True confessions: I deeply enjoy Gwyneth. I love her first two cookbooks (My Father’s Daughter and It’s All Good), I’ve always liked her as an actor, and GOOP has brought us all so much to discuss. I truly never want her to change; she is one of the few remaining celebrities who feels like they actually still have a real personality, even if you don’t always like it. The interview is truly peak Goop. For one thing, she evangelizes this crazy thing you’ve maybe never tried: Taking a walk. It also has a last-minute sidebar insertion about COVID-19 — again, I SINCERELY have thoughts and prayers for all the editors who are waking up at 2 in the morning in a cold sweat, realizing that the interview in next month’s magazine is a hot mess now that we’re all in a global pandemic — that is well-said and generous.
And this also made me snort:
“I really believe that being alive is just a process of—if you’re not wasting your fucking life — figuring out how you can impact the world positively. You can choose to engage in your life and participate in it, or you can back out and criticize everybody else in your arena.”
Goop is about allowing its fans to “ask whatever question they want, to live their lives exactly the way they want to live them, to be empowered to have difficult conversations and to be direct,” Paltrow says. And that—more than cashew dip or infrared saunas—is why the criticism doesn’t bother her. “It doesn’t mean anything to me, because it’s not about me,” she says with a smile. “It’s about what I represent, and that’s about you.”
IS IT? Maybe!
As far as the cover goes, it’s fine! She looks good — though I’m a bit concerned that her blazer is honestly just one-half of a jacket, rather than being slung over her should — but I must confess that I miss the usual T&C MO, which is usually Extremely Rich Lady Lying On a Tufted Sofa in the Library of Her Country Home. (They rarely, if ever, do a full-body shot like this.) Next month! Until then, I gotta catch up on this Seven Sisters thing.
[Cover: Amanda Demme]