Gwyneth Paltrow: My dad ‘never gave me anything, I never had a trust fund’


Here are some photos of Gwyneth Paltrow at the Cannes Lions event last week. I don’t know why we’re only getting this quotes now, but for some reason, a million sites are talking about this story today. Gwyneth did a Q&A session about Goop, conscious uncoupling and raising her daughter surrounded by post-feminist imagery. As it turns out, Gwyneth was also asked about how she’s often at the top of those “most hated celebrity” lists. Gwyneth acknowledges your scorn and chuckles into a glass of your peasant tears.

Gwyneth Paltrow had a weird 2013. Weeks after People put her on the cover of its annual “World’s Most Beautiful” issue, Star magazine named Gwyneth the “Most Hated Celebrity,” beating out Kristen Stewart (No. 2), John Mayer (No. 4), Madonna (No. 7), Justin Bieber (No. 8), Anne Hathaway (No. 9), Lindsay Lohan (No. 16), Chris Brown (No. 20) and other stars. Speaking to Stephen Sackur, host of BBC News’ Hard Talk, at Cannes Lion, Paltrow said she was confused by the title. “First of all, I was like, ‘I’m the most hated celebrity? More than, like, Chris Brown?'” she asked. “What did I do?”

“I see where you are coming from, but maybe you just make people feel bad sometimes,” Stephen suggested. Gwyneth agreed that it’s possible she puts people off, but it’s never been her “intention” to make anyone feel that way. “All I can do is be my authentic self, and if you know me, then you know who I am, and that I have fun and eat and am so appreciative for my life,” she explained. “But I think there are things about me that make people draw conclusions.”

Gwyneth acknowledged that there is a perception that she grew up “very wealthy” and raised “with a silver spoon” in her mouth—or, as Stephen put it, “a sort of Hollywood princess idea.”

“That inspires a lot of resentment,” Gwyneth said. “My parents did well, and I was able to go to a fantastic school, and we grew up in New York City, but the minute I left my college to try to pursue acting, my father [the late producer Bruce Paltrow] was really supportive. But he said, you know, ‘You are completely on your own.’ So, he never gave me anything. I never had any supplementation, he never helped me with my rent, I never had a trust fund. So the idea that I am spoiled or that I didn’t work for what I have is just not accurate, but I can see how somebody might have that perception.”

Another misconception Paltrow wanted to clear up is that she’s a picky eater. “People tend to think that I eat just seaweed and a bit of air,” she said of her refined tastes. In reality, the actress said, “I have never had a horrible experience with French fries. French fries are my life!”

[From E! News]

We’ve often discussed Gwyneth in the context of the saying “born on third base and thought she hit a triple,” which is very, very true. But let’s also acknowledge that Gwyneth is a certain kind of incarnation of clueless white privilege. I understand her argument, that she supported herself financially after she dropped out of college and that she built her Goop empire by herself. But she doesn’t acknowledge – meaning she consistently refuses to discuss – that she was given extraordinary advantages simply by being Gwyneth Paltrow, a pretty, blonde, slender woman, and the daughter of Bruce Paltrow and Blythe Danner. That she had family connections within the industry, that the name “Paltrow” opened doors for her, that she never really struggled at all. I mean, “He never helped me with my rent, I never had a trust fund” is like the embodiment of Gwyneth’s privilege.


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  1. me says:

    Oh come on, your name alone got you through many doors !

    • Tiffany says:

      Having Steven Spielberg as your Godfather helps as well.

      • zinjojo says:

        Especially when he casts you in a movie — she was Wendy in Spielberg’s Hook. I don’t think she had any trouble paying her rent.

      • annaloo. says:


        And saving quarters to walk to STARBUCKS for coffee? BITCH PLEASE

        Sharon Stone once said that Gwyneth breathes a rarefied air and that is SO TRUE.

        Just acknowledge your privilege – you would have gotten nowhere without it!

      • qwerty says:

        She was in a similar position to Cara Delevigne – upper class, white, blonde, in Cara’s case it was Joan Collins as her godmother and some big fish from Conde Nast as godfather IIRC. Oh, and also going to school with the daughter of her future model agency’s founder who ” discovered her”, AKA agreed to sign her when she decided she wanted to be a model. So, yeah…. Cara could say she’s been on her own financially since she was a teenager too (in fact, I think she did say it somewhere?) but sometimes the best kind of help does not come in a form of money.

        If a short black girl like Zoe Kravitz can see and admit her enormous priviledge, how can a statuesque blonde woman her age not see it? (Zoe’s is crazy beautiful and I’d kill to look like her for the record. But as far as beauty standards go, someone with Goop’s characteristics will always have it easier regardless of their actual beauty. Also see: Blake Lively)

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Not all gifts are monetary. Connections are priceless.

      • LeAnn Stinks says:

        This woman is so deluded…and pretentious.

      • Boo says:

        Yes, she is deluded and pretentious. I don’t think there’s any hope to correct it at this point.

        It’s like when the internet was just beginning in the big wide world and she was on record as saying it was stupid and she didn’t think interest in it would last and it was a waste of time to invest anything in it.

        And then she got married, had kids, her husband wouldn’t be seen with her and was apparently often ignoring her so then she made GOOP. On the internet.

