Gwyneth Paltrow used to be a highly respected Hollywood actress, but she is better known today for Goop, her wellness company.
Although she appears occasionally in series such as “The Politician,” the focus of the celebrity has shifted.
Recently, however, she gave some insight into what led her to her career on screen.
As the star of ‘Emma’, Gwyneth Paltrow broke through
Paltrow made a name for herself as the title character in the comedy Emma, after a handful of smaller film roles in the ’90s, including Hook and Se7en. She starred in several important movies in 1998, including Sliding Doors and Shakespeare in Love.
The latter earned her the Best Actress Academy Award.
At the turn of the century, her rise made Paltrow the ‘it’ girl of the early 00s. In other high-profile projects, such as Bounce, The Royal Tenenbaums, Shallow Hal and Sylvia, she starred. While her performances were still praised, mixed reviews were received for some of her films at the time.
She starred in the Marvel Cinematic Universe later on.
In the then unestablished Marvel Cinematic Universe, Paltrow’s status led to a role. She performed the role of Pepper Potts, Tony Stark’s assistant (and later lover) in Iron Man. In the two direct sequels of the film, Paltrow repeated her role and made small appearances in other MCU films, such as Avengers: Endgame.
Paltrow was not involved in the press for movies outside of the Iron Man series, although she played a prominent supporting character. A clip of her telling Spider-Man: Homecoming co-star Jon Favreau that she was “not in Spider-Man” from his 2019 Netflix series The Chef Show blew up, with others later clarifying that she may have mixed up films.
Paltrow has ‘quit acting’ multiple times
Each time Gwyneth Paltrow has claimed that she is done with acting (but isn’t)
The fact that Paltrow has forgotten that she was in Homecoming shows how little focus she has put on acting in recent years.
Aside from the MCU movies, she’s only starred in three films in the last decade: the thriller Contagion, the dramedy Thanks for Sharing, and the action-comedy Mortdecai.
So has Paltrow really stopped acting? Not quite.
Although she has broached the subject several times in interviews and given different answers, she keeps returning to smaller roles. However, her days as a leading lady in major motion pictures seem to be behind her. “I’m not sure how I’ll feel about acting in the future,” she told Extra in 2017.
She says she “honed” her craft as a teenager
Coming from a show business family, Paltrow first appeared in a TV movie directed by her father Bruce Paltrow in 1989. Soon after, she made her stage debut at a theater festival attended by her mother, Blythe Danner.
But Paltrow says she’s acted before, in her own way.
When talk show host Jimmy Kimmel asked Paltrow if she ever made prank calls as a teenager, she replied, “Beyond that. That’s how I honed all my acting. I would call in all these different accents and try not to break down and laugh. I think that was my early acting school.” She even says she recorded “so many” of those calls.