Gwyneth Paltrow sees herself as a businessperson, not a Hollywood star. The Goop founder sat down with The New York Times and discussed how she’s found her calling as an lifestyle entrepreneur … and why she thinks psychedelic drugs are the future of medicine.


“I was masquerading as an actor,” she says, adding that her actress mother Blythe Danner told her not to follow in her footsteps.

“She always said, ‘Oh, please don’t be an actress,’ ” Paltrow says of her mom. “She was pleading with me to leverage my intellectual self more than my artistic self, and I think she was just trying to protect me from a lot of rejection. It can be a heartbreaking career.”

Paltrow did end up enjoying epic success, eventually wining an Oscar for her role in 1998’s Shakespeare in Love.


She says that while people still tend to dismiss strong female leaders, she says being a fully engaged CEO in charge of Goop, especially after the death of her powerful producer father Bruce Paltrow in 2002, has helped her denounce those who dismiss her. Still, Paltrow credits her father’s example for the way she leads.

Paltrow says: “My dad was a benevolent, tough Jewish boss. He was very loved for the most part, and he gave me a template for how one leads, consciously or unconsciously.”


The 46-year-old, who has been notably ahead of the curve on the whole gluten-free, conscious uncoupling thing (though has also launched a few bloopers like the hormone-regularing improving vaginal egg), when asked what she thought the future of medicine would be, had this to say: I think how psychedelics affect health and mental health and addiction will come more into the mainstream.”

Paltrow continued: “I mean there’s undeniably some link between being in that state and being connected to some other universal cosmic something.”