      • Snappyfish says:

        Oh Gwennie, I remember your red carpet walk the night you wore that ill fitting pink Ralph Lauren with the $100k worth of diamonds. You were about to win the Oscar that the studio paid for. You casually mentioned your father had bought you the necklace when asked who you were wearing.

        I’m sure you paid you own rent from money you earned at jobs people gave you because of who your parents are. The privilege drips off you only slightly less than that of Caitlyn Jenner. Actually you are worse since you actually believe the drivel you espouse.

      • Fee says:

        Snappy fish I was just thinking about that pink disaster dress. When she won her Oscar, she was telling all how her dad bought her the necklace to celebrate. Some people can say it n sound sincere n then there’s her. U just need to hear the mother to get that she’s really a mini Blythe n identical at her young age

    • tracking says:

      Seriously, million dollar connections!

    • Talie says:

      My first thought! He gave you a recognizable last name — that’s all you need in this world.

      • Emma - The JP Lover says:

        @Talie, who wrote: “My first thought! He gave you a recognizable last name — that’s all you need in this world.”

        And hooking up with Brad Pitt did the rest.

      • Boo says:

        Yassss Brad Pitt sold her to all of us with huge endorsement when Emma came out. He talked her up the same way he did for Angelina Jolie.

      • Emma - The JP Lover says:

        Never mind.

    • India Andrews says:

      I knew a guy from Beverly Hills. His dad made him do token work for a top of the line Ford Explorer, paid all of his college expenses including living expenses, paid his credit card off monthly and gave him an allowance. His dad also bought him things like a stereo system that a DJ would use for Hannukah so he could jam at parties. Then, he moved back home and went to work for dad. So yeah, this guy didn’t have a trust fund but was this guy waiting tables and going into student debt to fund his education? No. Not even a penny.

    • olcranky says:

      she also did some modeling when she was in HS – and I doubt she’d have gotten a Benetton ad when she was that young if it weren’t for her connections

    • Rebecca says:

      Exactly. She was never a struggling actor. She got jobs right away because of her parents and never wanted for anything. People don’t like her because she has no humility.

  2. Algernon says:

    Isn’t Steven Spielberg her godfather? That’s plenty of help, right there.

    • almondmilk says:

      I know @me, why not just say… I was born into a pretty well connected showbiz family who of course helped me navigate my way into the business.

      That said, she knows that’s not the reason people can’t seem to stand her. Heck, half of Hollywood are 2nd generation connected stars and they don’t get the same level of snark because they aren’t seen as dim-witted snobby conceited twits.

      See Drew Barrymore, see Kate Hudson, see Angelina Jolie, or Zoe Kravitz. There’s tons of kids born on 1st, 2nd and 3rd base who aren’t loathed like Paltrow is.

      i can’t speak for others but I started really loathing Paltrow when I heard how she stole the script for Shakespeare in Love from Winona Ryder not that I’m a big Winona fan but I thought that was just sh*tty. Her many comments about Americans being uncouth and the English being so much better also annoyed. Her weighing in on Brad Pitt’s divorce telling them they ‘wouldn’t be in such a pickle if they hadn’t talked about themselves so much.’

      Yes, you heard right – she of the overshare and ‘conscious uncoupling, ‘ and relationship advice about giving your hub a beej will end an argument and all the other TMI 😨 …actually scolded Brad and Aniston and said they shouldn’t have talked nicely about the other when things were pleasant. 😨

      Same woman who gave interviews on the eve of Pitt’s marriage to try and steal thunder from ‘the tv woman’ – how she referred to Aniston before their shared PR flack forced them into a vague friendship years later that benefitted him.

      There are just sooo many things that have zip to do with who her parents were/are and money – and she knows it.

      • LAK says:

        Do you remember when she used to referred to Jen Aniston as ‘that TV girl’?

        This article is a smorgosborg of GOOP quotes that point to her real character. Perhaps she’s had a road to damascus conversion.

      • jane berk says:

        Almondmilk you are SO right on every point…..thankS. And yes she reAlly is an entitled unaware snobby prig. If england is so much more Couth—let her go back……please!!

      • Boo says:

        I remember Brad Pitt being interviewed by Diane Sawyer, after he had married Aniston (I think it was after…) anyway, Gwyneth was always criticizing Brad publicly and making disparaging comments about him and anyone linked to him. So Sawyer asked him something about it, as an aside I think, and I remember him answering ….

        “I have someone, who (criticizes me), and there’s nothing I can do about that. It’s hard.”

        After that, she shut up. He was pretty popular then and always more respected in the field of work they both do than she was. So I don’t doubt him saying it publicly helped stop Gwyneth and she became more savvy and careful how she spoke about others. Later, after she married the Coldplay guy, someone asked her if she was finally on better terms with Brad Pitt (she’d just had her daughter then) and she said oh yes, much better, he didn’t deserve what I said about him or something to that effect.

        p.s. My Mom raised us to read gossip. It’s damn embarrassing the crap I remember about celebs sometimes.

      • Carol says:

        @almondmilk you are so right. I dislike her because of what she has said in the past, and not because of her privileged upbringing. Her past statements on diet, work, being a mom, helped create her persona of being a snob, someone completely out of touch with the reality of most people. It has nothing to do with her upbringing. She may have lived in halfway house for all I know, but that probably wouldn’t tarnish her uppity persona.

      • CL says:

        She didn’t “steal” the Shakespeare in Love script from Wino Forever. That’s old untrue gossip.

