For the longest time, Gwyneth Paltrow did seem like the princess of Hollywood. After all, she is considered Hollywood royalty. She was born to two famous parents who helped get her where she is today. And with a godfather like Steven Spielberg, she was basically given the golden key to Hollywood. And while there’s no doubt that she’s had her ups and downs, she’s managed to churn out quite a career for herself and has even won a few accolades along the way. And most importantly, she’s also a huge household name. Gwyneth Paltrow is a name that you just don’t forget.
But with that being said, it does seem like Gwyneth is making more headlines these days for her personal life than her actual movies on the big screen. In fact, many of her fans can’t even recall the last movie they’ve seen with her in a movie theater. She’s made appearances in a few movies here and there, but they’ve all been small roles. Otherwise, she’s just not headlining movies the same way she used to. So why is Gwyneth Paltrow so quiet these days? There are 20 possibilities and we’ve got them listed all below.
20 Her Side Project
First and foremost, Gwyneth Paltrow has managed to make a name for herself in the lifestyle and brand ambassador world. Not only has she worked with some of the biggest fashion designers and brands, but she also has her own lifestyle blog that has gotten plenty of attention over the years, Goop. In some ways, many fans and critics would agree that Goop has become more important for Gwyneth than her actual movie career. Of course, she’s never confirmed this, but at the same time, it’s pretty obvious that she’s been focusing more on her lifestyle brand than anything else in recent years.
19 Her Family Life
Now that her children Apple and Moses are much older, Gwyneth knows that they need her more than ever before. With Apple in middle school and Moses right behind her, Gwyneth wants to dedicate more time to her kids and her family life overall. But if she is working 18 hours a day on film sets, she can’t do that. That’s why she’s reshuffled a few things in her life, making her family her new priority. Sure, Gwyneth has had plenty of roles in her life. But if there’s one role that’s most important to her, it’s being a mother. She doesn’t want to let her kids down. She wants to be there for them, the same way her own parents were there for her.
18 She Might Be Taking After Her Mother
Gwyneth has mentioned so many times in her interviewers that she is grateful that her mother Blythe Danner was a stay-at-home mother who sacrificed her own career so she could raise her kids instead. Could Gwyneth simply be following in her famous mother’s footsteps right now by doing the same thing? That’s what some of her fans can’t help but wonder. Gwyneth even said that her mother had what it took to become a huge screen star of her generation. But she chose her family life instead. Gwyneth sees this, and that might be the reason why she’s stepped back from the spotlight.
17 Her Books
Gwyneth Paltrow has sure been keeping busy in the last few years. Not only does she juggle her home life with her career, but she’s also managed to release a few bestselling books, too. Gwyneth Paltrow is a successful author who wants her fans and readers to live their best lives. Say what you will about Gwyneth Paltrow and her on screen talents, but she’s got more books than you can count. From Notes From My Kitchen, It’s All Good, and her new The Clean Plate series, you would think that Gwyneth was starting her own library. Actually, that doesn’t sound like a bad idea at all. She might be on to something!
16 Her Goop Brand Is More Important
For Gwyneth Paltrow, Goop is everything. Sure, the site has as many critics as it does fans, but that hasn’t stopped her from treating it like her third child. She knows that a lot of people take her advice quite seriously and want to eat, dress, shop, and even do yoga just like her. Sure, Goop might not be for everyone (as the clothes and accessories are quite pricey, mind you), but it is a site that has people talking. And at the end of the day, that’s what matters most – especially for a smart businesswoman like Gwyneth Paltrow. Right?
15 She’s Working In Television Now
Gwyneth might be doing what everyone else in the A-list crowd is doing and that’s making the reverse jump from the big screen to the small screen. Everyone knows that online streaming services like Netflix are hot right now, and that’s why she’s jumping on the TV bandwagon. While she doesn’t have any movies in the pipeline, she does have a television series called The Politician in the works. The plot is described as “A comedy centering on a wealthy young man from Santa Barbara with political aspirations.” We don’t know about you, but it sounds very intriguing to us!
14 She’s Planning A Wedding
Gwyneth Paltrow is working on the next step of her life, and that’s her second marriage to her fiancé Brad Falchuk. Her first one to Chris Martin ended in divorce. Luckily, the two have managed to remain as friends for the sake of their two children, Apple and Moses. Gwyneth told Sunday Times, "Now, for the first time, I feel I’m in an adult relationship that is sometimes uncomfortable because he sort of demands a certain level of [...] communication that I haven’t been held to before."
13 She’s Also Working On New Designs
According to new reports, Gwyneth Paltrow is working on moving in to your living room. And by that we mean, through her new designs. That’s right: she is launching her first home collection with CB2, which means fans will be seeing more of Gwyneth Paltrow’s name all throughout their home accessories, furniture, carpets, décor and more. In other words, Gwyneth Paltrow is going to be everywhere, whether her critics like it or not. Her fans will definitely be pleased, though! They are the ones who are most likely looking forward to seeing her hot new designs and purchasing her pieces, of course.
12 She Realizes That She’s Done All She Could
Gwyneth might be thinking to herself that she’s done all that she could at this point in her life. That’s why she’s stepping back. She’s also focusing on other aspects in her life and working on more important things, like family and love. “I’m actually a pretty good friend and a good sister and a daughter and a mother but I am at my potentially most vulnerable [...] in the romantic slice of the pie,” Paltrow said, according to E! News. “So it’s taken me a lot of work to get to the place where I have a good romantic relationship.”
