Paltrow’s coming forward with her sexual harassment
allegation against Harvey
Weinstein helped open the floodgates — and, looking
back, the actress and entrepreneur is proud to have played a
small part in this powerful #MeToo
“I think it’s incredible what’s happening,” Paltrow, 45, told
CNBC in a new interview. “This is long overdue.
There’s been this incredible confluence of events that’s really
led to women coming together and feeling safe in numbers to
come forward and talk about their experiences across all
Infinity War actress, a mom of two, said her daughter,
Apple Martin, played a part in her decision to speak out to
the New York Times last month about the
harassment she faced from the movie producer when she was a
22-year-old working on the Miramax film Emma.
“It’s my hope that this is the beginning of something important
and different and that my daughter, when she goes into the
workplace, won’t experience what you, presumably you, and I and
millions of other women have had to endure. And so it feels
important, and I’m happy that I have played a small part in
As for advice she’d give young, aspiring actresses, Paltrow
said that they should be in it for the right reasons.
“It’s difficult because I think a lot of people are drawn to
this industry because they are looking to find wholeness
through fame,” she said. “If that’s why you’re here, then
don’t. The only reason to do this is if you have an incredible
burning desire to channel creativity and to really be an
artist. … I think the culture we are living in now is rewarding
cheap fame, and I think that a lot of people think the industry
is a way to do that.”
Gwyneth Paltrow with Harvey Weinstein at the 50th Anniversary
Gala of the National Film Theatre in London in 2002. (Photo:
Dave Benett/Getty Images)
But Paltrow has high hopes for the future — largely because of
what she’s seen from her daughter and her peers.
“I’m very heartened by what I see in my daughter’s generation,”
she said. “These girls are kick-ass. They are strong. They know
themselves. They are very protective of their physical space.
They’re not like I was at 13. They’ve very sure-footed. They’re
thinking big. I think something really interesting is coming in
the next generation. I think these girls are amazing.”
Following the Times’ initial report on
Weinstein’s decades of harassment of women, Paltrow shared her
experience in an article that also included claims made by
Jolie. “I was a kid, I was signed up, I was
petrified,” said the actress, who is the daughter of Blythe
Danner and the late Bruce Paltrow.
Since then, more than 70 women have come forward to share
stories of misconduct related to the moviemaker. That led to
women — both in the industry and outside of it — sharing their
stories in a campaign with the hashtag #MeToo. Some 300-plus
women have come forward with allegations about director
James Toback. This week, director Brett
Ratner was accused of misconduct by several women.
Allegations have also been made against actor Kevin
Spacey, who reportedly acted inappropriately with men, some
of whom were underage.
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