    • Harryg says:

      Hehe thank you LAK for the link!

  3. LaraK says:

    She actually believes her own bull$hit. Is she by any chance Taylor Swift’s mom?

    • annaloo. says:

      Her Imperial Organic Majesty’s head’s been up her own ass for so long, she thinks her farts smell like Chanel Grand Extrait.

      • Robin says:

        Imperial Organic Majesty! Perfect! She does have a major case of cranio-rectal inversion, doesn’t she?

      • annaloo. says:


        That will be her next topic in Goop and how to steam it

  4. Sayrah says:

    Just like tori spelling.

  5. Anastasiia says:

    Recently I watched Shakespeare in love with her. Now I think her Oscar is her trust fund. She is not good at acting.

    • laurie says:

      Agreed! I hated that movie it was so pretentious. I never understood that Oscar.

      • LAK says:

        Especially when the competition was Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth 1.

      • hogtowngooner says:

        Agreed. It was a circle jerk for theatre geeks IMO.

        The fact that she won over Cate Blanchett and the movie won over Saving Private Ryan is criminal to me.

      • Dana says:

        Harvey Weinstein was one of the producers, that’s how she got the Oscar.

    • Kristen820 says:

      THANK YOU! I thought I was the only one who didn’t understand how she won that Oscar!

      • Timbuktu says:

        Exactly! I always thought I was the only one who didn’t get it as well! Glad to hear there are more of us.

      • LAK says:

        I understood how she won the oscar in terms of the campaigning, but i still don’t understand how Cate didn’t win that year.

    • She was so horrible in that movie. I kind of giggle that, even all these years later, everyone still says that Cate should have won. She got her Oscar, but it came with a huge ? attached. I’m a bit evil.

      • Skyblue says:

        Too funny…I really remember Cate getting the shaft too. I recall feeling incredibly angry when Gwyneth won. Very memorable Oscar season for all of us I guess.

      • LAK says:

        It is especially funny because rarely do people remember other oscar nominees in any given year or even who the winners are without googling. Most people remember GOOP’s win and the general opinion that Cate should have won it.

  6. Lambda says:

    I ponder what’s more off putting, G talking about her sex life or about her totally strap-boot unprivileged making it into the world. Man, that sickly hair of hers covers a lot of empty space!

    • annaloo. says:

      This coming from someone who said ” I can’t pretend to know what it’s like to live on $25K a year”

      She needs a swift slap. To the face. With a bag of White Castle.

  7. allison says:

    Steven Spielberg also gave her one of her first roles…and what the what with her face in these pics???

    • Cricket says:

      I noticed that too! Goop’s new line of organic, non-GMO BPA fillers?

      I remember he and Mario on their driving tour of Spain when she wouldn’t eat ham and just kind of came off as such a snotty thing..

      and who can forget her quote :
      “rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a can.”

      I can’t see her snacking on french fries much.. but a friend just saw her and her ‘consciously uncoupled’ hubby taking tea at Claridges so maybe she does eat a carb or two.. but never more 😉

      • Esmom says:

        Agree with much of what you say but I gotta give her a pass on the ham. What’s so snotty about that? I ask because I would take a pass, too, being a vegetarian.

      • Cricket says:

        Not that she passed on the ham but how she made it seem like it was like eating dead bugs or something.. Spain is known for Serrano ham and she reacted like they were asking her to eat dead bugs.. I don’t know.. I get the vegetarian thing and that’s not what I was trying to convey – it was just her physical reaction to it. Why they even had to include that when it was easy to edit it out so it was never discussed.

      • Esmom says:

        Thanks for explaining, Cricket. I think I get it. There are a lot of ways to be graceful and/or discreet about stuff you don’t want to eat. Sometimes I even take a couple bites of meat so as not to offend my host and suffer through it silently. Not the end of the world!

      • Jwoolman says:

        Esmom- I don’t think anybody should feel pressured to eat or drink anything they really don’t want to, for any reason. I had enough of that in my childhood. I was pushed to drink cow’s milk repeatedly “to be polite” when I was actually allergic but undiagnosed, and would actually try to comply until I would get to the point where I knew that one more sip of the disgusting vile stuff would make me upchuck. So of course I was labeled “the picky eater”. I should have upchucked, that would have finally put a stop to it and given my innards a rest.

        I am a vegetarian now and would not let anybody pressure me into eating any kind of dead animal for other reasons. If they are culturally offended by that, too bad. People in other cultures aren’t that stupid anyway, it’s not impossible for them to understand that other people have different feelings about food and just can’t eat everything offered.

  8. Megan says:

    Is there no one in her life who will tell her to sit down and shut up?

    • AngelaH says:

      Maybe, maybe not, but if they do, she would never bother to listen. She is GOOP, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL. She came from nothing and built an empire with no help from anyone ever!

      I’m sure she was scrounging for dimes last night to get a couple cans of Friskies for her cats so they can get their dinner until payday.


    • The answer is no. Her mum is as bad, if not worse, than her. She enjoys lecturing people as to why they should drive electric cars, but she has to drive a huge SUV because she lives at the top of an enormous hill. It just gets more inane the more she speaks.

