Gwyneth Paltrow turns 40 years old next week: ‘I’m trying to accept myself’

Another day, another quote-dump from Goop. To be fair to her, it’s not like this is a completely new interview. We covered the first excerpts from Gwyneth Paltrow’s InStyle cover interview yesterday – go here to see. Goop discussed how she only allowed her kids to watch TV when it was in Spanish or French, and Goop talked about how her marriage was “challenging” because Chris needs an environment with “gravitas” or some such BS. So these are just more quotes from the InStyle piece, and there are some Goopy gems in here too:

Gwyneth turns 40 years old next week: “I’m taking stock and really looking at everything. I’m trying to accept myself. There’s a Rumi poem, “The Guest House,” about welcoming in all aspects of yourself: The dark, the light, the jealous, the happy. Let them all in. But know that you’re not defined by any single one of them. I’ve become much more serious after experiencing all the ups and downs of life—heartbreak, the death of people I love…These days I feel pretty grounded.”

Why she “works so hard” (LOL): “I’m hard on myself, so I’m working on shifting perspective toward self-acceptance, with all my flaws and weaknesses. The positive thing that drives me is a curiosity and momentum. The negative is a need to validate myself or feel special.”

On her kids: “When Apple was born, she had the hugest blue eyes. I looked into them, and she was looking at me, and I felt like, You are here to teach me everything. After [Moses] was born I had postpartum depression. It was a difficult time, and because of that I believe I have an extra empathy for him, and he for me.”

Goop readers are better than the average peasant: “Goop readers trust my taste and know that I know where to find cool stuff. A city guide is a fast and fun way for them to have access to where I actually eat, shop, get a manicure, and hang out.”

Her common interests with Chris Martin: “We laugh a lot, and at the same jokes,” says Paltrow. “We like the same music and we like to do the same things.”

Having more kids? “My brain says, ‘Oh, I think I’m done, the kids are so big now, and I don’t want to go back to changing diapers.’ But a part of me would love to have another. Of course, I’m old now!”

[Via InStyle and People]

Does anyone else notice that, as always, it’s all about Gwyneth? I mean that even when she’s discussing her children, she’s only talking about herself. When she discusses her Goop readers, it’s all about Gwyneth. I mean, obviously, this is an interview WITH Goop so it’s understandable. But it just feels like everything is about HER experiences, her journey, her rules, her diet, her birthday and no one else’s.

In another interview – done on a TV show, I think – Goop was recently asked if she would ever consider plastic surgery. Goop said, “I want to move my face because I’m supposed to convey emotion in my job. But I have wrinkles so I don’t know – I’m not going to say that I’ll never do anything, but I would always want to look like myself.” Considering CB and I felt like Gwyneth was hittin’ the Botox back in 2010-11, I think she’s being disingenuous. But I believe that she isn’t getting any nips or tucks. I think she just tried Botox for a little while, maybe some fillers too. Oh, and I think she might have gotten a boob job too. So, yeah. Other than that stuff, all natural, right?

Photos courtesy of InStyle, WENN.

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  1. Jackie O says:

    i think she has read one too many deepak chopra books.

  2. shitler says:

    Oh she’s a Libra? That explains EVERYTHING then. The most self centered sign.

  3. cw says:

    U guys must get up at the crack of dawn in order to get all these reports done by 730a yikes

  4. Brown says:

    That eggplant color on the cover shot is gorgeous on her. That being said, every single magazine shot of her face is photoshopped to the max. Compare the middle shot to the first and last shot. Doesn’t even look like the same face.

    Her interviews always make me want to punch a baby or something. She irks me to no end.

    • Trina says:

      Too funny! But that’s exactly how I feel–normally these celeb diatribes just roll off me, but she does make me want to punch something!

      Something tells me that she just spouts this Deepak Chopra nonsense, but if she has a bad day, she probably takes it out on all her staff.

      BTW, when was the last decent movie she made where she was the “star”? My guess is Shakespeare in Love.

  5. Isa says:

    For someone so self aware she seems to have no idea how superficial she is.

  6. yellowshaba says:

    No crinkles or crows feet when she smiles? Yeah all natural my arse lady…nicole kidman called, she wants her denial back..

    • thebutlerdidit says:

      I’ve seen her up close. She’s very thin, body looked pretty tight in her dress, hair looked fried, she is prettier than I expected, but she looks pretty sun damaged. Not sure why she wouldn’t just go and do Fraxel Laser
      I’ve done it, it wasn’t terribly expensive and helped massively.

  7. brin says:

    All I can muster is Bitch, please.

  8. KellyinSeattle says:

    She’s trying to “accept” herself; I am still trying to accept her. She needs to start a cult.

  9. diana says:

    She is beautiful for her age 40, natural or not who cares. I don’t have any bias to a little botox and fillers.

    But how do all these hollywood women stay so fit and young? Sometimes they do make me feel inadequate :(

    • gogoGorilla says:

      They don’t have to go to work on a daily basis unless they have a project, and those usually don’t go on for longer than a couple of months. They have a household manager, a nanny or four, a personal cook, a personal trainer, a money manager, and probably a dermatologist/PS on speed dial.

