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Gwyneth Paltrow on the power of turning 50: “We stop trying to be what other people expect us to be”

When she was in her 20s or 30s, how did Gwyneth Paltrow see what she would be doing at 50? “I don’t think she thought about it,” she answered. “I thought, you know, 50 is, like, you’re dead at that point!”

Although she is clearly far from dead, Paltrow, who will in fact turn 50 this week, is already in a second life. She is the founder and CEO of the lifestyle brand. goop. It includes a website, television shows, and many products designed to make you feel and look good.

Goop’s flagship store is in Santa Monica, California, where Paltrow was raised by her mother, actress Blythe Danner, and father, producer/director Bruce Paltrow.

Growing up watching her mother, Paltrow knew she wanted to act. And success came early; she won an Academy Award for best actress for 1998’s “Shakespeare in Love,” at age 26.

“It’s crazy when I think about it now,” Paltrow told correspondent Tracy Smith. “At the time I thought she was like a full grown up, you know?”

“What do you think that did to your mind?”

“To equip!” she laughed.

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Actress and CEO of Goop Gwyneth Paltrow.

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Which way? “You know, reaching that kind of pinnacle at that age and having so much scrutiny and attention, and then it’s like, no matter what you do after that, you can’t really win, right? It’s like you have a few years of that is like, nothing’s going to live up to that. It’s a lot to hold onto.”

He went on to star in movies for the next decade, from “The Talented Mr. Ripley” to “The Royal Tenenbaums” to “Iron Man.” But the untimely death of her father in 2002 set her on a new path.

Smith asked, “When did you start worrying about welfare?”

“I’ll tell you exactly: when my father had cancer,” Paltrow replied. “And one day I was helping him feed him with a syringe and a feeding tube. And I realized, like, ‘What’s in this can that I’m injecting right into his stomach?’ And it was the first time I made a connection between food [and] wellness. I will never forget this moment.”

He began researching and sharing what he learned, which became the Goop website. [her initials, plus two Os, because she’d heard successful internet companies have double-Os in their name].

Today, the company is reported to be a $250 million business. It is also controversial. Some doctors and scientists have criticized Goop and Paltrow for recommending methods and products that are not scientifically proven.

Smith asked, “What do you say to people who say you’re promoting pseudoscience?”

“I really don’t understand where that’s coming from, because we don’t do that,” Paltrow said. “We’ve never done that. I mean, especially when we started, there were so many modalities and ways of achieving wellness that didn’t have scientific backing, but have worked in India for thousands of years, or worked in China. So, I think it was , like, a way to shoot us. But there’s nothing we talk about that’s really that crazy.”

“Some of this is maybe a little bit crazy?” Smith said.

“Okay, like what?”

“Maybe the egg?”

Goop used to say that a $66 jade egg, inserted vaginally, could regulate hormones and tighten the pelvic floor. They were investigated by a California medical task force for false claims in 2018, and settled the case for $145,000. They did not admit to wrongdoing, but offered full refunds and changed the product description. other they are still selling the egg online.

Paltrow said, “There’s a whole industry now around pelvic floor strengthening. We got there just before!”

She said that she and Goop are often misunderstood because they’re ahead of their time: “We’d talk about something and the internet would freak out. And then six months or two years later it would be widely adopted.” “

One example, he said, was “what’s gluten-free… People thought it was crazy.”

“Where at the time were people saying, ‘Oh, that Gwyneth’?” Smith asked

“Yeah, this crazy girl talking about, you know, gluten-free, or getting a good divorce.”

Yes, the divorce. When Paltrow and musician Chris Martin announced their “conscious decoupling” in 2014, the eyes rolled back. But they have raised their two children together while remaining good friends.

Smith asked, “As much as people said, Oh conscious decouplingyou guys really figured it out.”

“I think we did it. I think we did it,” Paltrow said. “And he is completely my family, and I love him, and he would do anything for me. I would do anything for him. We would do anything for our kids. We really committed to wanting our kids to come out of the divorce unscathed.” as possible.”

Paltrow now has a blended family with her husband, television producer Brad Falchuk, and their two children. The oldest, Apple, just left for college.

How was that? “Oh wow. I know it sounds crazy, but it feels almost as deep as giving birth,” Paltrow said.

And as she nears another milestone, Gwyneth Paltrow appears to be handling it well: “As a woman, you turn 50 and maybe we all give ourselves permission to be exactly who we are. And we stop trying to be what other people expect of us.” be, and you kind of exhale into this other thing.

“Have you given yourself permission to be who you are?” Smith asked.

“Yes!” She answered. “But she has taken me time.”


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Story produced by Jon Carras. Editing: Steve Tyler.

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