After years of successfully pretending to be a woman who's into dudes with Van Dykes, Gwyneth Paltrow is now branching out, acting-wise. Sort of. In Netflix's The Politician, Paltrow plays an upper-class woman who can't speak two sentences without sounding like a fake Sylvia Plath quote. But why pretend when you can just be? (This is, incidentally, something that both Paltrow and her character would say.)
In a recent interview with Variety, Paltrow's Politician co-star Ben Platt described acting opposite her as quite the rush ... in that she rushes through every scene because she "doesn't have time," what with her many other projects. Paltrow apparently doesn't the hide the fact that she only took the role because her husband, the show's co-creator Brad Falchuck, begged her to do so. So she won't let the Netflix show get in the way of her various ventures -- specifically the one wherein she peddles vaginal pebbles and vegan deodorant through her third-wife blog Goop. And that apparently means only doing a handful of takes, refusing lengthy monologues, and wrangling an on-set meeting with Goop staffers to talk about their upcoming fall line of aspirational toddler wear.
But being one step away from just wearing an earpiece or telling Platt to have her lines written on his back probably has more to do with Paltrow's other big passion: letting people know she's totally over acting. She hasn't been in anything but Marvel movies for the past half decade. And in recent months, Paltrow has been dropping not-so-subtle hints that the chakra crystal that oxygenates her heart is not in it anymore. That includes not bothering to know which Marvel movies she stars in, and downright forgetting the names and faces of actors she has been on set with. So at least us folk who don't read Goop finally have something in common with Paltrow: We'd prefer that she just stick with Goop full-time.
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