Lunchtime poll: Is there any celeb as loved, hated, and love-to-hated as Gwyneth?
I think not.
For my upcoming book, Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me, I set out to adopt the lifestyles of the celebrities I most admired. I tried to emulate Jennifer Aniston’s workout routine (I want those legs!), Jennifer Garner’s marriage, Sarah Jessica Parker’s style, Tine Fey’s work ethic, and more. Armed with My Father’s Daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow’s first cookbook, I also tried to achieve Gwynnie’s kitchen prowess. There were some hiccups (cleanses are not my friend) but overall I thought it went pretty well. I mean, I roasted a duck. So there.
Of all the celebrities I write about, Gwyneth is definitely the most controversial. Some people adore her. Her website Goop.com, has more than a million subscribers and her more recent cookbook, It’s All Good, debuted at number 1 on the New York Times Bestsellers List. My BFF Mindy is trying to cook all of Gwyneth’s recipes in an attempt at self-improvement.
Other people hate her. Hate. Her. A reporter once told me Gwyneth should be “outlawed.” Websites write about her most irritating quotes and then more irritating quotes. And of course we all had a field day with the now infamous uncoupling.
I go back and forth. Do I think it’s absurdly out of touch to recommend that us regular women buy a $90 white T-shirt? Of course. But do I still subscribe to Goop? Of course of course.
I’m trying to think if there is any celebrity who inspires as much simultaneous rage and admiration as our Gwyneth. (This is someone who was named People’s Most Beautiful Woman and Star’s Most Hated Celebrity in the same week.) Maybe Beyonce, but I think we all mostly love her, no? I’ve heard conflicting reactions to Jennifer Garner but how can you not want to go to lunch with this lady? Jennifer Lopez? I just don’t know.
You tell me: Love Gwyneth? Hate her? Is there anyone else nearly as polarizing?
5 responses to “Is Gwyneth Paltrow the Most Divisive Celebrity?”
she is lovely
I love/hate Gwyneth Paltrow. She is beautiful, talented and I’m quite envious of her lifestyle; however, she also seems quite smug which makes me dislike her. I probably lean more towards disliking her but I also seek her out in movies, television appearances, etc. AHH!
I seriously admire her talent as an actress. But her recent “uncoupling” joke has lost her a whole load of street cred in my books. Not the divorce so much as the smugly “new age” spin on it. Please, spare us. There is nothing chic about divorce.
I have no issue with her. I’d rather focus on my life than get wrapped around the axel about someone else’s.