Gwyneth Paltrow on Being Named ‘Most Hated Celebrity’: ‘What Did I Do?’

Back in 2013, Gwyneth Paltrow had a somewhat rocky relationship with magazines. Just weeks after being named People’s World’s Most Beautiful, she also earned the title of Most Hated Celebrity from Star Magazine. 

Now, Paltrow is finally opening up about what it was like to earn the title. During an interview with Stephen Sackur, host of BBC News’ Hard Talk, at Cannes Lion, Paltrow didn’t seem to understand how she even earned the title. “First of all, I was like, ‘I’m the most hated celebrity? More than, like,

“First of all, I was like, ‘I’m the most hated celebrity? More than, like, Chris Brown?'” she wondered. “What did I do?”

Sackur suggested that maybe Paltrow just makes people feel bad, which the actress agreed with but insisted it is never intentional. “All I can do is be my authentic self, and if you know me, then you know who I am, and that I have fun and eat and am so appreciative for my life,” she said. “But I think there are things about me that make people draw conclusions.”

The biggest conclusion? That Paltrow grew up with a “silver spoon” in her mouth and had everything handed to her, which she insists is completely false.

“My parents did well, and I was able to go to a fantastic school, and we grew up in New York City, but the minute I left my college to try to pursue acting, my father [the late producer Bruce Paltrow] was really supportive. But he said, you know, ‘You are completely on your own.’ So, he never gave me anything. I never had any supplementation, he never helped me with my rent, I never had a trust fund,” Paltrow revealed. “So the idea that I am spoiled or that I didn’t work for what I have is just not accurate, but I can see how somebody might have that perception.”

But most importantly, Paltrow wants everyone to know she doesn’t just eat “seaweed and bits of air.”

“I have never had a horrible experience with French fries,” she said. “French fries are my life!”