Gwyneth Paltrow: ‘I don’t think my daughter has ever seen me in a movie’

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I won’t lie: I was actually a fan of Gwyneth Paltrow’s acting work at one point, many years ago. She was in some good movies, and she was good in some movies! While it’s not my canonical favorite, I love her version of Emma, which (even by today’s standards) was exceptionally well-cast. I love Sliding Doors. Great Expectations doesn’t really hold up (I rewatched it recently and it was super-annoying). My favorite Paltrow film? Probably The Royal Tenenbaums. It sounds like it’s sort of Gwyneth’s favorite too, although she will only admit that under very narrow and snotty circumstances! As it turns out, Gwyneth has never encouraged her children to watch her movies. So… they haven’t. Not even The Royal Tenenbaums.

Gwyneth Paltrow may be one of Hollywood’s most recognizable A-listers, but don’t expect her teenage children — daughter Apple, 17, and son Moses, 15 — to know any of her movies. During an appearance on the premiere episode of “Shop TODAY with Jill Martin” Thursday on the TODAY All Day streaming channel, the Oscar winner and Goop founder, 48, revealed that her kids (whom she shares with ex Chris Martin) haven’t exactly gone out of their way to see her films.

“My kids have never seen me in a movie,” Paltrow revealed, adding, “I mean, I think my son has seen the ‘Iron Man’ things, but I don’t think my daughter has ever seen me in a movie.”

The “Politician” star added that Apple “thinks it’s weird if I’m onscreen.”

“She says she likes me here,” said Paltrow, laughing, as she placed both hands over her heart.

When asked what movies of hers would be her all-time favorite, the Academy award winner candidly shared, “I also really hate, hate, hate seeing myself in a movie ever.”

However, the actress did explain her answer would have to be her 2001 film, The Royal Tenenbaums, due to the connection it has to her father, Bruce Paltrow (who passed away in 2002). The late director visited the actress on set and made the memories of the movie “enjoyable.”

“I have a memory of my dad visiting,” Paltrow said during the reunion, according to USA Today. “He came the day that we did a scene where I’m getting off the bus and Richie’s picking me up, and my dad was there. It was a very special day.” She added, “It’s kind of like the only scene that I can watch of myself of my whole career.”

[From Today & Yahoo]

That scene is iconic, to be fair. With Margot coming off the bus and Ritchie seeing her for the first time in years. It feels like the kind of movie a teenage girl like Apple would enjoy, even if it does star her mom? I’m looking through Gwyneth’s filmography and truly, there’s not a ton of stuff in there for kids beyond the Marvel movies. It does seem weird that Apple has never, ever sought one out though? I have no idea, maybe Moses and Apple are just completely embarrassed by their mom, no matter what she does.

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Photos courtesy of Gwyneth’s IG, Backgrid and Avalon Red.

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  1. MrsRobinson says:

    It’s also nice that her kids seem to have had relatively private lives, a photo here or there but no teen nepotism careers (yet).

    • Lena says:

      I get the feeling mom’s pushing Apple to be part of her business though. But if my mom won an Oscar at 25 I’d want to watch Shakespeare in Love. I can’t imagine why she wouldn’t. I understand a lot of actors hate to see themselves as we all sound and look different in our minds.

  2. christina says:

    I don’t believe her.

    • Midge says:

      me neither

    • Meg3 says:

      It’s difficult to believe anything she says.

    • minx says:


    • Jules says:

      Right! I think Gwynnie loves seeing herself in photos and movies, loves hearing herself talking obnoxiously, loves thinking she is the shit. But she plays make-believe humble.

      • Noki says:

        @Jules Lord forgive me for saying this lol..But imagine if she was breath takingly beautiful ? To me she is very plain,no striking feature or anything that stands out from head to toe. If she is this high and mighty I am glad she didnt end up looking like Angelina Jolie.

      • Bettyrose says:

        Noki -

        ITA but she think she’s a stunning beauty and enough people around her tell her so that I don’t think reality is a factor here at all. Gawd she is the ultimate nepotism success story.

      • AMM says:

        I think Gwen loves some of her movies, but I do believe she doesn’t really watch her money making projects like Marvel or whatever. She can’t even remember which movies she’s been in sometimes. So I half believe it. I think she enjoys watching her serious or indie roles, but just breezes through her blockbusters and never thinks about them again.