      • Cricket says:

        Her mom will forever be to me Mrs. Jack Burns .. muskrat .. click with the mouth.. lol

  9. Nicole says:

    So clueless. NEXT

  10. Cee says:

    Still can not stand her. She appears to be another clueless wealthy white woman. Just acknowledge the advantages you’ve had and be thankful instead of trying to convince us you are one of us . And why all of a sudden. are we seeing her and her ex and their kids everywhere. What happened to be being so private. Can’t go on a site now without seeing an instagram or pic or comment. Need attention much?

  11. QQ says:

    GIRL, BYE, Just….

    • BengalCat2000 says:

      Seriously. I don’t doubt that she’s worked hard, but ALL of us work hard…I’m sure she never had to worry about being homeless or going hungry, let’s be real..

      • littlemissnaughty says:

        I HATE the “I worked hard” argument. I could lose my sh*t every time. Because these people don’t acknowledge the fact that hard work alone is never enough. You need luck, opportunity, being born in the right country for god’s sake, etc. etc. Yeah sure, I worked hard too. Nobody disputes that. But there are millions of people who will never even get the chance to work twice as hard for half as much as I got out of “hard” work. Or they already do. For a dollar a day. She needs perspective. So many people do.

      • Boo says:

        Yeah. Preach it littlemissnaughty!

        There are also people who work hard and get caught in a terrorist attack, which they survive, and then can never work again. There are all kinds of terrible things people endure which Gwyneth Paltrow seems to just not even register as existing. It’s ridiculous.

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      Let us all offer up heartfelt prayers to St. Felicia, the patron saint of farewells, for our dear sister in cluelessness, Gwyneth. Amen.

  12. Becks says:

    I can’t get past that dated, flat ironed hair. Just terrible. The color is also bad. She needs a toner and haircut STAT!

    • rlh says:

      Girl, thank you and AMEN! Her hair bothers me so much I have no words. I always think, All that money and this is the best you can do? WTF?

  13. meme says:

    well maybe it wasn’t money but mommy and daddy got her A LOT of jobs in the business that she wouldn’t have gotten by herself. plus, Harvey Weinstein bought that Oscar for her…so undeserved.

    • Cricket says:

      and don’t forget.. daddy bought her the diamond choker she wore to the Oscars because she just looked like such a princess and it was her night.. (puke)

  14. Trouvee says:

    The only person I’ve ever heard acknowledge this– that being born to rich, connected parents is a foot the door, regardless of how hard you work or what you weren’t given– is Zoe Kravitz. It’s really frustrating that almost no one has gotten the memo that getting defensive about their privilege only reinforces the image of them as spoiled and out of touch.

    • Flowerchild says:

      There are quite a few celebrities who have acknowledged that their privilege gave them a foot in the door Zoe not the only one.

      • ElleBee says:

        Beyonce is one that constantly states that her parents’ hard work (especially her father) put her where she is today. She and Gwyneth are bff’s perhaps she could pass on a few things to her.

        Long time lurker but first time commenting

    • honeybee blues says:

      Or is it more a case of she doth protest too much. Perhaps she has just enough self-awareness to know she’s not that good and is where she is ONLY because of her name.

  15. Jwoolman says:

    Yes, she had connections and was given a very good education because of her family’s wealth. But I can understand her bafflement – she really did earn her own money to pay the rent and buy the groceries. She wasn’t given everything, she wasn’t drawing from a trust fund to support her, but was expected to earn her own way. She would never starve or be evicted because her family would have been able to help her through tough times without just welcoming her back home, as non-rich families would do. So she had a much better safety net than most. But her parents didn’t raise her to be a lazy slug.

    You can’t fairly blame somebody for being born to wealthy parents, getting a fine education and other foundations from them, and then using family connections to get her own career going. Everybody works with what they have and nobody has a choice of parents. Non-rich parents also use whatever connections they have to help their kids get jobs also. They just operate at a different economic level.

    • Flowerchild says:

      She got the money to pay her own way from her last name and godfather so in away that was her trust fund.

      Also no one is putting the blame for her being born into privilege. People blaming her for not acknowledging that the fact that she was born into it.

      • lucy2 says:

        Big thumbs up to your second paragraph. That’s why she bothers me, she keeps insisting she did it all on her own without acknowledging all the privilege she had that helped her.

    • hi jwoolman, I agree with you. She is insufferable, pretentious and annoying as hell, but she has earned her name through acting. I am not an actress, so cant pretend to know the difference between good or bad acting.

      There are so many rich people and their children who, in spite having an advantage, don’t make it to this far as paltrow. ALL parents help their children, i know mine did, so no big deal. As a non american, i know her for the movies she has been in, not for her parents or god father. She is right on this one, she does not deserve to be on the same list as Chris brown.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      She was able to build a solid acting resume before she finished high school due to those connections. Her parents’ friends cast her in films and she acted on stage with her mother almost every summer from the age of 6 on.

    • littlemissnaughty says:

      I don’t blame them one bit as long as they acknowledge their circumstances and advantages. Nobody doubts she works/worked hard. That’s never the point. It’s the fact that she pretends to have gotten there all on her own. That’s bs.

      • Esmom says:

        But does she not acknowledge her parents’ connections? I think she does. Maybe not in this excerpt but she has before. It’s not like she’s pretending to be someone else’s kid. She didn’t even change her name, like other celeb offspring have done to distance themselves from their connections.

        I don’t love her, but I don’t think she’s as awful as people insist on making her out to be. I can think of far more insufferable examples, like Emma Roberts or Paris Hilton. In fact I might go as far as to say that having connections sometimes means you’re held to a higher standard because you have to prove that you’re more than your name or the person who vouched for you.

