I understand why it might sound strange to refer to Gwyneth Paltrow as “underrated”. After all, she’s one of our last real A-listers; Every move by the Goop founder devours daily headlines, regardless of whether it is a Scented vagina candle or say that she believes “Water has feelings.” Paltrow has been playing for so long, even she does Lost track how many Marvel films she starred in at the time.
But with the Goop brand claiming the majority of their attention for the past decade, it’s been a minute since Paltrow sank her teeth into a role that matches her talents. Aside from Marvel and TV projects, her last big movie was in 2015 (before: 2012). Paltrow is known more as a fabulous contactless entrepreneur now than an actress, and she seems to like that completely. Recently called that she will “literally never again” appear in any other film has Paltrow almost retired from the job that made her a star in the ’90s – which, frankly, is our loss.
While Paltrow may not be known for acting in 2021, she’s always been a natural. The daughter of actress Blythe Danner and producer Bruce Paltrow, she made an impact with small roles in Hook and Malice when she barely left high school. Then Paltrow’s high-profile relationship with Brad Pitt made her a tabloid favorite, and her roles quickly began to garner the attention it received: she worked with writers such as David Fincher (Seven) and Paul Thomas Anderson (Hard Eight) later for critical acclaim her breakout role in Emma. Harper’s Bazaar called her “Hollywood’s newest and most promising star” and Vogue made her a cover girl in August 1996. “Gwyneth is known as the actress every designer wants to dress,” Anna Wintour wrote in her letter to the editor in this issue, in which she noted that the actress was “chic, approachable, natural, kind and warm at the same time.”
Paltrow hardly felt like that. “They say I’m definitely a nineties-style lady, but at the time I thought I was just wearing minimalist things with brown lip liner and lots of powder,” she said recently told Fashion. “[My daughter] I’ll sometimes find old pictures of me on Instagram and say ‘You’re iconic, mom’ in a very bizarre way. “
In case she needs further proof, we’ve put together a tribute to some of Paltrow’s most iconic style moments in honor of her 49th birthday.