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Interview with Gwyneth Paltrow, by Prairie Miller

For a Hollywood hottie, Gwyneth Paltrow takes a big risk in her latest movie, Shallow Hal. She turns into a fattie. For the Farrelly Brothers comedy, Gwyneth scraps the corsets and British accent and becomes the calorically challenged Rosemary. Gwyneth talks with NY Rock's Prairie Miller about the agony and ecstasy of adding and subtracting all those synthetic pounds.

NYROCK:

What exactly was it like getting so fat?

GWYNETH:

The fat suit was profoundly uncomfortable! And suffocating, because they basically crazy glue it to your face. So it took about three hours to get it on, and an hour to get it off. And getting it off was almost worse, because they had to pour this incredibly thick, sort of syrupy, stuff on you. It had the viscosity of like, I don't even know what. Maybe sort of like Vaseline, but in liquid form. And they would pour it all down in your eyes. Then there were these men with brushes, like shoving it around. Oh, it was terrible!

NYROCK:

What did they do to protect your skin from that goo?

GWYNETH:

Not much! There's really not much they can do to protect the skin. Yeah, it wasn't pretty!

NYROCK:

What was it like putting on the fat suit for the first time?

GWYNETH:

Well, I put on the suit and I went outside and walked around. It was actually very interesting, because I was really nervous about being found out. But when I walked around, nobody would even make eye contact with me. Like nobody would even look in my direction. Because I think when you get a sense of someone being slightly outside what we all consider normal, you think, oh it's polite not to look. But actually, it's incredibly isolating. And it really upset me.

NYROCK:

You're the last actress who I'd imagine would star in a Farrelly Brothers movie. Is it something you've dreamed of doing, unbeknown to the rest of us?

GWYNETH:

Well, frankly, I met Bobby Farrelly first. And he said to me, you know we really want to do a movie with you. And I thought, great! Hey, I would so love to take off the corset and de-accent, and just do something fun and different and sort of unexpected. Which is what this film is.

NYROCK:

What was it like co-starring with the zany Jack Black?

GWYNETH:

I think that Jack is incredibly hilarious. And I think he's really appealing, you know? I thought he was just so sexy. And when I watched the movie, I really thought he was sexy.

NYROCK:

What's the mystery behind his sex appeal?

GWYNETH:

Hmm.... It's a lot in his sense of humor and his brain, his kind of emotional intelligence. Jack is a really sweet, good person. Hey, he could be my leading man any day! I just adored him.

NYROCK:

Did you guys do any singing together?

GWYNETH:

Oh yeah. We always sang together on set. We would make up profane lyrics to songs that existed, and harmonize.

NYROCK:

Are you giving any serious thought to a record deal after those duets?

GWYNETH:

I was actually offered a few record deals. But I decided to stick with my day job. There's something that sort of weirds me out about actors who want to be rock stars. And the other way around too. But, no, I have no interest in doing that whole singing thing. And, you know, the belly chains. It's not my style.

NYROCK:

Will Shallow Hal be offensive to fat people?

GWYNETH:

No. I think that the film is incredibly embracing and warm. The message of Shallow Hal is that it doesn't matter if you're extremely overweight or not. Like that is a ridiculous thing that is sociologically imposed on us. That we feel it's unacceptable to be fat, when it has nothing to do with who the person actually is. I mean, I didn't feel at all that it was offensive. And I know heavy people who love the message of this film, and are glad that this is a subject that is being explored.

NYROCK:

Does that mean you don't find the Farrelly Brothers a little on the extreme side?

GWYNETH:

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Gwyneth Paltrow in Shallow Hal

  
Well, I really like their sense of humor. And I think they walk that line very gently. Like instead of poking fun at people who are overweight, they just sort of said, Hey, this is something that society feels. And we're gonna turn the whole thing upside down and try to make people not feel this way.

So the only jokes in the movie are made by an idiot, Jason Alexander's character. He's like a fool in the way that he perceives things. And he's only so obstinate about it because he has his own thing that he has an insecurity about. So Shallow Hal is about letting go of your perceptions of those kinds of things. And about being accepting of yourself and of other people. But I like making fun of myself, and taking things a little bit further.

