Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Gwyneth Paltrow

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Gwyneth Paltrow

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Lesbians of the world, what gives? Gwyneth Paltrow says she was never hit on by a woman, even at Vassar, where "everyone became a lesbian, at least for a year.... It just never happened," says Paltrow, who's married to Coldplay's Chris Martin, "even though I've been around lesbians and gays my whole life. I mean, I grew up in the theater!" At least she's using her background. Having won an Oscar for Shakespeare in Love, Pattrow could snag another for her work in the new film adaptation of the hit play Proof.

Have you at least played a lesbian?

No, but I have to. My cousin [Katherine Moennig] is on The L Word, so maybe I could get it in there.

You did do a little cross-dressing in Shakespeare in Love.

That's true. I had this beanbag that I put in my shorts so I would know what it feels like to have a pee-pee.

How big a beanbag are we talking here?

It wasn't that impressive. It was just a regular old beanbag. But it was very helpful.

You play a mathematician's daughter who struggles with her sanity in Proof, a role you also played on the London stage.

What appealed to you about the role?

It's so juicy and complicated. In Hollywood these clays everything is like a comic book, so when you read something challenging and smart like Proof, it's like a miracle. And there were lots of parallels to my own life. I was doing it after my father had died, and I was playing a girl whose father had died.

You were pregnant with your daughter, Apple, while you were shooting. …

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