Gwyneth Paltrow On Parenting, Provocation & Fame

In 1998 she rose to fame with Shakespeare in Love, winning the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best actress, now she is talking with ES Magazine about parenting teenagers, creating controversy and not turning into an a**hole when fame hits.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow is famous for portraying the character Pepper Potts in the Marvel Universe and also for being the face of Estée Lauder’s Pleasures perfume. However, in the interview the focus is on different matters, such as parenting teenagers together with her ex-husband Chris Martin.

She remembers asking her adult friends with divorced parents what their memories were about their family and hearing about parents that hated each other or that didn’t speak. She didn’t want that for her children.

“Family structure can be reinvented and divorce doesn’t have to be devastating. It doesn’t have to be the end of your relationship with somebody,” explained Gwyneth. Although the couple was meant to be together and have their children, they are much better off as friends and co-parents.

As the owner of Goop, a modern lifestyle brand, Gwyneth uses the opportunity to talk more about women’s sexual health (especially to Londoners who are apparently less prudish than New Yorkers). The website offers beauty, style, and health advice, while also pushing boundaries and being provocative.

For example, one section on Goop website is dedicated to orgasms and it sells a golden vibrator and golden handcuffs, among other things. “Any time you write or talk about women’s sexual health, there’s a furore,” said Gwyneth. That is exactly why Goop loves to “poke the bear a little bit”. “People say, ‘Oh it’s controversial’, but we’re just asking questions.”

Although she rose to fame at a young age, she managed to come back to earth with the help of her dad. She discusses how fame at a young age can become extremely dangerous, especially when all the things that turn somebody into a good person suddenly disappear. “Everyone removes obstacles for you all the time,” she said.

The full interview appears in this week’s issue of ES Magazine, out Thursday 17th January 2019.

Cristina Diaconu
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Cristina is a former film studies and journalism student at the University of Huddersfield. She is passionate about travelling and analogue photography and thinks Friends is the best sitcom of all time.

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