Love her or hate her, Gwyneth Paltrow says it like it is, and she doesn’t seem to be afraid of what we think. The cover girl on the March issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, Gwyneth seems as sure of herself as ever — sharing intimate details about her life, marriage, bath time…, and more. And if this is all a ploy to get me to subscribe to Goop (with a million other readers each week, apparently!) it’s working: I LIKE her honesty, even if some of what she says makes me cringe.
Here are my favourite snippets from the article. Let me know what you think….
“I’ll take my wrinkles…. I don’t like the Botox thing.”
Gwyneth works out with trainer to the stars, Tracy Anderson. Her exercise regime includes dance aerobics and a specific sequence of exercises that she does for 10 days and then changes up. So “you’re muscular, but you don’t get used to anything.”
Gwyneth gets up at 7 a.m. with Apple (7) and Moses (5), but, she says, “I don’t really like eating that early, so I usually just have coffee and then a couple of bites of their leftovers, like granola and yogurt or scrambled eggs.”
On Chris Martin….
On the nanny….
On bath time….
“We all get into the tub together,” and then Apple and Moses go to bed at 8 p.m.
On her not-so-feminist view of family….
“I have little kids in school. I want to maintain my marriage and my family, so I have to be here when he comes home.” She goes on to share the following advice she gave to a friend: “She is an actress and in a new relationship with someone else with a big career, and I said this may not be feminist, but you have to compromise. It’s been all about you and you’re a big deal. And if you want what you’re saying you want—a family—you have to be a wife, and that is part of the equation. Gloria Steinem may string me up by my toes, but all I can do is my best, and I can do only what works for me and my family.”
OHHH, Gwyneth! Bring it on, Gorgeouses. Gwyneth knows she’s entitled to her opinion. Compromise is definitely crucial (and frankly obvious). But doesn’t the husband have to compromise too?
Here’s a quote she gave Harper’s Bazaar in 2008, which I just happened upon and love. It’s much more useful:
When I’m giving from all of my organs and my heart and brain and everything, I try to recharge a little bit…. If you don’t have time to go to the waxer, then shave your legs. Do little things that can get yourself back to feeling like your own person. You can obliterate yourself out of love and giving. And I don’t think that’s healthy.
Now THAT I can relate to and work with, and I’ll still check out the new GOOP, just for the fantasy, set to relaunch next month. Look out for Gwyneth on the cover (and inside) this month’s issue of Bazaar, and check her out opposite, *swoon,* Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man 3.
And we have to address this at least a wee bit. Do you think you could take a bath every night with your school-age children? I don’t think we’d all fit in the tub — not to mention the fact that, I’m a bit ashamed to admit, they’d be pointing at my “privates” the whole time…and laughing. How about you?