NYROCK:

What about the self-deprecating humor of "Saturday Night Live," which you'll be doing again this month?

GWYNETH:

I say, okay, bring it on. I'll do whatever.

NYROCK:

Everyone would assume you're the opposite of the movie's character Rosemary in every way. But do you ever wrestle with any insecurities of your own, as unlikely as that may seem?

GWYNETH:

I think that when you're a person who is so kind of out there in the public eye, and people are constantly criticizing every aspect about you, that happens. Like somebody told me the other day that there was a thing in the New York Post in the Page Six column, that I was spotted somewhere, and that I'd gotten fat. So now it seems that I've gotten fat and unattractive, at least according to some guy who writes for Page Six. But if you let yourself be driven crazy by that kind of scrutiny and the things people say, you could develop insecurities about anything.

I, of course, have insecurities already, being a woman. You know, based on physical things that I wish were different, or whatever. But I have to tune that out, because people do write those things. And then you start thinking, is that really true? Am I actually fat, and have I gained weight?

NYROCK:

How do you deal with nasty gossip like that, so it doesn't bother you?

GWYNETH:

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Gwyneth Paltrow in Shallow Hal
  
To answer your question, it doesn't matter. And it shouldn't matter if I've gained weight. And it shouldn't matter if a tabloid reporter finds me less attractive because I've gained weight. I'm still the same person, and I'm a valuable person. And weight has nothing to do with it.

But I think that people, they don't know any better. It's like, I have famous friends and I read things about them sometimes and think, is that true? Are they okay, or are their feelings hurt?

People don't really understand the degree to which you can be affected by things like that. So with that tabloid stuff I start thinking, is this true, or should I be offended by it? But actually I don't really care.

NYROCK:

So is there a down side to looking like you do?

GWYNETH:

Well, you know, beauty fades! I just turned 29, so I probably don't have that many good years left in me. So there will be a down side eventually. I won't be cast as the type of females that I'm cast as now. That's why you hope that you can use your talent to keep working past that desirable female age, and that kind of thing. But for the time being, I just try to focus as much as I can on my work and what I'm supposed to do, as opposed to how I'm supposed to look.

NYROCK:

Are you saying you'll take the aging thing well?

GWYNETH:

I will.

NYROCK:

You've been amazingly frank about yourself in interviews. Does any of that candor come back to bite you? Do you ever regret being so open?

GWYNETH:

No. I say what I think, and I stand behind what I say. And I think it's a waste of time for people to be interviewed, and say things that they think other people want to hear. Or try and come off in a certain way. So I try to be as honest as I can be. And a lot of people make whatever judgments they're gonna make about that.

NYROCK:

Do you see yourself ever falling in love with someone who looks the way your character Rosemary does in Shallow Hal?

GWYNETH:

Um, I think it's possible. I once fell in love with someone who was not, you know, a leading-man type of guy. And who was overweight. He had sort of messed up teeth too. I couldn't actually ever be with him because he was with somebody else. But I fell madly in love with him. And it had nothing to do with what he looked like. It just had to do with who he was, and how he understood me.

NYROCK:

What do you think about that whole Steve Martin fantasy thing, where he talks about struggling to have a baby with you?

GWYNETH:

Oh yeah. Even though we've never had sex! I actually read about it in Talk Magazine. I think my favorite part was about Steve soaking his testicles on a bench in Central Park, or something like that. And that was the way we were gonna conceive! I do really have a soft spot for Steve Martin. And if he does want to have a baby with me.... you never know!

NYROCK:

Okay, you're on the cover of Harper's Bazaar, and the inside story quotes you as saying that you love men even though they're lying, cheating scumbags. Care to elaborate?

GWYNETH:

Um, let me preface this by saying that the interview was done by a woman that I've known since I was eleven years old. I don't remember specifically what we were talking about. Maybe I was just making a generalization about men. I do think that men can tend to lean towards that.

November 2001

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