Gwyneth Paltrow: ‘I reserve the right to…have a facelift or whatever at some point’

Gwyneth Paltrow looks ready to get down to business while out in Manhattan!

Gwyneth Paltrow took part in Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit on Tuesday. VF published quotes from the discussion on Wednesday, and here we are. Gwyneth obviously gets invited to speak at these kinds of things now because of Goop. Goop is a financial success and, I suppose, a “branding success.” If you say something is “Goop,” everyone knows what that means – it means fake-science-y and pandering to rich women. Gwyneth chatted with Jenna Lyons about aging, Goop, and how she profits when everyone hates on her. She also made this aside about her husband Brad Falchuk and why she signed on to do The Politician: “He’s really good in bed.” Ick. Some highlights:

On Botox & plastic surgery: “I mean there’s nothing like high def TV to make you rethink your lack of, you know, Botox… We’re living in a time where there are all these amazing things that are available to women who are aging and I’m just not sure how I feel about it yet. I’ve tried like little things here and there but I haven’t felt comfortable really pursuing it. I reserve the right to do it or have a facelift or whatever at some point; I’m not saying I wouldn’t but I think there is a part of me that feels conflicted on some level about it. Sometimes I see these those gorgeous, old French movie stars and they just are, and it’s just very sensual in a way. It’s extremely empowering to just be yourself and not lose your sensuality and your, your femininity, but we’ll see. I’m not making any promises.”

Gooping since 2008: “I thought obviously I have no authority to do anything like this and no one’s going to take me seriously. I have learned so much. And so much by making such grave mistakes that have cost millions of dollars.” She didn’t elaborate on specific mistakes, but did share that whenever the content on Goop got negative press, it eventually become a boon for the company. “In many cases, it really benefits us because like we rank number one or two in SEO for a number of these topics that are now really super popular. Like, you know, detox and celery juice for example.”

She invented gluten-free diets: “I mean, I wrote a gluten free cookbook like eight years ago and people wrote that Child Services should be called on me because I was starving my children. That was a good one. And you know, now gluten free is mainstream.”

Libra vibes: “I think that you know something about me that that’s gotten me into a lot of trouble in my life and also gotten me to amazing places is like, there’s something inside me—maybe it’s that I’m a Libra—but I was just like have to do this, I have to speak my mind. I have to speak my truth and let the chips fall where they may.”

Her Netflix show, The Goop Lab With Gwyneth Paltrow: Her employees explore “boundary-pushing wellness topics” for a half-hour. “We actually are just building our HR department now. But of course we have people agree and sign waivers like the staffers who went out to the field and try things. It was, it was all done properly.”

[From Vanity Fair]

How she frames the gluten-free thing is Classic Gwyneth. Once again, I’m here to provide context: originally, she said she was doing the gluten-free thing because her bones were turning to dust and she was basically malnourished, and she went doctor-shopping until someone told her to try to eliminate gluten, and she then forced a gluten-free diet on her kids. That was how she originally told the story, but of course there are other versions now, and of course she now claims to have invented gluten-free diets basically. And if she just up and eliminated gluten and made her kids go on some weird fad diet because SHE went doctor-shopping, than yes, she’s a sh-tty mother.

As for what she says about Botox and plastic surgery… it made me remember, years ago, when Gwyneth looked really Botoxy at the Oscars. Soon after, her old face came back. That makes me think that she really has experimented with fillers and Botox but not anything crazy or long-term. But yeah… I could see her getting a face lift or more significant work, and I appreciate that she’s honest about that.

And here’s her explanation (again) for how she didn’t know about her appearance in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

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  1. MaryContrary says:

    I’m 53 with bags under my eyes. I am thinking about getting my eyes done in the next year. I’ve had a little bit of botox and fillers. I never would have contemplated any of this at 45. I always assumed that I’d be fine with whatever wrinkles showed up. I don’t want to look 30-I just want to look like myself without bags or jowls.

    • Livethelifeaquatic says:

      I’ve been getting Botox and fillers here and there and am considering getting my eyes done as well. My surgeon said I may be able to hold off getting the lid surgery for a few years, but with fillers costing 1k a pop I’m up thinking the eye surgery is more economical.

      • MaryContrary says:

        The last time I got fillers that’s what the tech told me-by the time I’d use enough filler to make a big difference it would cost$$$-might as well go for the surgery.

    • schmootc says:

      I’m 46 and have been using Botox for a good 10-15 years now. I first started when I looked in the rearview mirror while driving and all I could see was the double lines between my brows. My foundation started settling in them. And I just couldn’t deal. No regrets whatsoever. And yeah, I can see doing more down the road. Not full catface of course, but a smidge here, a smidge there that makes ME feel better is nothing to be ashamed of.

  2. AnnaKist says:

    Blah blah. No one cares, Gwyn.

  3. Skyblue says:

    I’m watching season 3 of Goliath and the Amy Brenneman character is an evil holistic nut job who shills a product called Soop. 😆

  4. Valiantly Varnished says:

    She’s right about the gluten-free thing though. I remember very well how people were trashing her and stating that she was starving her kids and that she was psycho for feeding them gluten-free diets and now it’s something that parents SEEK OUT for their kids. So yes there is a bit of hypocrisy in that that I don’t blame her for pointing out.