    • Barbiem says:

      Not one bit

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ christina, not one iota! She probably makes her children sit through her watching all of her old movies as she discusses at length, and nauseam, about every single detail involving the movie.

      “See, look how incredible I was in this movie, and how believable I was in this one, and see…

      Though,I loved Royal Tenebaums! The cast and story line was spectacular!! And who doesn’t love Gene Hackman!!

    • Astrid says:

      I don’t believe that Apple has never seen any of her Mom’s movies.

  3. Seaflower says:

    I get the impression Apple finds her Mum embarrassing, almost like G wants them to best friends not mother/daughter. The pose in the top photo is odd, with G pulling Apple towards her almost.

  4. Midge says:

    The Talented Mr. Ripley is my favorite. Although her part never felt like a stretch for her acting-wise. She did grow up in that kind of lifestyle.

  5. LovesitinNM says:

    It seems sort of like she has raised self centered children.

    • milliemollie says:

      Um, excuse you? Gwyneth Paltrow raised perfect children. Everything she does, she does perfectly. Didn’t you know that she invented yoga? She also figured out how to divorce perfectly and have perfect children!

  6. Noki says:

    I hear a lot of actors really dont like watching themselves. So maybe growing up they truly didnt see her films. I was so surprised watching the Friends reunion how they forgot so many things and didnt even remember Mr Heckles name. As fans who have watched their movies and episodes a million times we find it hard to fathom.

  7. Rapunzel says:

    So Apple never saw Avengers, Avengers: Infinity War, or Avengers: Endgame?
    I call bull honky.

  8. SurelyNot says:

    How quaint that she remembered she did that Iron Man stuff.

  9. Tom says:

    Neither have I, Gwynneth.

  10. Susan says:

    I’ll say in her defense…her movies aren’t the kind of movies kids gravitate to. While I have enjoyed a lot of her choices, they are definitely adult (not in the porn way adult, LOL) movies. Like I wouldn’t have watched anything with the name “Shakespeare” in it when I was a teen either.

    • minx says:

      The Avengers movies?

      • Susan says:

        Well sorry I should have been more clear, I was referring to her 90s era movies (she said her son saw the avengers movies but nothing else). I’m no Gwynn Stan but the ones that come to mind for me are:
        Shakespeare in love
        Talented mr ripely
        Sliding doors
        Royal tennenbaums
        That brother movie w Joaquin Phoenix

        And my point was, my pre teen boy would have zero interest in these.

    • Iris says:

      @Susan… I think all the teenagers in the 90s who loved Romeo + Juliet, and Shakespeare In Love might disagree with you!

      • Susan says:

        Lol I must have been a shallow teen…I avoided those type of movies like the plague at that age!

      • observer says:

        @Iris IKR?? I loved that movie as a preteen (parents took me to see it on the big screen) and i was a teenager in the early 00s. however i also had “intellectual” parents and a voracious interest in literature so i guess i was set up for it– i was put in several grades above the grade i was supposed to be in because of my lexical abilities– and we studied shakespeare somewhere around 8th-10th? grade level… (memory is fuzzy on this because i wasnt in the same grade for every subject)

        …unfortunately, we studied romeo and juliet. i do remember the teacher hauling out the VHS player to show us a clip from the DiCaprio movie…this was the only thing that actually caught the attention and interest of *other* students in the class. they were bored senseless by reading the play, i was like “finally, something interesting!”– anyway, i remember every other girl in the class absolutely losing it over Leo in R&J.

        i don’t like Leo, and i don’t like Romeo&Juliet even as a play, so i started reading Shakespeare’s other better plays then, lol. i was about 13yo at this time. obviously, i had a privileged education and can’t say i EVER represented the average teenager but– the movies definitely reached the average teenage girl from my POV. even our teacher realized that was how to capture the interest of the class.

  11. Mabs A'Mabbin says:


  12. minx says:

    Goopy and her humblebrag….

  13. Talie says:

    I actually like a lot more of her movies than I realized: A Perfect Murder, Sliding Doors, Great Expectations, Royal Tenenbaums, Possession, Mr. Ripley…she had good taste overall, I think. Weirdly, Shakespeare is my least fav.

