Busy Philipps shades Gwyneth: ‘God bless her… that’s her reality, her truth’


For a second, I thought Busy Philipps was a Southern girl, because her takedown of Gwyneth Paltrow is super-bitchy, but in an undercover, passive-aggressive way that we Southern girls know how to do. As it turns out, Busy is not a Southern girl – she’s from Illinois. She’s just really good at efficient takedowns of pretentious people. Bless her heart. Seriously, she says “God bless her” about Goop and Goop’s asinine comments about working mothers! YES. Behold!

Busy Philipps, star of ABC’s “Cougar Town,” says she has “nothing to complain about” when it comes to parenting while working as an actress. Though she doesn’t fault fellow actress Gwyneth Paltrow for her choice to reduce her workload to one film a year to make it “easier” on her family life, Philipps certainly doesn’t see the need to do the same.

“God bless her, she really just says what she feels,” Philipps said of Paltrow. “That’s her reality. That’s her truth. It’s just not mine. I have a different reality and a different truth.”

“I don’t ever feel like I have to stop myself from complaining about how hard it is to be an actress,” she added. “I mean, it’s not that hard.”

Since having her two daughters, she’s found her acting schedule to be particularly conducive to parenting.

“As a parent, I have it made,” she told HuffPost Live’s Caitlyn Becker in an interview Thursday. “I’m on a TV show where my hiatus is [my kids'] summer, so I’m free to be with them in the summer time. I’m able to afford full-time help because of what I do. My husband also works, and my nanny makes my life doable and so easy.”

[From HuffPo]

I love that there’s no pretending anymore. Gwyneth has made so many stupid, pretentious, oblivious, out-of-touch statements that no one even cares about disrespecting her. I mean, Busy is “just” a TV Girl and she just took down Gwyneth in two minutes during an interview with HuffPo, one of the most peasanty of all the media outlets. But Busy is completely correct here: “I don’t ever feel like I have to stop myself from complaining about how hard it is to be an actress. I mean, it’s not that hard.” That kind of no-nonsense reality check will not go down well in GoopWorld. Y’all are about to get a strongly worded Goop-letter about juice fasting away toxic TV girls.


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  1. Suze says:

    Usually when celebrities talk about parenting it’s awkward or downright condescending, but Busy nails it here.

  2. Abbott says:

    Bless her organic quinoa heart.

  3. Eve says:

    It’s Gwyneth Paltrow’s open season!

  4. Size Does Matter says:

    I like Busy Phillips, but my first thought here was “God bless her. That’s her reality, her sunglasses.”

  5. Tillie says:

    I also love that she used the word “nanny” to describe the person who provides full-time childcare while she’s working. No coy “babysitter” foolishness here!

  6. blue marie says:

    *snorts* I knew there was a reason I liked Busy.

  7. Anne says:

    I totally agree with Busy.

  8. Monkey Towz says:

    Busy may be just a t.v. girl but her role in Freaks & Geeks trumps any role Goop has ever taken imo.
    I get that by being a celeb you can become spoiled & sheltered but Goop seems to have no reference point when it comes to “speaking for the masses” (for lack of a better term).

  9. Loopy says:

    Wow its not a good month for Goop.

  10. Momof2 says:

    It’s refreshing to hear a fellow mother with a much more sizable bank account and resources speak about motherhood in a way that seems relatable to us pheasant moms! No empty rhetoric and omission! Thanks, Busy! We appreciate it!

  11. serena says:

    I love her, Busy’s great at all except naming kids!

  12. Simmie says:

    I love Busy. She’s so funny and I love her friendship with Michelle Williams and Cougar Town is an awesome show to watch when you’re home sick with the flu.

    This has nothing to do with her comments about GOOP. I just wanted to show her some love.

  13. Jackson says:

    Could someone please settle this for me once and for all: How is her first name pronounced? Is it “Bussy” or is it “Bizzy?” Love what she said, BTW. I appreciate it when people acknowledge how fortunate they are.

  14. Patty Cake says:

    I feel sorry for her in a way because there may be more to the I tire than what it seems. Maybe she suffers depression and doesn’t know it? Ya know, I know she has this elitist attitude but maybe it’s a facade to hide or cloak the deep darkness that she suffers from inside. I hope she drops the facade and truly seeks help.

    • Kiddo says:

      Yeah, I’ve brought up something to that effect in the past. I don’t hate Paltrow, but she inspires wrath in others and she definitely has foot in mouth syndrome.

    • Red32 says:

      I think Goop just doesn’t know any different because she was born into a privileged Hollywood life. I don’t know anything a about Busy, but odds are she grew up in a more “normal” household so she has a bit more perspective.

    • mercy says:

      You know what? You could be right. Bless you for you ability to empathise and go beyond the surface to consider other possibilities when looking at another person’s life. It encouraged me to try to do the same instead of going straight for the snark or judgey comments (GOOP may have a rep as a ‘mean girl,’ but that doesn’t mean I have to go down that road.)

      She may be a product of an environment that was very judgemental and valued ‘things’ over feelings. She got married not long after she lost her father to cancer and had a husband who was away from home for long stretches (and reportedly was not faithful). She also mentioned having post-partum depression, and a miscarriage. Now she’s in the middle of a divorce.

