Gwyneth Paltrow’s least favorite role: her fatsuit-wearing character in ‘Shallow Hal’

Gwyneth Paltrow at the Grand opening of the JVP International Cyber Center

Did you know that Gwyneth Paltrow’s longest and most successful relationship with a man is with her gay assistant Kevin Keating? I didn’t even know this dude existed before now, and once you see their dynamic, it feels very… understandable. Gwyneth is a total narcissist, so of course her closest confidant and friend is the guy she pays to organize her life and know everything there is to know about her. To promote her Netflix show, The Goop Lab, Gwyneth and Kevin sat down together for a Q&A about Gwyneth’s favorite subject: herself. And good news, Kevin passed with flying colors! Of course he did.

The headline every outlet is going with is that Gwyneth’s least-favorite role of all time was Shallow Hal, the Farrelly Bros comedy starring Gwyneth and Jack Black. Black’s character is a superficial douchebag who only wants to date beautiful, perfect-looking women. His character get hypnotized by Tony Robbins into only seeing people’s inner beauty, and he promptly falls in love with Gwyneth-in-a-fatsuit. I’ve seen the movie. There’s a sweetness to how Hal treats her with so much dignity and respect, but yeah, of course the juvenile jokes suck. Gwyneth seemed to regret that role even during the promotion for it, from what I remember. She hated the IDEA that the message of the film was “treat overweight people with respect.” She was disgusted by it.

In the same clip, she asks Keating to name her favorite role, and he (once again) gets it right: her favorite “role” was singing “Forget You” with Cee Lo Green at the 2011 Grammys. Cee Lo Green was investigated for raping a drugged, unconscious woman and then he did some tweets about how it’s only really rape if someone is conscious. And Gwyneth is still cosigning that performance, huh.

And of course she and her assistant had to name-drop. The most famous contact in her phone? Beyonce, of course.

Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Golden Globes, at Hotel Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, USA, on 05 January 2020. | usage worldwide

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  1. T says:

    And water is wet.

  2. Aephra says:

    I remember a comment she made while filming. It was along the lines of ‘she walked through a hotel lobby wearing the fat suit and no one even looked at her and that was a horrible thing’. I’ve been over her ever since then.

    • ME says:

      Well she’s super thin, White, and Blonde so she’s used to getting all the stares…at least in America. Go to other countries and she might not have gotten so many looks.

    • frenchtoast says:

      Well she’s a celebrity, so I think she meant that people recognize her everywhere she goes.

    • Trashaddict says:

      Gwyneth: “oh my GAWD, i had to be FAAAT!” is what I hear in my head.
      Plus, what the hell is that outfit? Looks like Frederick’s of Hollywood gone wrong.
      Yes, body good. Yes, I know, no shaming for sexual expression. But the whole see-through dress thing is getting really tacky. I think shaming for sheer tackiness (no pun intended) is fair game.

  3. Christin says:

    Not surprising that she would miss the point that inner beauty is the most important. There were at least four other characters in the movie that helped convey that message, not just her character.

    • megs283 says:

      Right. I thought it would be her least favorite movie because of the anti-fat jokes and the fact that people need to be TOLD or hypnotized to see inner beauty. But, nope.

  4. Spicecake38 says:

    I saw this movie in theaters when I was about 25,young or immature enough to find it funny/sweet.
    About two years ago my daughter and I started to watch it on cable and we just looked at each other…and turned it off.
    The idea of promoting inner beauty is of course so important,but seeing this movie a second time I’m sorry I just found it mocking of the larger women,plus in his hypnotized state he saw them as so conventionally *beautiful*and I couldn’t help but think they were making mean comparisons between the large vs skinny women.
    Goop had to wear a fat suit 😢
    Many people live with bodies they are ridiculed for and over looked every day.

  5. Renee says:

    This woman is insufferable. I remember the story when the movie Shallow Hal came out that she “cried” having to film a scene where her character eats a cake. They brought in some special vegan or whatever healthy cake for her as that was the only way she would film the scene. Her lack of empathy for anyone other than herself is exhausting.

  6. Babadook says:

    I thought for a second…maybe she had grown and realised how poorly that film had aged and regretted being part of something that is innately fatphobic and mysoginist but alas no. I feel queasy.

  7. ChillyWilly says:

    Yes, Shallow HALLOW (wtf?) was an awful, misogynistic nightmare of a movie but I bet it’s her least Fave bc she had to wear the fat suit and hide her exquisite gorgeousness. Ugh, she’s such an ahole.

    • CC says:

      but, she’s only in that suit for half of the time she’s on screen. Remember he initially sees her as Gwyneth does appear.

  8. Michelle says:

    Suprised this insufferable twit of a woman can walk… what with the huge stick stuck up her ass. Why she’s still given a platform to spew her endless narcissism & sell her overpriced crap is beyond me?

  9. lucy2 says:

    At the time she called it a “love letter to heavy people”. I still remember that all these years later, because even then it was like WTF?
    She’s terrible. Always has been, always will be.

  10. K says:

    Of course. “Shallow Hal” is the ONLY role of hers that I liked. Mostly because she couldn’t rely on vanity and had to play a kind-hearted character who is empathetic and shy, not at all smug and self-obsessed like Gwyneth. Granted, fat suits in movies are always dicey and I can believe it was awkward for her to film the movie. But it’s not a disaster. The message of that film is actually a valuable one. As a person willing to sell you a candle that smells like her vag, I don’t think she’s a good judge of what’s in good taste or not.

  11. K says:

    Though it’s outdated in some ways, it’s not a disaster. The message of that film is a valuable one: that NO ONE can be fairly judged just on superficial first impressions (including overweight people or “ugly” people, but also transgendered individuals, those with scars, disabilities, ostensibly attractive people who are actually cruel, etc.) The movie makes the point that our actions and behavior are more relevant than surface appearances or perceived physical “flaws.” Gwyneth might think the sun shines out of her ass, but I think she’s ugly because of the ignorant and elitist things she says and does.