Gwyneth Paltrow Reveals She Uses Her Academy Award as a Doorstop, Sparking Criticism
Gwyneth Paltrow recently gave an interview from her Hamptons home. While answering questions, she revealed an unusual use for her 1999 Academy Award, which stirred up mixed reactions from people.
A surprise find in her garden
The 51-year-old actress participated in an interview where, in addition to answering questions, she also showed the interviewer around her house. While giving them a tour around her residence, an unexpected discovery was made in her garden: her Academy Award for Best Actress. The golden statuette was being used to prop open a door. The interviewer couldn’t help but exclaim, “What a beautiful Academy Award,” to which Paltrow humorously responded, “My doorstop! It works perfectly.”
Paltrow won the award in 1999.
Gwyneth Paltrow earned the Oscar for Best Actress in 1999 for her role in Shakespeare in Love as Viola de Lesseps, a fictional lover of the famous playwright. Her victory in this category was a remarkable achievement, considering the tough competition, which included Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Emily Watson, and Fernanda Montenegro.
Winning an Oscar turned out to be a double-edged sword for Paltrow, she admits. With it came a level of attention and scrutiny that left her disoriented and overwhelmed. Paltrow described it as an identity crisis, where she questioned her path and how to handle the newfound fame and pressure.
Her Oscar win left her feeling blue.
Paltrow noted that the energy around her shifted drastically after her Oscar win. Prior to the victory, she felt that people were rooting for her, but afterward, she sensed a significant change in the way she was perceived. This shift in public perception prompted her to become more guarded and discerning about the people she let into her life.
She received mix reactions from people after revealing the unusual use of the award.
While some people commented that perhaps other actresses who were nominated alongside Paltrow would have appreciated the Oscar more, others thought it was funny — one even added that they would do the same thing with their degree.
After the video went viral, a spokesperson for the actress clarified that she was only joking. Paltrow’s use of her Academy Award as a doorstop was all in good humor. This clarification came after she was seen retrieving the Oscar from her house in Amagansett, New York.
The actress recently also came clean about her cosmetic procedures.
When a fan asked if she had ever tried Botox in a Q&A session, Paltrow didn’t hold back and admitted to both successful and not-so-successful attempts. The actress revealed that when she turned 40, she went through a midlife crisis and got anti-wrinkle injections all over her face, which turned out to be a big mistake. She shared that she looked horrible, with one eye higher than the other. But luckily, this was just a temporary situation.
Paltrow also acknowledged using another injectable called Xeomin. This FDA-approved injectable is sometimes referred to as the “naked injectable.” The actress expressed her desire not to look younger or drastically different from herself. She also prefers rather unconventional methods when it comes to beauty. The star has admitted to steaming her private parts, drinking salty water, practicing oil pulling, and even getting stung by a thousand bees on purpose for alleged skin benefits.