“I think that when you hit the bullseye when you’re 26 years old and you’re a metrics-driven person who frankly doesn’t love acting that much, as it turns out, I was kinda like, OK,” she told Bruce Bozzi on SiriusXM. “It wasn’t like I felt like this isn’t worth doing. I sort of felt like, well, now who am I supposed to be? What am I driving towards?” (Listen to the audio clip below.)
The 48-year-old actor said her ambivalence toward her craft accelerated as her fame grew.
“Part of the shine of acting wore off, you know, being in such intense public scrutiny, being a kid who’s living every breakup on every headline, being criticized for everything you do, say and wear,” the “Shallow Hal” star said.
In 2016, Paltrow announced that she would take a step back from acting to build her lifestyle brand, Goop. Most of her big-screen work since then has come from playing Pepper Potts in Marvel movies. She also appeared in “The Politician” series on Netflix.
Her movies in which she has a leading role have made more than $1 billion at the box office worldwide, according to The Numbers, a film industry data website.
But she said success came at a cost, in part for having “a really rough boss” in the now-convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein at Miramax. After the Me Too movement exploded in 2017, she revealed Weinstein had sexually harassed her and that her then-boyfriend, Brad Pitt, had confronted the mogul.
All of the challenges she faced prompted her to reconsider her career and think, “I don’t know if this is really my calling.”