Gwyneth Paltrow spoke about why the 50th anniversary was a liberating experience for her.
Gwyneth Paltrow recently celebrated a significant birthday — she turned 50 years old. Although the Oscar winner has happily retired from cinema, over the past decade or so she has begun her life outside of Hollywood. Of course, over the last decade she has developed her Goop empire. While her forties were useful in many ways, when she turned 50, she took her place in her life. The star of “Iron Man” frankly admitted that the 50th anniversary was a liberation for her.
The “Shakespeare in Love” actress was thrilled to be in her fifties when she spoke on a panel at a Goop Immersive event in Santa Monica. According to People, Paltrow was already looking forward to the next decade, despite turning just 50 in September. Speaking at the panel, the retired actress called the achievement of the half-century milestone “fantastic.” She explained the difference she felt going from fifty to forty.
It’s unbelievable. I was very encouraged by the fact that I turned 50 years old. I used to care so much about what people thought of me. [Now] I don’t care. It’s so nice. I think what it really means is not being caught up in what other people think, it means that you are close to yourself.
It seemed that entering a new decade freed Paltrow from any doubts and fears she had experienced in the first half of her life. Turning a big 5-0 sounds like a life that even her fans dream of. The rejection of other people’s opinions or thoughts allowed her to accept her true self.
The former MCU star seemed to embrace this new season of life with open arms. What could not be said about Paltrow when she was over 40. She spoke about the identity crisis she faced, because at that time her life was undergoing many personal changes.
When I was 40, I was a wreck. I really had a little midlife crisis. I also admit that I was in the middle of a big transition. I knew I wanted to get out of the marriage [she broke up with Martin in 2016], and I knew I wanted to return to the United States, so a lot was happening to me. I think this transition is especially difficult for a woman because society tells us that we are turning 40, and that when we lose our reproductive viability, we cease to be desirable, important or noticeable. But I really didn’t have any worries about turning 50. I felt that this amazing liberation was beginning to come.
A collision with all these life changes will immediately make anyone doubt their life choice. The 40th anniversary is considered a turning point for someone, especially for a Hollywood actress. She was at a crossroads in her acting career, deliberately breaking up with Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin and feeling homesick. That’s a lot to take on at one time. Former co-star Robert Downey Jr. saw Paltrow’s abrupt transition during the filming of the first Iron Man movie. He remembered her struggle to get Goop off the ground.
But her forties ended on a better note when she met and married TV producer Brad Falchak. She celebrated that her daughter Apple Martin turned 18. But there was a slight hitch for Paltrow, as Goop had a tough 2021, like many companies after brand expansion didn’t go so well. She also addressed the company’s statement that it is called pseudoscience. Besides, she seemed to be in a better position when the retired actress turned forty.
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