Gwyneth Paltrow was a guest on the Chelsea Lately show last night, and E! thoughtfully put the entire segment online for the multitudes of people who either don’t watch Chelsea or actively try and ignore her. I usually do the same with Gwyneth, but since it’s my job to pay attention to celebrities and I couldn’t pass this one off on Kaiser, I’m stuck covering this. It’s not like I can’t stand Gwyneth, it’s easy for me to write about people I can’t stand. It’s that I don’t know how to feel about her. On one hand she’s said all these insufferably snotty things that come off like she thinks she’s superior. On the other hand she seems nice in interviews, like she’s really trying to relate to people and come across as “normal.” Maybe she’s just a good actress. Here’s part of what Gwyneth told Chelsea:
On not working out while she was filming Country Strong
At first I was panicked, so I would kind of work out a little bit and then sort of lie… I was like, ‘I’ve gotta stop, I’ve gotta stop… I do this great exercise method, so my body didn’t completely fall apart until just when we were finished filming the movie… and now I’m left with like, you know, problems. [gestures to midsection]
On how she loves to drink
[I drink] a lot. I like red wine, but I’ll drink white, rose. Guinness is my favorite beer, I like a dirty martini, vodka martini. I’m just a lush, basically. I’ll do whatever.
On asking Robert Downey Jr for help understanding addiction for her role in Country Strong
It was actually really challenging. I didn’t understand how you could do something so crazy one night and kind of wreck lives in your wake and wake up and kind of expect to be back to normal. I actually e-mailed Robert Downey Jr., he’s been sober for a long time. But I was like ‘explain to me addiction,’ and he wrote me the most amazing e-mail and it really helped me understand it.
[From The Chelsea Lately show, aired 11-22-10]
Gwyneth also told a cute story about how her six year-old daughter, Apple, switches between a British and a US accent depending on who she’s talking to. How do I explain my feelings toward Gwyneth? She’s the new girl in the eighth grade who was nice to my face but then turned around and tried to poach all of my friends. She seems very nice, but there’s something so calculated and icy about Gwyneth. It’s not like she knows any other way to act, which is why it seems natural.
Gwyneth is shown below on 10/18/10. Credit: WENN.com