        I was lucky/privileged enough to land a job last year thanks to a “connection” of an acquaintance who recommended me. When I started I was really conscious that I didn’t want to let myself down, but also didn’t want to let her down. It was an added element of pressure than if I’d been just a stranger off the street. If she had had zero talent or ability to do the jobs she’s had, I think she would have washed up pretty quickly.

        *runs and hides*

  16. Ariel says:

    I am afraid she is going to end up on the receiving end of a class action suit due to people sustaining injuries from rolling their eyes so hard when she speaks.

    • Fl girl says:

      ^^^^Love. This. Comment.

    • Tash says:

      LOL, love it!
      She is truly clueless. Just having her last name gave her opportunities to take personal and professional risks since she knew she could rely on family money if all goes tits up. Many of us common folks cannot afford that.

    • I Choose Me says:

      Comment of the day right here folks! Lol.

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      Hmm…new income opportunity for me perhaps…

  17. Lilacflowers says:

    Because just about any teenage girl can get a part in a play at Williamstown every summer.

  18. Flowerchild says:

    I guess in Goop speak she better then the other a trust fund babies because daddy didn’t pay for everything and that she can relate to the little people.

    While in reality the name “Paltrow” opened doors for her as did her godfather and that she never really struggled at all.

  19. haley1020 says:

    were her and blake lively separated at birth?

    and i cannot wait until gwyneth paltrow 2.0 alicia vikander goes the way of gwyneth and goes away after 2017

    • rapomi says:

      Genuine question – why do people hate Alicia Vikander? I know next to nothing about her except that she seems to back herself. If I had a daughter I’d be raising her to back herself too, especially in a world that continually seeks to diminish the accomplishments of women.

      • haley1020 says:

        because, she’s a weinstein girl (just like what gwyneth and blake were), she was shoved down our throats last year and people barely saw any of her movies

      • Cricket says:

        Would Jennifer Lawrence be included then as well in the Harvey Weinstein girls group?

      • OriginallyBlue says:

        Ya, she is quite fond of herself (which is good) but like Goop she has had a hand from her connection with Harvey Weinstein. She has had tremendous opportunity and privilege, even though according to her she “struggled” for 3 years. Her first movie was 2009 I believe and then hit it big gaining a lot of roles in 2012/2013. Around the time she met HW.

      • lucy2 says:

        Eh, I saw several of her movies last year, I liked her in all of them. Weird timing caused 8 films that she’d shot over a few years to all be released in on year. She got noticed for Ex Machina, I think.
        Of all of those films, only Burnt was a Weinstein, and there’s one upcoming one too. I don’t doubt that he’s disgusting, but I also don’t know that every actress who works on a Weinstein Co. film should be written off as only advancing because of him.

      • Kate says:

        I’m so sick of the Weinstein crap. You know who else has had multiple huge Oscar campaigns run by Weinstein? Amy Adams and Meryl Streep and Judi Dench. He’s run big campaigns for Renee Zellweger, Bradley Cooper, Colin Firth, Brad Pitt, Quentin Tarantino, Benedict Cumberbatch, Penelope Cruz, Felicity Huffman, Kate Winslet, DDL, Michelle Williams, Ryan Gosling, Joaquín Phoenix, Julia Roberts, Idris Elba, MBJ, Jessica Chastain, Bill Murray, Jake Gylenhaal, Cate Blanchett, Helen Mirren…the list goes on and on. Sometimes he gets them the Oscar, often he can’t even get them nominated. If it was as simple as buying the awards he wouldn’t strike out nearly so often.

    • annaloo. says:

      You don’t think Gwyneth 2.0 will probably be Apple Martin?

      And all the ensuing puns of the Apple not falling far from the (dry, flat-ironed, organic) tree?

  20. Jayna says:

    Gwyneth came from very well-off parents but not mega wealthy. Blythe wasn’t an A-lister leading movie star actress, like Meryl Streep. Her dad wasn’t some MEGA director/producer, but he was talented and respected and successful.

    Sure, daddy didn’t help with rent, but he didn’t need to. She got a lift from her parents’ connections. But more than anything, like Julia Roberts, Gwyneth’c career took off when she was fairly young, in her early 20s, or earlier,. And I don’t just solely attribute that to her parents and connections. There are tons of famous celebrities’ kids that had lots of connections and never ever took off or made a little splash, then nothing. Gwyneth had that certain something that really translated to screen. That’s why I compared her to Julia in their 20s, having an “it” factor. I actually loved Gwyneth in every movie she did in her 20s and thought she was very talented.

    But she wasn’t some struggling actress for years and years, so daddy not paying rent doesn’t really mean anything as far as Goopy trying to make a point..

    • Cricket says:

      I think landing the supporting role as Brad Pitt’s wife in Seven helped her as well.. as did her budding relationship with Pitt the new ‘it’ guy in Hollywood.

  21. MrsBPitt says:

    She is clueless….

  22. Josefina says:

    What the hell is up with that list? People hate Goop, Madonna and Anne Hathaway more than Chris Brown? I can understand the reasons why all those celebs would be disliked, but nearly beating a woman to death and then try to spin the story so you’re the victim (Rihanna got over it before him!) is something else.

