Gwyneth Paltrow says she had a casting couch situation: “I left”


Elle Magazine’s November issue is devoted to “Women In Hollywood” (full slideshow here). They profile four women – Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hilary Swank, and Sofia Coppola. Now… do these four (rich, privileged, white) women represent Hollywood as we know it? Um, not really. But they all have projects to promote, so they were picked. Gwynth’s little interview excerpts are especially interesting – poor Goopy had to deal with a douchey dude who wanted to have sex with her in exchange for a part! Poor Goopy! That dude had no idea Steven Spielberg is her godfather.

Q. Have you ever had a casting-couch experience?
A. Yup. When I was just starting out, someone suggested that we finish a meeting in the bedroom. I left. I was pretty shocked. I could see how someone who didn’t know better might worry, “My career will be ruined if I don’t give this guy a blow job!”

Q. How do you feel about the kinds of roles available to women today?
A. Kind of dejected. There’s a lot that’s okay, but there’s little that’s really good, especially for someone my age. Sometimes you find out that something you really liked is going to someone 10 years younger. I find it heartening that Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock have been able to find and create amazing projects.

Q. How do you balance work and motherhood?
A. It’s really hard. One night in Nashville, my son was screaming with a terrible stomachache. I was like, “I have to get out of here!” but we had to finish. My friend Jenno, a mother of three who was producing, was great, reminding me that nine times out of 10, they just have gas

Goopy on country music: “I’ve gotten really into the country thing—Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Hank Williams and his granddaughter Holly Williams. And I love, love Dolly.”

[From Elle]

Whoa… Sandra Bullock is only a few years older than Gwyneth! Did Gwyneth just throw Sandy under the bus as an “older woman” who is still getting roles, like Meryl? Meryl and Sandra have one really great thing going for them: people (women and men) love them and want to see their films. Meanwhile, it feels like Gwyneth is bitching about not being cast for the same old “ingénue” roles she got when she was starting out. Not that her general argument doesn’t have merit – it totally does. But in Goop’s case, I tend to think she’s not getting good parts not because of her age, but because she’s insufferable, and no one wants to see her in a movie where she isn’t secondary fashion porn to Robert Downey Jr.



Photos courtesy of Elle.

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  1. happymom says:

    Eyeroll. On the plus side-she looks fantastic in these pics.

  2. Kim says:

    of course she did. her mother is a famous actress and her father was a famous producer/director.

  3. Persistent Cat says:

    It’s too bad three of the four women have famous parents who likely gave them a huge advantage. I’m not denying their talent but I think I’d rather hear from women who started at the bottom.

    I do like that pink dress she’s wearing.

  4. whitedaisy says:

    What an insufferable narcissist.

    (And those photos get Photoshop of the Year Award.)

  5. Eve says:

    Sometimes you find out that something you really liked is going to someone 10 years younger. I find it heartening that Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock have been able to find and create amazing projects.

    Backhanded compliment alert! Seriously, that’s one conceited b*tch.

  6. RHONYC says:

    lil miss c*nty mcc*nt-mire needs to pump her breaks.

    sandy has been ‘creating’ roles and films for years…something she hasn’t done.

    meryl streep is a goddess. she should bow and murmur when speaking her name.

    even her ‘own mother’ the great blythe danner is such an incredible talent that at the age of 67 she is STILL in demand. a feat that goopy will NEVER attain.

    b*tch. :-(

  7. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    I like the pics of her (first two)

    I love Sandy and Meryl, she will NEVER been anywhere in the same ballpark as they are…

    I just watched Shallow Hal.. Really, can you Meryl doing that show or Sandy for that matter, C’mon folks!

  8. Oi says:

    do they only interview the lame-asses of H’wood on purpose? Once again it is (just like you said) the rich privileged and white that are profiled.

  9. WHYBENICE says:

    Methinks she knows her star has waned and she needs a come-back project.

  10. mary jane says:

    Speaking of Blythe Danner…. She seems so different from Goopy. I think mommy must have spoiled her rotten.

  11. danielle says:

    Hillary Swank started out at the bottom. The rest of them had wealthy Hollywood parents. :^(

  12. lucy2 says:

    The photos are pretty, but it looks like they used the Liz Taylor perfume commercial filter on her.

    I truly amazes me how everything she says sounds condescending!

    Who picked those 4 to profile??? Sofia and Hilary I can understand, but Goop and the bad rom-com queen Hudson? Ugh.

  13. michael says:

    i think she’s stupid & boring. she always looks the same & we all know she’s a smug c^nt.

  14. Embee says:

    Awwww, we’re being a little hard on her. Sandy is eight years older than Gwyneth, so they have not been in the same age bracket, casting-wise. They are likely to be vying for the same roles now, especially since Sandy is aging so beautifully.

