Some people see Gweneth Paltrow as a girl who’s got it all; and if you ask her, you’d be right. She’s a girl who seems to have it all because she embraces everything she’s got, she makes moves for everything she wants, and she calls herself ruthless when it comes to using pain and difficult situations to push herself forward.
‘I’ve had an extraordinary life, where things have happened in a huge way—huge success, huge joy, huge pain, huge loss. And the reason I feel happy today is because I’ve milked the f–k out of every opportunity. I haven’t made one mistake that I haven’t used as a stepping stone to get somewhere else. I’m ruthless when it comes to using the hard things.‘
In her interview with The Edit, she explains that she knows what people perceive her to be and that whatever their opinions are, well, they’re just that – opinions. Gwyneth knows who she is, what it’s taken to get there, and she knows that she’s never asked for something to be handed to her – she’s worked for it and paved her own paths to success.
She was also candid about why she thinks people have such negative feelings about who she is.
‘It’s got a few layers to it. People were fine with me as an actress, but with Goop it was like, ‘Stay in your lane.’ Women, in general, get a lot of pushback, especially if you’re successful and attractive… I’m not saying I’m attractive. I mean when you’re considered attractive.‘
Gwyneth does wear her confidence, but not in a manner that screams that she wants attention or demands you to think she’s all that. She’s comfortable, and sometimes being comfortable with yourself is the hardest thing to do in this world.
She also spoke of her divorce with Chris Martin, that infamous phrase she got so much flack for ‘conscious uncoupling’ and how it was insanely hard to get to the place where she is with Chris now, but it was worth it.
‘I wanted to turn my divorce into a positive. What if I didn’t blame the other person for anything, and held myself 100% accountable? What if I checked my own s–t at the door and put my children first? And reminded myself about the things about my ex-husband that I love, and fostered the friendship? What I put myself through to get there was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my life.‘
In the interview when she spoke about conscious uncoupling, she made another very ‘herself’ statement and it’s one of the things we like about her.
‘I’m always the person who gets s–t at first, but then later people say, ‘Hey, maybe that’s a good idea.’ I don’t mind.‘
‘…but I knew him’