      These things aren’t a part of my reality, and maybe they aren’t Busy’s experience, either. It sounds like she has a solid marriage and supportive husband. No one seems to be judging her because she has a nanny and is working, or she’s not prone to feeling guilty or sensitive to those pressures. She’s not caught up in a competitive movie career, but she and her husband get enough well paying work to afford a nanny.

      But not everyone is so lucky. Some people grow up in a different kind of environment. Depression can happen to anyone, regardless of wealth or status. And things can change on a dime. Anyone can have their lives upended by the death of their parents, or a divorce. So there is a lot to be grateful for. So much so that I don’t feel the need to waste time judging GOOP.

      That said, if she is she is depressed, she has the knowledge and resources to get help if she needs it, and that in and of itself is reasn to be grateful. Many people who struggle with depression aren’t so lucky.

      • Moi says:

        Thank you.

        No one individual reality is the same. I look at how distraught Angelina Jolie still is to this day by losing her mother, and Gwyneth losing her father. I’ve experienced both within a 2 year period. You’re never quite the same.

        Gwyneth and Angie have hopefully gone through therapy (as I am). It’s difficult losing a parent before the age of 40. Not that age is siginificant. But it’s tougher, just my, possibly ignorant opinion.

      • GByeGirl says:

        She just has affluenza. It’s not her fault.

    • decorative item says:

      I appreciate your kind heart, but G. P. strikes me as the last person on the face of the earth to have depression. She really doesn’t appear to fit the bill. She is, in fact, just like her mother, both have problems relating to the general population. It appears to be more of a personality disorder than a mental illness.

  15. Deanne says:

    Her feet are obviously very much on the ground. Unlike poor Gwynnie.

  16. MyCatLoves TV says:

    Paltrow was born into and brought up in an entitled & spoiled environment because of her parents. That’s no excuse. Any of us could name many people who are from wealth who honestly care about all their fellow man and do not look down on us from different economic universes. It’s about character and either you have it or you don’t. Paltrow doesn’t. She looks at folks like us to be “the great unwashed.” (Not remembering that we peasants are the ones who bought movie tickets and made her a star.) Her continued asinine clueless comments are generally obnoxious but when she compared being picked on as a celebrity to what our soldiers deal with during a war, the woman took it to a whole new level of offensive. How this woman and her horrible mouth still gets gigs is beyond me.

    Midwestern girls can rock shade, too! Maybe not as well as a good southern sweet take down but we do what we can. Busy is my new hero for telling it like it is and looking good doing it!

  17. Cupcake says:

    BP’s husband is so unattractive. Bleech!

  18. Dee says:

    Busy has always retained her “normalness” in Hollyweird, check out her twitter. Filled with kids, husbands, cooking, and friends. Love her!

  19. db says:

    Acting is an utterly trivial occupation. I have so much more respect for actors, lucky enough to have successful careers, who do other things, humanitarian things. Goop’s “problem” isn’t internet commenters, it’s that she is toxically self-involved.

  20. Patty Cake says:

    @ Red 32, I totally know what you mean. I have a sister like that. She has an elitist attitude. I can’t stand to be around her because she’s insufferable. When started and completed college, she thought it gave her the right to treat the rest of her family as simpletons, lol. It was hilarious because I graduated from college fairly recently . My cousin graduated before me. We both laughed at her because we have a degree too, but we don’t treat other people in the family as if we’re better than them. Her and another sister of mine just recently made amends because my elitist sister told my other sister(who didn’t attend college) child that her mother couldn’t help her with her homework because she’s not smart enough. It was hilarious also when I graduated because at my graduation before you graduate they give you a card with your name, the type of degree your getting and your GPA on it. I handed it to my sister for her to hold, and she looked at my GPA, then at me and said: “Your GPA is high” with a look of shock on her face. I laughed it off. I said I know, I just don’t go around being a jerk about it, lmao.

  21. Dawn says:

    And this is why I like her! She is capable of saying what she wants just as easily as Gwennie but she doesn’t come off as complaining about how hard it is which I love! Really Gwennie would have had a rough time living my truth of being a single parent with limited child support and nothing more from my child’s dad. And you know what looking back I can see where it would look hard but it was just my life and I adjusted to it every time something changed. And at the end of the day it worked.

  22. Sayrah says:

    She’s so right and I love the passive aggressive shade. A+ effort for a non Southerner ;)

  23. Cornucopia says:

    Finally a celebrity who tells it like it is. Goopies and her pr team just got schooled.

  24. mercy says:

    Had she said something before now it might have been a brave stand, but it’s popular to knock Paltrow these days. Not saying GOOPy hasn’t earned some or even most of the snarky comments, passive aggressive or otherwise, but it’s not like Busy or anyone other celeb is going to get bad publicity for doing it. On the contrary. And Hollywood is a place where I wouldn’t put anyone above trying to get some good pr, raise their profile, and carve out an image for themselves off the backs off of other, higher profile celebs. She is also very pap friendly and into sharing her personal life on social media, something other celebs have been called out for. I will always love her from Freaks and Geeks and I think it’s everyone’s right to share what they want on twitter, etc. so I don’t mind at all, but just saying.

  25. Lucy2 says:

    I like Busy, she seems down to earth. She also made her point without being mean.
    For some reason I always thought she came from a famous family, but in looking her up it seems I was wrong. I think I was thinking of Bijou Philipps!