Hollywood Spotlight: Gwyneth Paltrow

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The beautiful Gwyneth Paltrow is the focus of today’s Hollywood Spotlight. The multi-talented celebrity is the daughter of the late Hollywood producer and director, Bruce Paltrow, and Blythe Danner, the famous star of stage and screen. However, Gwyneth Paltrow’s skills and achievements strongly stand on their own merit, despite her Hollywood dynastic connections.

Becoming a Hollywood Darling

One of the future star’s first movie roles was in the adventure Hook (1991). Steven Spielberg cast her as a young Wendy Darling. Incidentally, Steven Spielberg is also Gwyneth Paltrow’s godfather! A few years later, she joined the cast of the thriller Se7en which became one of the highest grossing movies of 1995.

However, the young starlet proved her mettle early in her Hollywood career with Shakespeare in Love (1998). Cast as Viola de Lesseps, William Shakespeare’s love interest in the romantic comedy/drama, Gwyneth Paltrow enchanted audiences and critics. The movie and cast received many award nominations. In fact, it was an outstanding award season for the movie star. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress, a Golden Globe for Best Actress, and a Screen Actors Guild Award!

Outstanding Acting Versatility

With her star power solidified and her Hollywood career on the rise, the talented celebrity was able to pick and choose her roles. And the vehicles she chose highlighted both her acting skill and versatility. In addition to her success in period pieces, she showed great depth in dramas, a talent for suspense, and a great sense of comedic timing. 

However, most surprising was when the star first shared her musical abilities on screen. As a member of the ensemble cast of Duets (2000), Gwyneth Paltrow played the daughter of a hustler on the karaoke circuit. She performed two cover songs for the movie, both of which hit the charts. Moreover, Duets was the last movie the celebrity’s father directed. 

In 2010, the celebrity joined the cast of Glee with a recurring guest role. It was her first scripted television series. She dazzled audiences with her singing and dancing abilities. In fact, her performance as the substitute music teacher garnered her a Primetime Emmy Award! The singing continued when she starred in the drama Country Strong (2010). While the movie was not successful, Gwyneth Paltrow received critical praise for her performance. In addition, the song she performed, Coming Home, was nominated for an Academy Award.

Joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Gwyneth Paltrow joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the release of its first movie, Iron Man (2008). Cast as Pepper Potts, Tony Stark’s assistant and eventual love interest, the celebrity became a member of one of the most successful movie franchises in history. In fact, the Marvel movies she has starred in have been the most widespread films of her career. 

She has continued as Pepper Potts throughout the Iron Man movie series (2010, 2013) and reprised the role in The Avengers (2012), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), and Avengers: Infinity Wars (2018). 

Some of Gwyneth Paltrow’s other notable movie roles include Flesh and Bone (1993), Malice (1993), Moonlight and Valentino (1995), Emma (1996), The Pallbearer (1996), Great Expectations (1998), A Perfect Murder (1998), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Bounce (2000), Shallow Hal (2001), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), View from the Top (2003), Proof (2005), Running with Scissors (2006), and Contagion (2011).

The Creation of Goop

Gwyneth Paltrow created her Goop lifestyle brand in 2008. It began as a weekly newsletter designed to encourage people to nourish their body and soul. Over the years, critics have accused Goop’s suggestions as unattainable and, at times, controversial. However, the lifestyle brand continues to build a following partially due to its focus of inspiring feminism, and promotion of ancient practices and philosophies. Indeed, the company just recently celebrated its ten year anniversary!

A Foodie at Heart

Despite her lithe frame, this beautiful celebrity is a food lover. However, she is a firm believer in moderation. The busy mother of two loves cooking so much, she has even written and co-written a handful of cookbooks with her favorite recipes. Much of the star’s love of cooking comes from her late father who shared his passion for cooking with his family. As such, her most poignant cookbook is My Father’s Daughter: Delicious Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness. This scrumptious cookbook is a charming tribute to her father and the rest of her family.

Family First

Gwyneth Paltrow has always placed great value on her family. The star married singer Chris Martin in 2003. Despite having a successful Hollywood career, she placed acting on hold to raise their two children. However, in 2014, the couple separated and brought the term “conscious uncoupling” into the mainstream. While the couple dissolved their marriage, they sought to maintain a healthy friendship for their children. 

In late September of this year, Gwyneth Paltrow married Hollywood producer Brad Falchuk, who she met while working on Glee. The newlyweds just recently returned to work after their idyllic European honeymoon.

Upcoming Hollywood Projects

2019 should be a great year for the star. Of course, fans can expect to see her reprise the role as Pepper Potts in the next Avengers movie. But in this politically-charged time, many are also eagerly anticipating the Netflix show, The Politician. Both Gwyneth Paltrow and her new husband are linked to the show. Not much is known about the comedy, though Tony-award winning actor Ben Platt is starring. And the legendary Barbra Streisand is also in talks to join the cast. With these three acting singers on board, audiences are sure to enjoy! We wish the show and the newlyweds the best of luck!

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