She may have won an Oscar aged just 26 but Gwyneth Paltrow has admitted she has never really felt comfortable with the fame her success has brought her.
The 48-year-old has been in the public eye for more than 20 years and has starred in dozens of films, including Marvel’s Iron Man franchise.
But she moved away from acting in 2017 to focus on her lifestyle brand Goop and has only appeared sporadically on screen since then.
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Speaking to Naomi Campbell for the supermodel’s No Filter web series, the mother-of-two said she began reassessing her career as she got older.
She said: “I think a lot of that also comes from the fact that I – and this is something that I think I realised later in life – actually haven’t been that comfortable being a public person or being in front of the camera even though I’ve done it for so long.
“There’s a part of me that really feels shy and doesn’t feel like I’m naturally an extrovert.
“I started doing it so young… I went for a long time before I asked myself, ‘like, do I like this job? Am I comfortable doing this? Do I want to be an actor?'”
Paltrow married TV producer Brad Falchuk in 2018. She appeared in the Netflix drama The Politician the following year, a show Falchuk co-created and joked only her husband could entice her back to acting.
She said: “Someone said ‘what is it going to take to get you acting again?’ And I said ‘I have to be f****** the writer!’
“But that’s sort of it, if my husband writes something and he wants me to do it, then I’ll do it. I could never say never. I would like to go back on stage one day, I really loved doing theatre.”
Paltrow was previously married to Coldplay star Chris Martin but the pair separated in a now-famous “conscious uncoupling” in 2014 after 10 years together.