Actress, writer, and goop-preneur Gwyneth Paltrow — who some people with internet access think is so annoying that they’re compelled to vote on it — talks to the Observer Food Monthly about her eating habits and relationship with food. She really hates how English people pronounce the word pasta, for example. Go ahead and try unlearning that, and venture into a goldmine of Gwyneth fun food facts, straight ahead, if you dare.
1.If you think any of Gwyneth Paltrow’s eating habits are annoying, at least some of it may be Leo’s fault. "He was vegetarian and he’d talk about how dirty meat is and how bad factory farming is," says Paltrow, recalling the days when she and Leonardo DiCaprio were both living in New York City. "I haven’t eaten red meat in 20 years and although Leo’s not totally responsible he definitely planted a seed."
2. If a role calls for Gwyneth Paltrow to eat food, she goes Method. "I try consciously to eat to make it real," she says, "but most of the time I’ll spit it out to avoid feeling sick." Interestingly enough, the actress is hazy about her own performance in Shallow Hal, in which she was at times required to wear a 25-pound fatsuit that was designed to make her look like a 330-pound woman. "I’m sure there must have been eating scenes," she says, "but I don’t remember that film well to be honest."
3. Gwyneth Paltrow was an exchange student when she was 15, but no one warned her about blood sausage. "I got obsessed with her morcilla, which I found out was pig’s blood sausage but not until way too late."
4. She once had a thing for tuna melts. At lunch and during free periods away from her tony girls’ prep school on the Upper East Side, Gwyneth and friends would head straight for Jackson Hole. "We mainly ate french fries there, with coffee and cigarettes — that’s what I subsisted on."
5. We’ve heard it all before, but Gwyneth Paltrow is down with artisanal Brooklyn, and Chris Martin knows it. "There’s a company in Brooklyn called Cut where this guy makes incredible knives and my husband bought me one recently," she says, referring to craftsman Joel Bukiewicz. "It’s really beautiful and incredibly sharp."
6. Don’t worry, all rules were made to be broken. Gwyneth says people think it’s "revolutionary" that she doesn’t want her kids eating Oreos ("or the English equivalent"). She’d much rather have them eat "raw milk cheese and properly raised chicken and line-caught fish," but don’t worry, she’s cool. "But I’m a realist and I have kids and I love Oreos too," she says, "so honestly I’m not rigid at all."
Gwyneth Paltrow: ‘Leonardo DiCaprio would tell me how dirty meat is. Now I haven’t eaten red meat in 20 years’ [Observer Food Monthly]
Earlier: Anne Hathaway Not the Most Hated Person in Hollywood [Cut]