    As for Goop, eh. Typical Goop. Typical rich kids thinking they didnt have it easy because they worked and paid their own rent. Which is great, Goop, but that doesnt take away from the fact you received an education most people havent, grew up in a house most people just dream of, and have a last name that opens doors by itself.

    • Jayna says:

      Star Magazine says it all. Just a random order in the list.

    • Colette says:

      It’s about context that tabloid was published in 2013 around the time those other celebrities were more in the news.Anne got on people’s nerves when she was campaigning for her 2013 Oscar.Gwyneth was named People’s Most Beautiful which most people didn’t agree with that choice and I am sure she made some clueless comments in the People article.

      • Josefina says:

        Oh, I didnt notice it was from 2013. That explains some things. Still, it’s quite revealing people hate Goop more for being Goop, than they hate Chris Brown for being an abuser and a criminal.

  23. Colette says:

    Gwyneth “All My Life I Had To Fight” Paltrow.
    It was hard being a young, rich,white,blonde,attractive,thin woman at that time.It’s amazing what she has been able to accomplish with all those strikes against her.

  24. LA says:

    This is so often what people miss when it comes to white privilege (or maybe in this case Hollywood Privilege?). It’s not all about the money. It’s the connections. Access to opportunity is the most valuable part of privilege as far as I’m concerned.

  25. 0neNonBlonde says:

    She really needs to just shut up.

  26. Craig says:

    Some of her greatest hits:

    “I can’t pretend I’m somebody who makes $25,000 a year.”

    “I’d rather smoke crack than eat cheese out of a tin.”

    “When I pass a flowering zucchini plant in the garden, my heart skips a beat.”

    She really is the gift that keeps on giving.

    • Green Is Good says:

      Craig, thanks for the Dame Goopy quotes. Truly , she’s a snarking treasure.

    • Tash says:

      I would like to add a few more if you don’t mind –
      On the trouble with Parisian concierges: “When you go to Paris and your concierge sends you to some restaurant because they get a kickback, it’s like, ‘No. Where should I really be? Where is the great bar with organic wine? Where do I get a bikini wax in Paris?
      On hallucinating in Sedona, Arizona: “I’ll never forget it. I was starting to hike up the red rocks, and honestly, it was as if I heard the rock say, ‘You have the answers. You are your teacher.’ I thought I was having an auditory hallucination.”
      How being a movie star is harder than a ‘regular’ working mom: “I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it’s not like being on set.”

      • imqrious2 says:

        OH PLEASE!! “On set” hard??? Having to memorize lines, and find a mark on the floor?? Honey, put in 30 years in a classroom with 7 1/2 – 9 year old kids, and THEN tell me what “hard” is!

      • Jayna says:


    • Cricket says:

      sorry Craig.. I threw in the canned cheese comment too before I saw yours.. so I’ll sub for this one:

      “We have great dinner parties at which everyone sits around talking about politics, history, art and literature—all this peppered with really funny jokes. But back in America, I was at a party and a girl looked at me and said, ‘Oh, my God! Are those Juicy jeans that you’re wearing?’ and I thought, I can’t stay here. I have to get back to Europe.”

    • Elleno says:

      This! Does she really not realize what she sounds like? Not just once, but again and again and again!?

  27. Green Is Good says:

    French fries are her life? Please, somebody call 911, I think I’m stroking out.

    This is why Dame Goopy is despised. Total phony tw@t.

  28. CarolinaBelle says:

    Well her father certainly did not buy her acting lessons…and it shows!

  29. Craig says:

    And let’s not forget how difficult her life is because of those terrible Parisian concierges!

    “When you go to Paris and your concierge sends you to some restaurant because they get a kickback, it’s like, ‘No. Where should I really be? Where is the great bar with organic wine? Where do I get a bikini wax in Paris?”

    You really can’t make this stuff up…..

  30. A Fan says:

    A ‘perception’ she grew up with a silver spoon in her mouth?

    [*The silver spoon is called ‘connections’, Gwyneth, and it’s no ‘perception’.*]

  31. lisa2 says:

    She needs to say she has had a lot of opportunities and is grateful for them. People here scream about how so and so are only successful because of their parents. If that were the case every celebrity kid would be huge stars. That is not the case. It is a rare case where the kids are bigger than the parent.. and we now live in such an age of social media that it will even harder for them to gain that kind of power; because there are so many of them out there.

    Nepotism is also the battle cry here. But I bet many of the people here got their JOB or a JOB because of someone they knew or some inside connection. Heck that’s how I got my JOB.. My mother was friends with someone that knew someone. I got in. But my hard work is the reason I was able to stay in and achieve what I have. So I don’t berate her for the position she was born in. That is not a choice. That is life.. What you do when you are in that position is what you do. We still have major Hollywood success stories of people coming from outside of Hollywood and making it big. So it happens. I just think Gwyneth needs to stop trying to be “ONE OF THE PEOPLE” and just live in the lane she was born.

    • Esmom says:

      I think she is living in the lane she was born in, don’t you? I think the trouble comes when people constantly ask her opinion and, since she has been slammed for giving honest and out of touch answers in the past, she now feels compelled to sound relatable.