      So, yeah, if we had that kind of lifestyle, I’m pretty sure we could focus on being young and fresh and stylish, right?

      I’m over Gwyneth. She’s a d&uchebag.

      • diana says:

        biased *against* my grammar went hiding!

        Yeah, you have a point. But who knows, if I have everything, I may end up like 80% of HW, vacuous, alcohol or dug or sex addicted.
        Atleast Gwneth is not hurting anyone else and although preachy, preaching about stuff that doesn’t hurt. I liked her stand up to cancer contribution. And I like the fact that she has good friendships within industry and tries to use them for charity.

  10. marie says:

    she looks good on the cover, that’s the nicest thing I can say about her..

    the pretentiousness of this woman is so dense that I can never take anything she says seriously. I used to like her acting but, I can’t even watch that anymore..

  11. Mel says:

    Two things: I like the part about the Rumi poem, and welcoming in all aspects of yourself. I try and practice that myself, so I can’t try and pretend she’s being all Goop-y by mentioning it.
    But that last picture of her is Horrible with a capital H.

  12. it'sjustblanche says:

    I didn’t realize her hair is so thin. She should lay off the flat iron.

  13. Would Vincet Cassel Wear This? says:

    Entitled, self absorbed and clueless.

  14. Lucy says:

    I thought she was already 40. And these pics are very flattering. Her close up candid pics aren’t nearly as forgiving.

  15. Kate says:

    Ugh. I’m leery of celebs who do interviews and photo shoots with nothing to promote other than themselves. If you have a big project coming up, fine, but if not, it’s just weird. This interview feels like sitting in a plane, waiting to take off, and getting stuck next to a stranger who overshares.

    GP never fails to make me roll my eyes. It seems like all she does is cameos and sell stuff, whether it be on her website or in commercials. I just do not get how she is still relevant. Jennifer Lopez makes me roll my eyes too and I think her only talent is being pretty, but at least she makes movies, music, and tv – all terrible beyond belief, but it’s something.

  16. Em12 says:

    I kind of feel bad for Gwyneth. I think she burst on the acting scene as the darling of two parents established in the business and someone everyone assumed carried a lot of promise, but her career has been filled (mostly) with terrible choices. I once read her first film was almost the Vanilla Ice movie, but her dad basically talked her out of it. Whew! I don’t think she’s a bad actress, but she seems to waste her acting chops of stupid movies like Shallow Hal and View from the Top. Maybe some of the smaller films she’s done have been great; I don’t know. However, I seriously doubt anyone else would’ve won an oscar for Shakespeare in Love. (Sorry for those who consider that blasphemous.) In my opinion, that was nepotism at its worst. I guess my point is that I can’t decide if she’s just extremely arrogant and has bought her own goop/hype or if she’s desperately insecure because she started as the darling of Hollywood but her career choices have frequently been disappointing and other, younger, more talented actresses have since broken on to the scene.

    • mst says:

      Angela Bassett, who is wonderful and so underrated, should have won that year. She was robbed, I tell ya, robbed!

    • Liberty says:

      I know what you mean. Her me-me-me thing makes me laugh and want to throw an extremely loaded handbag at her smirky head. I do think k her career was created by a doting father and she is adrift ever since…so she may be bewildered in a “but daddy said I was special” way. She won her Oscar and then… I liked her in Sliding Doors, in a way… But the last years…gah. I wonder when I read this stuff if she looks at other people like Victoria Beckham or Stella or someone who she feels had fame from career or parent, then became more famous. I am choosing British examples because that seems to be how she rolls. Does she envy Kiera or Giada or Amy Adams? Such turmoil, expressed via telling others how to live or purge.

  17. lucy2 says:

    The cover photo is nice.

    You are so right in that it’s ALL about her all the time. People like that are exhausting.

  18. dilettante says:

    Didn’t she have her eyes done a couple of years ago? They went from pretty straight across to a more Slavic uplift. She also had her nose done at least once, the first time ages ago. I don’t criticize anyone at all who has work done — I would like to change a couple of things on my face! But either don’t talk about it, or tell the truth. Lies are not becoming.

  19. Jayna says:

    Oh, my God. I am not a hater. I like her fine. But even this was too much for me. And to compare it to that great Denzel interview about “something,” rather than this. It made me think back to Natasha Richardson on Charlie Rose, and she was so fascinating and interesting, not all about yoga and me, me, me, blah, blah, blah.

    That being said, I hear hitting 40 is hard for women. You get over it, but the actual turning it is hard for a little while.

  20. Jmabbers says:

    Can only think of one word. Irrelevant.

  21. TheOneAndOnlyOnly says:

    Good, because much of the public has soundly rejected your pretentious yammering; this, from a noodelhead whose recent achievements include Country strong and attempting to sing on that magnificent piece of creativity called Glee.

  22. Happy21 says:

    Ugh I loathe her and she covers the only magazine that I faithfully buy every month. She’s been on it before and I’ve bought it but can’t bring myself to read the interview. I dislike her THAT much!

  23. natalina says:

    thought she was 40 already…

  24. meh says:

    She looks like Kate Moss in that bottom pic! I think that’s the first time I’ve seen a picture of her and thought “holy crap, she looks hot!”

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