While many women, immigrants, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community worry about their future in the United States as Donald Trump and Mike Pence prepare to step into the Oval Office, Gwyneth Paltrow believes it’s actually an “exciting” time to be an American.
Not revealing exactly which candidate she voted for, the actress, who once touted that she’s “incredibly close to the common woman” despite hawking a $8,300 yurt and a $10,000 sex club membership on her Goop holiday gift guide, expressed her excitement about the election results to a crowd during an Airbnb Open conference in Los Angeles this weekend.
“It’s such an exciting time to be an American because we are at this amazing inflection point,” she shared, according to Page Six. “People are clearly tired of the status quo, and … it’s sort of like someone threw it all in the air and we’re going to see how it all lands. It’s very important for me, personally, now more than ever, to create a community and to remember the humanity of everybody and to create love and … understanding.”
Expressing empathy for “the opposition,” Paltrow added, “The most amazing thing for me about this election is I felt … ‘I don’t understand the opposition well enough at all.'”
“I’m not going to tell you what side I’m on, but my big takeaway was, ‘I really need to open my mind and understand better because I don’t,'” she said.
Though Paltrow was very vocal about supporting President Barack Obama during his two presidential campaigns, she had been noticeably quiet throughout this year’s election. While close friends like Beyoncéopenly supported Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, Paltrow seemingly remained neutral during the former Secretary of State’s campaign, only sharing that she had cast a ballot for someone by posting a photo of herself wearing her “I voted” sticker on Election Day.
Let’s just hope she wasn’t one of those people who filled in “Harambe” as their write-in vote.