    • Twin falls says:

      And Moonlight and Valentino with Bon Jovi and Duets with Huey Lewis. No idea if I’d like them now but I liked them at the time. I liked 90s Gwyneth.

    • The Recluse says:

      Possession was a frustrating experience for me. I had loved the novel so much and felt that the Masterpiece Theater format on PBS would have worked best for it. I was disappointed that they gave the two leads to Americans, although I do like Eckhart in general, but I kept thinking that surely they could have found someone else to play the lead character, the actress who played Lizzie Bennet, who was blondish in real life. Paltrow was so dry in the part and brought nothing but an accent to it.

  14. Jayna says:

    I’ve loved Gwyneth in almost every movie she’s done back in the earlier part of her career. She had something on screen when she was younger, the expressiveness of her face. I haven’t watched anything of her in recent years except some small indie movie with Mark Ruffalo, and that’s when I realized she still had something in her face emotions-wise that worked well on screen. I’ve only watched the first Ironman movie, so never saw her in any of the others, if she was in them, and never saw any Avengers movie. I saw her in that country music movie. She was okay. I can’t really remember it.

  15. Emily says:

    Ugh, Gwynnie would never lower herself to do something as proletarian as watch a movie.

    I will always love “A Perfect Murder.” Gwynnie as a rich bitch, Michael Douglas as an evil schemer, and Viggo Mortensen as a hot artist–underrated perfection.

    • AmyB says:

      @Emily LMAO yes agreed, Gwyneth in that role as the wealthy, cheating, bitch wife was her to perfection ! I always liked Seven too; she didn’t have a huge role in it, but I love that movie. Classic.

      “What’s in the box??” Haha!

  16. nicegirl says:

    Michael and Kelly w baby Goopy, View from the Top, ok OMG and Christina!!!

  17. psl says:

    Oh please, *eyeroll*.

  18. Robin says:

    It’s not quite the same thing, but this reminded me of when Heather Mills met Paul McCartney and apparently told him she’d never heard of The Beatles!!! Arghh. He should have run, but he believed her. No doubt it appealed to his idea of meeting someone fresh and innocent of his cultural, material and age related baggage.

  19. AmyB says:

    @Emily LMAO yes agreed, Gwyneth in that role as the wealthy, cheating, bitch wife was her to perfection ! I always liked Seven too; she didn’t have a huge role in it, but I love that movie. Classic.

    “What’s in the box??” Haha!

  20. Robin says:

    She is tiny in that photo next to her kids. I always thought she was really tall, for some reason.

    I never think her wellness translates into how well she looks herself. She always looks bad. Besides the point, but perhaps relevant given that we only really know her nowadays for selling health related products and vagina candles.


    Ok but, Hook is a great movie and all kids (and kids at heart!) should see it.

  22. Bri says:

    Apple should consider herself very lucky indeed.

  23. Alexis says:

    The Royal Tenenbaums is SOOOOOO GOOD, SO SO SO SO GOOD!!!! I love you for loving it. It’s SO underrated IMHO.

  24. Steven M LaVigne says:

    And I avoid her movies in general because I don’t think she’s that good an actress, she’s evidently not a very nice person and she’s become so weird. On the other hand, her mother, Blythe Danner is a brilliant actress. Her beautiful, heartbreaking performance in Mr. and Mrs. Bridge didn’t even get a nomination. In fact, she’s never been nominated!! Seeing Blythe Danner onstage has just been added to my bucket list! Paltrow? Meh!

  25. Bella says:

    I love a lot of her movies. I saw Country Strong with Leighton Meerster–who should have been an A-lister! Now, I never hear from here. I did like both ladies in the movie. Plus, Garrett Hedlund is a hunk.

  26. Annaloo. says:

    On brand for Gwyneth the Humblebraggart: “Oh, I don’t take note of all the fabulous opportunities and experiences I had – ones others would kill for – because they are just so routine, Same with my kids. They don’t care what amazing things happen bc it is rote for them too. By the way, their Dad is a rockstar.”

    She does try to leverage some of Apple’s youth. I’m confident there are very few 40+ folks out there using phrases like “cottagecore”, but you have to hand it to Gwynnie for trying to stay hot by association