      Not sure why I feel compelled to defend her so much today…time for a break, maybe with some Cheez Whiz. 🙂

      • imqrious2 says:

        Esmom, you will never be allowed at Goop’s table with *clutches neck in horror* CANNED CHEESE! But, you’re welcome at mine, with inorganic wine, cheezits, and assorted other decidedly non-Goop friendly foodstuffs 🙂

  32. shewolf says:

    I think her point is that there is an image of her as this money covered young heiress who didn’t try to do anything and it all was just born into her life. Clearly the woman put the work into herself, she didn’t go all Lohan or Hilton. But Gwen… come on… you started off at a level the vast majority of us will never even see and that should probably be acknowledged.

  33. frivolity says:

    B.S. I remember her saying a while back that her parents gave her nothing else after she dropped out of college EXCEPT that they PAID HER RENT, which is arguably the most costly expense of all. She rewrites history all the time, just like all of the privileged do. And people who never had to struggle always think they work harder that people who do struggle. Working hard is beside the point because most people do.

    • TotallyBiased says:

      And didn’t Michael Douglas help her out in Santa Barbara? Can’t remember exactly, but seem to recall she said something about that some years ago. Her PA needs to go online and archive some notes so she doesn’t contradict herself.

      • Tiffany says:

        Yep, she did not do well at Spence and Douglas used his pull to get her admitted. She did not have the grades for admittance anywhere else. All that work, she quit after one semester.

        Also, she was living at one of her parents property in California during all this ‘roughing it’ that she speaks of.

  34. gemco says:

    when she fails to acknowledge how she was literally born into hollywood privilege, all I can think of is her cry-baby Oscar’s look:
    “…but I worked so so hard, why don’t you believe me?!”
    Ugh, shut up Gwyneth…just stop talking

  35. KikiGee says:

    Had she had that Bethenny Frankel Botox-jaw-relaxing thing done? Is that what’s different about her? She’s lost her square jaw.

  36. RedWeatherTiger says:

    Is this the same hard-line Daddy who bought her that big diamond necklace when she won the Oscar in that hideous, ill-fitting pink dress?

    I just looked it up: according to PEOPLE magazine, in an article on Oscar jewelry, “where are they now?
    The actress went home with two prizes in 1999: an Oscar and this 40-carat, $160,000 princess necklace that her father, Bruce Paltrow, bought for her. The jeweler threw in the $25,000 diamond cluster earrings at no charge.

    BOO HOO HOO Gwinny.

  37. Amelie says:

    Ugh, this woman. We both come from similar backgrounds, though I think Gwyneth’s parents were probably wealthier than my own. We’re both white women whose parents supported us financially through college. Mine also supported me in grad school and helped me out with rent my first year living in Spain (I was not making any money since I was in grad school). Just realized we both share a passion for Spain–ugh. Going to go out on a limb and declare I speak Spanish better than her.

    While never comfortable for me to admit, I recognize how incredibly fortunate I have been with my parents’ financial support. I live debt free and I know I can rely on them if I need to. Though I don’t anymore, I pay my own rent, bills, gym membership etc. (I cop to using my parents’ Netflix account and my uncle’s HBO go account solely for Game of Thrones).

    So I don’t like to talk about it, especially when my friends start quizzing each other on their student loans. But I won’t deny it either. The fact that Gwenyth can’t admit she is partially a product of nepotism just confirms she lives in denial. She never would have been able to get Goop off the ground otherwise.

    • Timbuktu says:

      Exactly! Just because your parents supported you, doesn’t mean you’re lazy or incompetent or anything, there are plenty of ways to come from privilege and blow it all. But come on! Your Dad “never gave you ANYTHING”? How can anyone possibly think that?
      Heck, my parents aren’t even American, and I grew up dirt poor compared to middle class in America, but I was middle class where I grew up. I got my education for free, myself, and got a stipend in college that would have allowed me to live on my own (well, with roommates), but my parents lived in the same city, so it just seemed smart to live with them and use the money for other things. So, I think that my parents supported me (financially) a lot less than yours and A LOT less than Goop’s, yet I would *still* never say that “my Dad never gave me anything”, because they gave me a stable home, food, emotional support, back up plan, etc., etc. Even that is not given for so many people in the world and even in America! So, to shrug it off like that because Daddy didn’t rent her a penthouse when she decided to pursue acting, and to ignore her connections and her last name and all the perks that came with it is just… unbelievable.

    • Fanny says:

      Yes, Gwyneth was able to “play at being poor” for a few years and put together loose change for Starbucks because she knew she had a safety net. If she had a health crisis, her parents would pay for the best care for her regardless of what her insurance situation was. If she wanted to go back to college, they would have paid for that. She knew she would never be knocking on the door of a homeless shelter.

  38. Cee says:

    Her name alone was enough to get her through so many doors. Spielberg helped, too.
    Her Oscar for Shakespeare in Love shows how important connections and last names are.

  39. Louise says:

    Did she have jaw surgery at some point? her jaw seemed to be a lot more square around the time she was with Pitt.

  40. CareBear says:

    Sit. the. f*ck. down. goop. You make me want to vomit in my mouth.

  41. Fanny says:

    Paltrow flat-out said back in the 90s that she got her agent at CAA based on one Williamstown play that she landed through her mother and a pilot of her father’s (“little nepostic things” per Paltrow) so she needs to STFU. And let’s not forget that her first significant movie role in Hook was given to her by her godfather, Steven Spielberg.

    • Cricket says:

      And didn’t Michael Douglas help her as well some how? Maybe entry into college?

      • Fanny says:

        Yes, Michael Douglas was on the Board of Directors of UC Santa Barbara and he wrote a letter and got them to admit her after she was rejected because her grades sucked. (And this is per Fishstick herself, back in the 90s when she used to admit this stuff.)

