In a new interview with The Edit, actress and Goop head Gwyneth Paltrow talks openly, pushing back on the criticism she’s gotten over the years.
“People were fine with me as an actress,” Paltrow tells The Edit, “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.”
Paltrow doesn’t let any of that get to her, though, insisting that her career has been all about turning the negative into the positive.
“The reason I feel happy today is because I’ve milked the f**k out of every opportunity,” she says. “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.”
Using the hard things is a consistent theme in Paltrow’s life, including her divorce from Coldplay’s Chris Martin and her invention of the term “conscious uncoupling,” a source of jokes to this day.
“People are coming around,” Paltrow says. “I know it’s a dorky term, but it’s very worthwhile. 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.”
Whether or not that phrase was a good idea, Paltrow says the separation from Martin was “incredibly painful.”
But as with all things Paltrow, the negative must be turned into a positive. “What if I didn’t blame the other person for anything, and held myself 100% accountable?” she says about the divorce. “What if I checked my own s**t at the door and put my children first?”