    • AnnaKist says:

      Really? I’m in Australia and gluten-free eating has been around for much longer than that down here. My daughter had tummy troubles for years, and in 2009 she was advised by a gastroenterologist to eat gluten-free foods, as she likely had Coeliac’s. The products were mostly available in supermarkets even then. A year later she was diagnosed with Crohn’s.

    • Apalapa says:

      I heard of gluten free in various fringe communities like anti-vaxxing maybe. Not from goop.

      I have heard people with actual celiac say they are annoyed by Goop because now servers in restaurants think their celiac is not real but a choice and part of a fad. and so these people with actual celiac have gotten violently ill. That would make me pretty angry. F*ck Goop. Stop trying to be an influencer please. Send people to actual doctors and dietitians.

      • Who ARE These People? says:

        Yes, this is exactly my experience. One server told me they view some people as “fakers.” It’s gotten harder, not easier, to be treated respectfully because of the trendy people who have now likely moved on to keto or whatever’s next. Meanwhile I still get sick on gluten – and pay for it.

    • jenner says:

      Nope, gluten-free was around way before goop.

  5. Betsy says:

    If Netflix is going to run Gwyneth’s show, I hope they also run Dr Jen Gunter’s show.

    On the one hand, I enjoy Gwyneth. I don’t have to deal with her and she’s at the level of navel gazing and ridiculosity that I put Mariah Carey and other divaish women. I enjoy it the same as I do the Royals. Only Gwyneth has to go and sell her sick brand of misogyny and wreck the fun because now she’s actively harmful.

    • MarcelMarcel says:

      That’s how I feel too. Love a diva! But Goop has wrecked the fun of her diva hood by profiting from misogynistic attitudes.

  6. Loulalou says:

    Yes I agree with her about the gluten free diet…she was trashed about it at the time. And it’s not a “fad diet”, it’s actually a really smart and healthy decision for many people..I have been eating gluten free for the past 4 month and my body is thanking me for it! Way less bloating and feeling more energised and less sluggish.. so I think it’s a step too far to accuse her of being a shitty mother because she was trying to help her children eat more healthily… she looks good and it’s refreshing to see a woman in her position who hasn’t messed with her face..

    • cinnamon says:

      I read somwhere that you lose vitamins and nutrients in the process of making food gluten free and that doctors usually prescribe supplements to patients if they are not supposed to eat gluten. So denying your children vitamins for some fad diet seems pretty unreasonable to me.

  7. Vava says:

    I like those black shoes she has on in the first photo. Tamara Mellon. Her hair looks shiny, too, but I wish she’d get it trimmed to a blunt cut. Jenna Lyons is a bit insufferable.

  8. JennyJenny says:

    She really looks like her Mother in that header picture.

  9. Thaisajs says:

    I reserve the right to continue to not care what Gwyneth Paltrow does. She hasn’t been relevant in so long. Who cares what she does with her face? It’s not a national monument or something.

  10. HeyThere! says:

    I eliminated gluten once and didn’t notice any difference because I don’t seem to have any issues with gluten(assuming). I then read eating gluten free is great for certain diseases and chronic illness but if you didn’t have those you wouldn’t notice a difference?

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      Gluten free – eliminating wheat, rye, barley and their byproducts, and for some, oatmeal – is necessary for people with celiac disease. It is necessary for most people with non-celiac gluten intolerance. Celiac is an auto-immune disorder; intolerance a functional disorder. If you don’t have those, you might not notice a difference. High-gluten flours are harder to digest, so alternative flours might go down easier, but that’s different.

      In the past a gluten-free diet was a deficient diet and you had to make up for the iron and B vitamins that are in fortified grains. Now more of the alternative flours are fortified.

    • BANANIE says:

      I had thought the same thing! Like if you don’t have difficulty processing it, how is eliminating it going to make a serious difference? I’m willing to bet a lot of this improved energy etc is placebo.

  11. Livethelifeaquatic says:

    She is looking a bit jowely like her mother in the first pic. I say she is laying out the foundation and already has a surgery scheduled

  12. Mejia says:

    This picture makes her look so much like her Mother who is a beautiful woman.

  13. CatWomen says:

    Readers, when your young and blessed to be beautiful, I am going to say aging is worse because you lose your looks, and, that’s as much a part of you as your skin or hair. In the entertainment industry, it’s biased towards under 30. In IT it’s under 40. I’m over 60 and look 50. I can’t work because I’m aged out of IT. Gwen is just reflecting the awful reality of all this ageism. Let’s not kill the messenger. It’s not going to change in our live times.

  14. CAVandy says:

    I’d also like to say it’s perfect they had Jenna Lyons interview her. She was the lead designer for J Crew for years, but fell completely out of touch with what her brand was and nearly killed it before they fired her. It’s still struggling, thanks to her being up her own a** about her style.

  15. bears says:

    Plastic surgery and Botox? How basic. Why doesn’t she slap on some stickers and shove a hunk of amethyst up her butt or whatever garbage she’s shilling to idiots these days.

  16. dlc says:

    I’m not really in the income bracket for botox or plastic surgery…. but I’m close, and I’m thinking of saving up. I’ve always loved my square jaw line and it’s getting a little…loose. the wrinkles don’t bother me, but that does. I’m 44, and I’ve heard a partial face lift helps with that. Thoughts?

  17. lucy2 says:

    Wow, she’s quite the inventor! So far she’s claimed credit for yoga, gluten-free, and amicable divorce.