the tide sort of turned and there was this feeling of when you have that much attention on you and that much energy, it was really, really overwhelming… I remember I was staying with my parents at their house in Santa Monica and I just kind of hid for three weeks afterward… It was so intense. Lonely is the right word, it was really strange… It was the weirdest most surreal time. You’re also kind of embarrassed that you’re nominated for an Oscar and you have imposter syndrome and you think, “I can’t even believe this is happening. I’m not even that good. Does everybody hate me?” …I was kind of like, “Well, of course, I’m not going to win but it’s kind of cool, too.””
You know I wish that Gwyneth would get some “imposter syndrome” when it comes to other things. Like maybe medical and health advice? Maybe that’s a venue she should consider having less confidence in.
Gwyneth also spoke about her conscious uncoupling from Chris Martin who she was married to for ten years. She said that she “never wanted to not be married to father of my kids, theoretically.” But she said that breaking up forced her to focus on “accountability” and led her to the “most amazing man,” her current husband, Brad Falchuk. via People:
“I like to fight by shutting down… I leave the room. And he’s like, “No,” he’s like, “Absolutely not. We are sitting down and we are figuring this out.” And he demands that I am honest with myself in a way that is hard for me but which really helps me grow… I think I recognized his amazing qualities. It was like being with some kind of jiu-jitsu master where they’re like, “I’m going to make you see your own stuff so you can win and advance.””
Oh god, is Gwyneth Paltrow going to take up Jiu-Jitsu and start acting like she invented it the way she invented yoga? Stay tuned for the “Goop Does Jiu-Jitsu” article where she sells you $500 G-Brand Gis blessed by a ketotarian shaman.