Gwyneth Paltrow really doesn’t care if you like her or not

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Ageism is a very real problem in Hollywood today; from Jennifer Aniston to Kim Cattrall, countless women in the spotlight have addressed the overwhelming misogyny of the movie industry - and pointed out that, when female actors reach a certain age, they find it harder and harder to get work.

Now Gwyneth Paltrow has lent her voice to the argument, insisting that she felt a change in the public’s opinion of her as she entered her 40s.

However she has a very unique - and totally badass - response to ageist critics; she’s stopped caring about what they think of her, once and for all.

“When I turned 40, I felt like I got this free software upgrade that I wasn’t expecting,” she told InStyle.

“It just happened. Suddenly I was like, ‘Oh, this is fantastic: I don’t care! I like myself, and I’m just going to live my life.”

Paltrow added: “I’m going to stop worrying and tearing myself down.’”

It’s not the first time that Paltrow has addressed the ageing process; during an interview with Jimmy Fallon earlier this year, the Iron Man 3 actor said that she’s proud of her wrinkles, because they represent all that she’s gone through in life. 

In a way, she said, her wrinkles are medals of honour - or battle scars signifying the events of her life, both good and bad.

”I don’t want to be 26. I would never want to go back there ever for a million years,” she told the US talkshow host. “I think what we want to do is look our best as we age gracefully.”

During that same interview, Paltrow revealed that she intends to quit Hollywood and acting completely, so that she can better focus on her own company Goop, which prioritises clean living and beauty.

She explained to InStyle that she fully intends to keep pushing the needle on wellness issues, no matter how many people poke fun at her for it.

"I’m like, this is my role,” she said. “I’m here to do this.”

Paltrow added: “A friend told me if you’re a trailblazer, you’re the first one through, and you get the cuts because you’re hacking the path.

“I’ve learned how the cycle works,” she continued. “It used to be that I would talk about something or write about it, and people would be like, ‘What the f**k is she talking about? She’s a witch!’ And then later on it would sort of catch on. 

“So now I just recognise it: OK, I’m going to talk about this, and people will think it’s weird, and that’s how it goes.”


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.