    I read the comment re Sandy and Meryl as respectful and laudatory. She didn’t compare herself or say that she aspired to be like them, but she finds their careers heartening. That’s a nice compliment.

    As for the casting couch, I agree that she had the chutzpah to leave due in part to her parents (and godfather’s) Hwood status. She cops to it as well, albeit in a snotty know-it-all way. She is Goopy, after all!

  15. melina says:

    Off topic but since when does Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep have the same acting caliber. Sandy is lovely and I sure enjoy her movies but minus the Oscar isn’t she a Jen Aniston type of an actress?

  16. Delta Juliet says:

    Wow…she looks really pretty here. And that’s hard for me to say :D

    But yeah, why would she need to give some guy a bj on the casting couch, what with her famous mom/dad/godfather. It’s not like she was going to be blackballed.

  17. BIte me says:

    Rumour going around was that she gave Harvey weinsten (sp) a blow job so she could get cast in Shakespeare in love . She was staying with winona Ryder at the time and stole the script from her, yeah bitch u did blow someone for a job

  18. YOYO99 says:

    I did leave right after she blew the guy

  19. Mel says:

    Sandra is 8 years older than Gwyneth, almost a decade. I thought she was looking forward to her late 40′s when mentioning Sandra. Not sure why every thing that comes out of Gwyneth’s mouth is interpreted as ‘bitchy’. If anyone else said it, it would be a compliment. Inverted snobbery maybe?

    And no I’m not a GP fan, I can take her leave her but it seems to me the celebrity blogs have a handful of celebs they target, i.e. Gwyneth, Jen A. I just wish someone would mix it up a little and post something different to the other celeb blogs.

    Sorry, I do like this blog generally, its actually my favourite…just something that has bugging me or a while.

  20. jen says:

    Wow! She is really a C U Next Tuesday!

  21. Mia says:

    I’m bowing down to RHONYC because first…c**ty mcc**t-mire and second…amen to everything she said.

  22. LindaR says:

    # 19 (wish I could read some of the names without them being mixed in with the numbers) I agree. I am growing tired of seeing the same people over and over again. And also completely tired of seeing even the faces of people that do reality tv. I might as well be flushing my brain cells down the toilet reading about these talentless nobodies and their 15 minutes of fame which they try to stretch out to 20. Think I’ll go outside and watch the grass grow now.

  23. Taurus says:

    She has to be one of the most OVERRATED “actresses” in Hollywood. I never got the hype with this chick. Her acting is meh, and looks are equally un-impressive


  24. dorothy says:

    She has such a god complex.

  25. Katie says:

    I am usually the first to hate on Gwyn, but Sandy is nearly 10 years her senior. I’m more annoyed that Gwyn never seems to acknowledge that her family and their connections helped her.

  26. Nanea says:

    Poor Goopy!

    Is she getting forgetful now that she’s older?

    I thought it was common knowledge that she screwed Harvey Weinstein to get the part that resulted in that totally undeserved Oscar? As far as I remember, her friend Winona Ryder was considered for Viola de Lesseps. Afterwards, WR and Goopy were no longer friends.

    Or doesn’t that count as an instance of casting couch because she did it willingly?

    Edited to add – see, I’m not the only one to remember the Weinstein episode, c.f. # 17, Bite Me

  27. alejandro says:

    Haha ya right, there are rumors she did Harvey Weinstein for a lot of her roles especially that crappy movie I forget the name of in which she won an Oscar.

  28. hellen says:

    “Q. How do you feel about the kinds of roles available to women today?
    A. Kind of dejected.”

    Coming from somebody who starred in “Shallow Hal” I would tend to agree.

    And yeah, she looks great in those photos, too bad that’s not the real Goopy.

  29. esblondie says:

    I’m sorry to be clueless, but can someone tell me where the Goopy name comes from? I think it’s funny, but probably should know why…

  30. bananapanda says:

    Sandra Bullock created her own production company and became a producer on several projects on TV to keep active. She also stepped back when all she saw were rom-coms and started doing smaller parts like Capote. That’s how she arrived at the Blind Side.

    Gwyneth (and less degree Jake) are a little bratty because Blythe was busy on Broadway and Bruce Paltrow was writing/directing/producing the White Shadow and St. Elsewhere during their childhoods. They’re both nice people but should have paid a little more attention to their kids.

  31. annaloo says:

    When the role of Barbie’s grandmother needs to be cast, they can come looking for her.

  32. dj says:

    I too remember the Weinstein episode. Her being “best friends” with Winona and double dating with Ben A. and Matt Damon for awhile. Then rumors of stolen script and Oscar. I have not liked her since. There is some talk that Weinstein again has “helped” Blake Lively in a similar way. She did blow up on the scene really fast, huh?