  42. Kelly says:

    It is weird she really never mentions her mom. You’d think she’s at least say “parents” did not help her not just dad.

    • Cricket says:

      I wonder if she has a great relationship with her mom.. I remember reading about Goop being on that show about her family ancestry and she actually referred to a grandmother – not sure which one as a c you next tuesday. I was shocked even for Goop to air that morsel.

  43. iheartgossip says:

    Why can’t she shut up and count her money. We don’t believe you, GooP. Not one bit.

  44. Kate says:

    She has had a so many opportunities, Kaiser, but you can’t say she never struggled. We have no idea what goes on in people’s lives, childhoods, relationships. I would never want to be a woman in Hollywood. Despite the financial benefit, I fear it’s one big bitter, gossipy, popularity contest.

  45. Jillybean says:

    Jesus she looks like daphne moon

  46. Christine says:

    Good grief. It was her name and connections that helped her though. I was so lucky that by the time I was in college my parents had worked hard enough to help me through. Then I decided to be a yoga teacher and not use my degree. Since then I take care of myself, it’s hard and I struggle but I make do. If I had famous parents no doubt my life would be different.

  47. Jwoolman says:

    One problem I have with these “let’s all jump on X for what she/he didn’t say” fests is that these people aren’t writing a comprehensive autobiography. They are being interviewed. They are answering questions and being led by the interviewer. They are not saying everything about a particular topic, but just saying a little bit in response to a particular question. We should jump on the interviewer for not asking more targeted questions or following up with questions designed to draw out more of the story. If asked other questions, she might very well have talked about how she was able to use family connections, for instance. Instead, she was just pulling one little thing from her memory. Of course it’s incomplete. That’s how interviews go when there is limited time and the interviewer doesn’t ask better questions.

    You can’t expect Goop to do the interviewer’s work. So she’s not an intensely reflective and brilliant person who has detailed insight into other ways of living and can instantly figure out what CB readers want to hear and take over the interview to say it. That describes the overwhelming majority of people in the world.

    I’d prefer to see people blasted for things they have done and said, not for what hasn’t been covered in an interview. And it’s not a crime to have not experienced poverty or middle classdom or to have had an easier time of it than most because of great luck in parents and their connections. She knows her own situation and can only really talk about that and her own personal challenges. Money doesn’t solve all your problems anyway. There are a lot of unhappy people in mansions.

    It’s funny when she says something clueless about how the rest of us live, but not criminal. I don’t dwell on my good fortune in not having been born in the slums of Calcutta, either. We all have plenty of luck in back of us but there is a limit to how much we think about other possibilities. We focus on what is difficult for us personally, regardless of how easy our path seems to others.

    • Flowerchild says:

      The interviewer didn’t have to ask her about her privilege giving her a leg up, that’s something a person who is self aware would do on thier own when answering a question like a this. Zoe Kravits, Kate Hudson, Angelina Jolie… all have had no problems acknowledging their privilege with out being guided to by the person interviewing them.

      Let’s be real Goop knew what questions the interviewer was going to ask she gave her. She signed off on the interview before even sitting in the chair, so this is not off the top of her head.

  48. Kate says:

    Beautifully stated, JWOOLMAN

  49. St germs says:

    Contrast this silver spooned moron with Jolie – who was also born beautiful, white and to parents in the business. But she’s acutely aware of how she’s been given opportunities that are denied to others equally competent and equally deserving, but just born in different circumstances. That’s privilege. No need to rake people over the coals for being born white & privileged, but I’d seriously side-eye any clueless moron who actually believes luck had no part to play in anything.

  50. Six of Nine says:

    Paltrow did earn decent money as a model long before she became an actress.
    Paltrow does have the “natural” body type for modeling: tall, slim, long-boned and a pretty-ish face. Yeah sure, she works out, too, and watches her nutrition. but genetically she did just get lucky so there is no point in claiming any merits here.
    Compare Paltrow’s body type and beauty type to Leslie Jones and the abundance of white priviledge becomes clear. And Leslie Jones is the better and more interesting actress.

    Paltrow didn’t just drop out of education but she knew she would get those acting jobs before she dropped out.

    Paltrow did quickly get together with Brad Pitt who had a lot of influence/connections already.

    Paltrow doesn’t just have family connections into the industry via daddy and mummy but her family is friends with the Michael/Kirk Douglas family. That is not just connections. That is doping.

    And no, I don’t believe that her parents didn’t help her financially. I just don’t buy it. Did Paltrow get her own appartment just after dropping out of school or did she start her acting career from her parent’s living quarters?

    And lucky for her her parent’s living quarters were in New York which was just very fortunate for starting an acting career. Imagine you have no money and you try to start your acting career from some little-know small-small town in the midwest!!! Good luck.

    Oh and Paltrow is just over-doing the fillers by a notch. Face looks to plumb and bloated.

  51. Shaz says:

    Her first acting job in 1989 (High) was in a TV film her FATHER directed. Then she acted at Williamstown Theatre Festival where her MOTHER Blythe Danner performed for years. Then “UNCLE fricking Steven” Spielberg cast her in Hook in 1991. But no help from Dad? Really?? I mean, I do think she’s talented and beautiful, but she’s delusional too. Why not just say, yes, I was damn lucky.