Gwyneth Paltrow’s Dad Told Her Fame Turned Her Into An ‘A–hole’
Fame has a way of inflating even the smallest of egos, when the celebrity in question is susceptible to the unrelenting hype machine that so often surrounds talented newcomers. That fate nearly befell actress Gwyneth Paltrow, were it not for some harsh (but necessary) words from her father, director-producer Bruce Paltrow.
The Iron Man actress recalled the height of her fame -- back in 1999, when a weepy Paltrow took home the Best Actress Oscar for her Shakespeare in Love performance -- during an interview with Samantha Bee for Harper's Bazaar's November 2016 issue.
"I remember when I was maybe 27 years old and kind of at the height of my movie stardom — it was around the time of the Oscar and this and that," she said. "I think I was very much believing my own hype, which how could you not? I was sitting with my dad, feeling great about my life and everything that was happening, and he was like, 'You know, you're getting a little weird…You're kind of an asshole.'
"And I was like, 'What the hell?' I was totally devastated," she continued. "But it turned out to be basically the best thing that ever happened to me."
Paltrow continued, noting that the criticism from her father forced her to reconsider her behavior.
"It's the difference between someone who loves you more than anything in the world giving you criticism and getting it from some bitter stranger on the Internet," she said. "What my dad said to me was the kind of criticism where I was like, 'Oh, my God, I'm on the wrong track.' I'm so grateful to him for doing that. He was such a no-nonsense guy in that sense."
Head over to Harper's Bazaar to read Gwyneth Paltrow's full exchange — in which she also describes what her pal Beyonce is really like — with Samantha Bee.
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