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Gwyneth Paltrow Talks Casting Couch Experience

Gwyneth Paltrow Talks Casting Couch Experience

Gwyneth Paltrow opens up about her casting couch experience to the November 2010 issue of Elle (with Kate Hudson on the cover).

Here’s what the the 38-year-old actress shared with the mag about trading sexual favors for career advancement:

Have you ever had a casting-couch experience? Yup. When I was just starting out, someone suggested that we finish a meeting in the bedroom. I left. I was pretty shocked. I could see how someone who didn’t know better might worry, “My career will be ruined if I don’t give this guy a blow job!”

How do you feel about the kinds of roles available to women today? Kind of dejected. There’s a lot that’s okay, but there’s little that’s really good, especially for someone my age. Sometimes you find out that something you really liked is going to someone 10 years younger. I find it heartening that Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock have been able to find and create amazing projects.

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  • Luiza

    She looks fine.

  • ;)

    who cares about her? she is annoying and needs to get lost already!

  • Nic

    Beautiful, and a good actress, a star who has class, and style. Oh and another cover for her? Hahah she has rocked this year on all these amazing covers she has scored!

  • yves

    Is that a wig?

  • oasis

    Her and Sandra Bullock look the same age.

  • Sweet Pea

    She’s not on the cover. Kate Hudson is.

  • tey

    bitter much? she does not get the roles because she does not sell! hello?! angelina jolie?! now, that woman rakes in all the $$$$$$

  • M

    the only difference between her having a casting couch experience and any other girl is that she had influential father, Steven Spielberg as godfather and some other connections I couldn’t bother to remember

  • Nicky

    @oasis: Sandra looks great. Gwynnie, without photoshop, not so much.

  • whatever

    @tey: Agree, she’s not a bad actress but she can’t headline a film. Not many can unfortunately.

  • Seriously?

    @yves: Is that a woman?

  • Free People

    There is a lot of competition and despite that Oscar from a long time ago she doesn’t seem to be on a first look list for scripts. So, she doesn’t get as many quality roles. She should thank Jon Favreau for reviving her career with Iron Man. She was pretty much off the radar before then.

  • mickey

    ugly chick

  • luke

    thought she fu*ked with harvey weinstein for shakespear in love!

  • Brightside

    I cannot look at her without thinking the words ‘a whacked out goopster’. She’s barely connected to reality. She lives in the narrow recesses of her own tiny mind.

  • repeat

    @luke: I hope not but it wouldn’t surprise me.


    Jennifer Aniston does


    Jennife Aniston has been able to find and create projects with $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  • Farmer Ted

    Nice legs. Shame about the horse face.

  • Movie Watcher

    Paltrow does not put butts in seats so she still has to take ingenue roles. Her peer group is pretty competitive too. Lots of talented actresses who outshine her. Winning the Oscar so young didn’t do her much good.

  • YUCK…


  • YUCK…


  • jazzy

    She has nice thick hair but the bob cut suits her better. Longer hair imbalances her face and makes her look like The Lion King.

  • Mac N Cheese

    Jan Brady 2.0

  • kaching$

    @Seriously?: No, it’s a dude in a wig.

  • Priscilla

    It’s not like she is 45. Thirties are usually the height of other actresses’ careers. Hello, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly, Drew Barrymore, Reese Witherspoon etc.. don’t seem to be suffering for roles much.

  • mailey

    sandra bullock is pretty but looks her age – old. older.
    gwynnie is pretty in that picture.

  • rhonda

    the thumbs don’t work, why bother if you have to manipulate them, just saying

  • Ain’t I A Woman?

    She’s very pretty, but, ladies, don’t sell yourselves short. ALL women have great legs in 5 inch heels. When Gwyneth is wearing flats, her legs are average. No, that’s not a bad thing, but don’t think you’re less fit or sexy than she is.

  • Blondes have more fun

    I don’t think that’s her own hair. In pictures recently it’s incredibly thin.

  • Onyx

    She’s a rather plain woman with good legs. I think her hair looks better here because it was starting to look pretty limp recently. When it’s not professionally styled, she doesn’t seem to know what to do with it.

  • Luiza

    I do not understand why she had won the Oscar for Best Actress for Shakespeare in Love …Fernanda Montenegro should have won

  • Cheyenne

    I like her and can’t understand why every time a celeb gives an interview, narrow minded people flock to their thread and sprew their contempt and dislike for them. Don’t like her, fine stay the heck away from anything pertaining to her. Problem solved. For those who can’t tear themselves away, knock yourselves out, if it makes you happy.

  • jayjay

    @luke: I’m pretty sure she did the other day on the Awful Truth someone asked Ted if the casting couch had ever resulted in an oscar win. His answer was yes and think pink.

  • Rattlesnake

    … she is lucky to have worked in film at all …. and all she wants is more more more…. how noble of her …

  • LuckyL

    She’s so f*cking dull. She looks like Ann Coulter.

  • Green Tea
  • nakedoldjennifer

    someone should jennifer anniston the casting couch question, she has probably lost count – she just enters the meeting and assumes the position

  • guinness

    wow. her hair looks thick here. so forget about compromising your morals for sex, how about compromising your shallowness to get a fake photo shoot(ie, dress as you wouldn’t dress normally) so as to get good jobs given to the younger crowd. stop whining and look for it? oh, what a tragedy to get hit on when you are hot. pulleeze. kick the guy in the head and tell on him.

  • DarkEmpress


    I think you are missing the point. NO ONE should be put in that position where they have to do sexual favours for work!!!! It doesnt matter who she knows in hollywood as a human being it would still make you feel horrible!

  • Yves

    ‘I could see how someone who didn’t know better might worry, “My career will be ruined if I don’t give this guy a blow job!”

  • http://Soph Soph

    @Luiza: Parabens! brasileira moca Luiza, fernanda montenegro muito muito maravilhosa Linda brasileira actriz pra filme centro do brazil de walter salles (1999) Vai brasil!!!!! From french woman who lives half in France half in brasil and learn brazilian language step by step