Gwyneth Paltrow wants you to know she once worked as a hostess in a restaurant.
In an interview with US Glamour the actress and entrepreneur was keen to stress she is a self-made woman, despite her Hollywood heritage. She told the magazine that from the age of 18, she was on her own, and broke. He parents, the actors Bruce Paltrow and Blythe Danner, refused to support her financially after she dropped out of college.
“I’ve never taken a dime off my parents. I’m completely self-made… I went to UC Santa Barbara, and when I quit to try to be an actress, my dad was like, ‘That’s great, but I’m not gonna help you.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, right.’ And he was like, ‘No, I’m not.’ So I got an apartment with a roommate; I worked as a hostess at a restaurant; I would scrounge quarters to buy Starbucks — and walk there to save gas. I remember once asking my dad for money, like, ‘Please, I’m really stuck. Can you help?’ And he said, ‘You’re more than welcome to come over for dinner.’ That was it. Those were the days. Enough to know the value of money.”
It is this life experience which prompts the 43-year-old to get on the defensive when it comes to Goop. Since its launch in 2008, the lifestyle website and online boutique has frequently come under fire for the prices of the curated items it sells, leading to widespread ridicule.
Sometimes I’ll get annoyed if someone’s like, ‘goop is so expensive.’ I’m like, ‘Have you looked at the website? Have you seen the range of price points? ’Cause we sell things that are $8. I’m like, ‘If you want to f–ck with me, bring your A-game. At least have all your information.’”