in their own words: gwyneth paltrow

As featured in US InStyle magazine, January 2011

{words & images via InStyle}

on her role as a country singer in Country Strong: “I’ve never prepared for anything more in my life. It was a big responsibility. There was studying with an accent coach, learning to play guitar, and of course the singing. My voice didn’t have any power or strength to it at all, and I wanted to try to sing properly. And I was so nervous about performing live scenes in the film because that’s so foreign to me.”
on performing with Jay-Z: “I got onstage with him at the Royal Albert Hall. I stood in the back and sang with him. That was the night of my 34th birthday, and I drank a bunch of Champagne before going on just to get through it. It was also before I had any singing lessons or training. I was so nervous, but that was just for fun. But I’m glad I did it.”
on her comfort zone: “Film for me feels most like my job because I’ve been doing movies for 20 years. I’m good at it, and I love it. When something is artistically challenging, it’s incredibly satisfying. But I think I feel the most exhilarated by the newer stuff.”
on a typical Saturday night: “Last Saturday night I made turkey meatballs and we all had dinner together, then put the kids to bed and watched a movie on Apple TV. We always go out one night of the weekend because it’s nice for me to get out of the house. I cook so much during the week, it’s nice for me to have a break and eat something that I don’t make, like sashimi or Indian food.”

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