11 There’s A New Crop In Hollywood
Let’s face it: there’s a new crop in Hollywood. And there are only so many movies that you can star in before even your biggest fans can say, “Enough already.” Everyone wants to see new faces, new talent, new people. Gwyneth might have quietly realized this, without saying it. She knows it’s time to step back and let other people have the spotlight in their lives. Gwyneth is also a realist. She even had this to say so many years ago: “Beauty fades! I just turned 29, so I probably don't have that many good years left in me.”
10 She’s Taking Care Of Herself
If there is one thing that Gwyneth Paltrow is very good at, it’s taking care of herself and putting herself as a priority in her life. Her health has always been very important to her and she’s very honest about it. In fact, she maintains a healthy lifestyle everywhere she goes. She wrote in Goop.com, “I was sort of pushing this can of processed protein food directly into his stomach. And I remember thinking, ‘Really? Is this really healing? There’s a bunch of chemicals in this.’ It was the first time I contemplated [the idea] that you could have autonomy over your own health.”
9 She Has Her Oscar
Gwyneth Paltrow doesn’t have anything to prove to anyone. After all, she did win her coveted Oscar very early in her career. Everyone remembers the pink dress, the tears, and all of the happiness when Gwyneth won Best Actress for her role in Shakespeare in Love. That was a career defining moment for her in so many ways imaginable. With that being said, she might feel as though she doesn’t have to work as hard as some other actresses simply because she’s achieved all that she sought out to achieve in the business. And that’s something a lot of Hollywood actresses can’t say for themselves.
8 She’s Found Her Peace
Another reason why we might not be seeing so much of Gwyneth lately is because she might have found her peace. In other words, if you love yourself and the person you’ve become, why bother worrying about what other people think of you? Now, we don’t know for sure, but there’s a very good chance that might be Gwyneth’s mantra. At least, that’s what we hope. She once wrote in Goop.com, “You can only be a perfectionist if you think, erroneously, that there’s a finish line in life. I try to succeed and fail all the time in all kinds of ways.”
7 She Wants To Spend More Time With Her Kids
We’ve said this before and we will say it again: Gwyneth Paltrow might have just reshuffled some of the priorities in her life. As a full-time mom, she can’t be on the set of a movie for 18 hours a day and help her kids with their homework at the same time. Luckily though, they are mature enough to know what the celebrity world is all about. She once told The Edit, “My kids can handle [fame]. They know their lives are extraordinary. And girls today are allowed to be anything; they’re self-possessed, confident, they like themselves. In Apple’s peer group, I don’t see the insecurity I saw at that age.”
6 She’s Done With The Hollywood Crowd
There’s also the possibility that Gwyneth Paltrow is done with the Hollywood crowd and keeping up with the Joneses, so to speak. She’s got her tight circle of good friends, and that’s all she needs. She told Women’s Health, “When someone doesn’t like something you do, or doesn’t share your interest in something, that doesn’t have anything to do with you. It’s a blessing to be liberated from the chains of other people’s perceptions of you. It’s part of wellness, working at that. I’ve gotten to a point where I like myself. I do my best as a person. I also have nothing to hide.”
5 And Might Be Thinking Of Retirement, Just Like Cameron Diaz
But then again, Gwyneth might also be thinking about retirement, just like her good pal, Cameron Diaz, but just doesn’t want to say it out loud (and neither has Cameron). After all, it’s not like she’s the kind of actress that has to beg movie producers or directors for roles. She’s far from that stage in her life. If someone wants her, they will find a way to contact her, one way or another. Otherwise, Gwyneth doesn’t want to bother chasing fame, red carpets, or the press anymore. It’s far more comfortable sitting at home than being at another press junket.
4 Or Simply Just Wants To Focus On Her Marriage
Gwyneth Paltrow is currently planning her wedding to her fiancé Brad Falchuk. That in itself can feel like a full-time job. She also wants to focus on her marriage and simply being happy in her life. What more could she ask for? She’s got everything she’s always wanted. Gwyneth told Us Weekly, “I think that there’s something really beautiful about marriage. And I think that Brad is somebody who’s extremely…he’s really intelligent and he’s very emotionally intelligent. I think he’s a really good person to try this with, ya know, he’s very self-aware. He’s got a lot of emotional maturity.”
3 She Just Wants To Be Left Alone
Then again, Gwyneth Paltrow might just want to be left alone. For some people it might be hard to believe, but Gwyneth even admits to it herself. About her nightly bath time routine, she told People that she likes to “daydream and not be on [my phone]. It’s non-negotiable. It’s just like, I do it every night. My kids are welcome to come in and chat with me if they need to—it’s not like I’m in a meditation or something. But I just need that time and so I just take it. It’s really the only time I take for myself every single day regardless of what is going on.”
2 She Doesn’t Need The Pressure Or Stress
Last but not least, Gwyneth Paltrow might simply want to be just left alone in her life. She even admits that she’s had a fantastic run so far. She once told The Edit, “I’ve had an extraordinary life, where things have happened in a huge way – huge success, huge joy, huge pain, huge loss. And the reason I feel happy today is because I’ve milked [...] every opportunity. I haven’t made one mistake that I haven’t used as a stepping stone to get somewhere else. I’m ruthless when it comes to using the hard things.” Watch this space.
1 She’s Simply Got One Foot Out The Door
Now, no one knows what Gwyneth Paltrow has in store for her future or if she plans on making a comeback to the big screen. But one thing is for certain: we will continue hearing her name and seeing it pop up in the headlines, one way or another. She’s not going anywhere, anytime soon. After all, if there is one person that you can call Hollywood royalty, it’s Gwyneth Paltrow. She’s the ultimate princess of every party she goes to, whether other people agree or not. There’s only one Gwyneth Paltrow in this world, and she is definitely one of a kind.