  33. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    Are we talking about the same Sandra Bullock? I know it’s required to hate Paltrow and worship Bullock, and the latter *seems* more down to earth but blow-by-blow (heh), can you honestly say that one’s movie career has been substantially superior to the other? Personal preference and abilities aside, they’ve both been in a loooooooot of crap and somehow managed to get Oscars, because that’s Hollywood, baby.

    I don’t understand these choices at all. What would you ask them?

    ‘So, how difficult has it been to–fuck it, let’s just go out for diamond sushi.’

  34. Raven says:

    Thank you, Mel, for making my statement. I think age 40 has traditionally been the age after which women can find it harder to get work. The idea of being creative and setting up production companies to develop your own work seems like a positive thing to me. Someone praising it is not likely giving a backhanded complement.

  35. Carol says:

    I know we all are supposed to hate Gwyneth, but trying to slam her by saying Meryl would never have been caught in a movie the caliber of “Shallow Hal” is incorrect. I worship Meryl and think it’s a travesty that she doesn’t hold the record for Oscar wins, but “Death Becomes Her” and “She Devil” anyone?

  36. Anti-icon says:

    Nice of her to share the couch experience she ditched. I wanna know about the ones she initiated.

  37. ugh says:

    I think rather than a slam on Sandy and Meryl she was indeed lauding them for maintaining the ability to still be ruling into their 40s and 50s. That said, I think she was POINTEDLY slamming, most likely, her ex Ben Affleck’s casting of Blake Lively in his film, ‘The Town,’ where Lively’s character as written in the script, is of a 37 yr old single Mom. Lively is what? 23 or 24? People naysayed the casting at the time, as a stunt to attract a different demo. I saw the movie, the role was nonexistent, and Lively sucked IMO. A better, older actress would have added something to the film. She was eye candy, and not that good an eye candy at that.

  38. BReed says:

    I don’t get all the hate directed at G.P. Is it because she is beautiful, rich, has a great marriage, 2 adorable children, great breeding/background/parents? Seriously, are people THAT jealous? Guess so.

  39. Scarlet Vixen says:

    @Carol: You beat me to it. :-) I was planning on mentioning that Meryl Streep has been in some stinkers, too. If I had to pick between “She-Devil” and “Shallow Hal” I’d take the latter (altho “Death Becomes Her” is kinda funny, altho still awful).

    I SOOOO don’t get all the Gwynnie hate! I’ve adored her for years and years, and totally don’t get the condescending tone that everyone else seems to hear.

    One more thing: I really like Winona Ryder, but there’s NO way she could’ve pulled off Shakespeare in Love.

  40. Kat says:

    F*ck off, Fishsticks.

  41. 8908 says:

    She’s sweet. She is right, everybody knows they throw you out before you hit 40. Sandy has created great roles and been in them. She created George Lopez. Sandy is one of the few, but men’s faces turn to leather and they are so sexy. I mean there’s Johnny depp, but I don’t want to look at Mickey rorkes old ass. It’s okay for men to look like a mess.

  42. 8908 says:

    She can sing too, which is wild. Sang with babyface.

  43. huh says:

    I don’t get all the hate directed at G.P. Is it because she is beautiful, rich, has a great marriage, 2 adorable children, great breeding/background/parents? Seriously, are people THAT jealous? Guess so.

    — yes you are absolutely correct. The only reason anyone doesn’t like another person is jealousy. And only rich people have adorable children. Oh an yeah, her marriage sounds like a DELIGHT!!

    I don’t hate her but c’mon people the recent trend of bashing anyone who doesn’t like the same celeb you do as being jealous or a hater is downright abusurd. Everyone has certain celebrities they don’t like. It doesn’t mean that they are jealous.

    Furthermore beauty it in the eye of the beholder and we don’t all find the same people beautiful.

  44. mln says:

    I don’t think Gwyneth knows how bitchy she sounds 1/2 the time. And yes she is rumoured to have slept with Harvey Weinstein and stolen a script from Winona…me thinks she may have selective memory. But I have to say I like her in most movies. And Meryl has made plenty of stinkers She-Devil and Mama Mia chief amoung them (DBH is a classic dark comedy her funniest role)

  45. kim says:

    Looks like she had her nose whittled away some more =( What a shame. This is the biggest crime these female celebs are doing as of late (Jenn Aniston, Katie Homes, Cameron Diaz, Kim K etc). Jenns nose does look better but she need to stop now before it starts to look fake like Gwenyths now does.

  46. truthzbetta says:

    How many times has Goopy been nude on film, and talked about how much she is so comfortable w/her fab body that she has no problems showing it?

    Show me another woman who “works” in the nude for a living and then becomes shocked when someone thinks if they’re willing to show it to the planet maybe they’re that way when the planet isn’t looking.

    Yeesh, she’s no Sandy, that’s for her. She can’t get parts anymore b/c unlike Sandy women don’t love her, unlike Streep she actually isn’t Oscar-worthy in spite of her undeserved award, and men don’t want to see her naked anymore.

