Gwyneth Paltrow ‘Humbly Happy’ About Saving Woman’s Life on 9/11

Taryn Ryder | September 6, 2011 - 6:20 pm

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While at the Venice Film Festival promoting Contagion, Gwyneth Paltrow talked about how she learned of the woman who says that G saved her life on 9/11.

“Basically, what happened was I had gone to a yoga class very early,” said Paltrow. “I was on the way home and it was the morning of September 11 — not that I knew at the time what that meant — and a girl was jaywalking across the street and we kind of both stopped at the same time and waited a really long time.”

Paltrow continued to say they both did a start-then-stop type thing before laughing, and the woman went on her way.

“Ten years later I got a letter from her saying that she had been late for work and we had that thing and she went down to the Christopher Street station to catch her train to go down to the World Trade Center where she worked on the 77th floor of the South Tower and the train was just pulling out,” said Gwyneth.

“So had we not had that interaction she feels like her life would’ve taken a much different course. She called it her ‘Sliding Doors moment’. It was an extraordinary story and all I could think about is all of the people who had experiences like that that day, but aren’t able to reach out because it wasn’t a recognizable person,” said the Oscar winner.

Added G:

“She saw it was me so she was able to get me a message, but I think a lot of fates were changed that day obviously and I am very humbly happy to be a part in her story.”