    That’s how it is when you’re selling nudity and an outsized ego. Short shelf life.

  47. KIMBERLY says:

    She only has 2 characters that she can play well.

    1. pretentioius bitch
    2. bored bitch

    and I only think she does those decent because she pulls from her personal experience to create the character. sarcasm.

    I hate it when bad actors bash others.

    Just because your parents are or were in the “business” doesn’t automatically mean offspring are talented.

  48. Woodsy says:

    I think her appeal is gone and she sounds desperate. Kimberly nailed it–Goopy is really only been decent in roles where she’s a rich, pretentious, bored bitch. If I were her, I would carve out a new career–maybe a magazine on par with Town and Country, or some hoity toity crap like that.

  49. Bee says:

    @esblondie “Goop” is the name of Gwynie’s website (

  50. Lita says:

    @Carol, heh, I liked Death Becomes Her – funny noir tripe.

    And @huh you beat me to it. Aside from the fact that BReed is confusing ‘good breeding’ (a woefully out moded concept) with ‘money,’ the cry of jealousy when people dislike – or even go OTT in disparaging – someone is redundant. You get the same comment when people defend Jersey Shore cast ffs! I, for example, *really* hate Avril Lavigne. I could possibly take 30mins to explain, in detail, the reasons why. Would I like to have a bank balance as big as hers? Of course. Would I change places with her? Not bloody likely!!!

  51. spraat says:

    Meryl Streep nee 1949
    Sandra Bullock 1964
    Jealous Paltrow 1972

  52. supes says:

    Assuming of course the Weinstein story isn’t true at the end of the day Paltrow had something that a majority of desperate and vulnerable young female performers don’t…and that’s family connections within the business.

  53. gloaming says:

    Erm. Gwyneth Paltrow, the daughter of Tony Award winning actress Blythe Danner and Emmy Award winning producer Bruce Paltrow, who got her big break when she was cast as Wendy in ‘Hook’. Which was directed by Steven Spielberg. Who just happens to be Gwyneths Godfather. To whom she spends every thanksgiving?

    Yes Gwyneth, I’m sure you must have sruggled like every other starlet out there.

  54. Deuce says:

    I call bullcrap on this story. You’re telling me some idiot tried to cating couch the daughter of Tony Award winning actress Blythe Danner and Emmy Award winning producer Bruce Paltrow and the goddaughter of Steven Spielberg?? Nope. Don’t see anyone in the biz THAT stupid to commit career suicide by attempting that. Name names Gwyn or bury the fake story.

  55. tripmom says:

    Gotta say it – I don’t think these are the most flattering photos I’ve ever seen of her. She has some massive Aniston size chin going on. And that’s a shame because the nicest thing I’ve ever been able to say about her is, “well, at least she’s really pretty.”

  56. CB Rawks says:

    “Whoa… Sandra Bullock is only a few years older than Gwyneth! Did Gwyneth just throw Sandy under the bus as an “older woman” who is still getting roles, like Meryl”

    I don’t think so. I think Goop was likening herself to Bullock’s age and awesomeness, and also trying to put herself in Meryl’s category of quality. I don’t think Goop belongs with either of them quality-wise, but she probably thinks she does.

  57. jemshoes says:

    Photoshop, I know, but Goopy looks great in the Elle spread! For the reason that English is her first language, the “lost in translation” excuse that works for Gisele can’t be said of Goopy. I think she means everything she says and exactly how she says it. It’s Mean Girls with IQ.

  58. Anti-icon says:

    Goop is a strategic snob. She mentioned Sandra and Meryl b/c she wants US to cast her in the same light. Which will never happen. Even though I think Gwen is an OK actress, I don’t think she manages she career/personal life all that well.

  59. original kate says:

    whatever, goop. just keep telling yourself you’re one of the ordinary folk with struggles and hardships and whatnot.

  60. sasha says:

    At least she didnt do anything constructive or productive like actually NAME the guy to help all the poor lowly actresses “who dont know any better.”
    Gee, then it might send a message to scumbags to not prey on girls auditioning, y’know actually help the situation, no?
    SO SAD that this country movie doesnt star Drew B. How AWESOME would that be if it was her instead of gwennie!?!?!?!?

  61. moira says:

    man such nasty comments from people who don’t even know her or in fact any of the people talked about. Perhaps that’s the problem with todays society. Envy and spitefulness. Do you really believe the poison you spew out here? If so i hope are all just perfect and none of you have any children! Shame on your small mindedness.

  62. lasieu says:

    that top pic really looks like Anna Torv from Fringe…

    as for the rumours, i’m betting lots of celebrity “actors” sleep their way to the top…it’s a decadent lifestyle….otherwise they’d already have a character actor career…the ones that don’t need to rely on nepotism…