ENTRTNMNT Happy Birthday, Gwyneth Paltrow! Kelley Lonergan

I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again: Gwyneth Paltrow is my spirit animal.

Liking Gwyneth Paltrow is like liking that song. You know, that song: it’s always on the radio, it’s always in your face, it’s massively popular, everyone knows it, everyone hates it and no one will admit to having it in their iTunes, even though they all do.  Well, I can’t keep it inside anymore: I LOVE GWYNETH. (But still, shhhh, don’t tell anybody.)

GP is my guilty pleasure. Criticize her all you want, but she’s still going to be nearly perfect. Seriously, this woman is a powerhouse – a powerhouse that most people, including myself, have yet to truly understand. She’s an actress, a singer, a blogger, a cook, a published author, a mother and probably a bazillion other things she is keeping a secret. She’s a rockstar married to another rockstar. (Her kids call Jay-Z “Uncle Jay”. How cool is that?)


So, on her birthday, I’d like to share three of my favorite things about Gwynnie:

Her name.

All throughout high school, I had an obsession with the name Gwyneth. It seemed so beautiful, so tragic and I wanted it. I also loved the name Blythe, Gwyneth’s mother’s name. And now Apple! Awesome names are in these girls’ genes. I have loved the name Apple ever since Jim Henson’s The Christmas Toy. (D0es anyone else remember Rugby the Tiger?) People didn’t agree with the name choice and I admit, I was one of them, but only because she beat me to it!

Her voice.

I’m not really into the show, but I recorded the episode of Glee with Gwyneth Paltrow. I watched it, downloaded her Cee-Lo cover off  iTunes, and then listened to her song on repeat for days. I couldn’t help myself. Remember her Grammy’s appearance? Ugh, when she belted out ‘Forget You’ on top of that piano? And she totally upstaged Cee-Lo’s Aztecan peacock costume with her heels and earrings alone.

Her blog.

GOOP is in my bookmarks and I check the site every Thursday for updates. My personal favorite is the GO section for restaurant recommendations. When I’m in NYC looking for a new place to eat, I ask myself, “Where would Gwyneth go?” and then I consult GOOP.  I also like the MAKE section, and the DO section… Okay, I just like GOOP.  If it weren’t for Gwyneth’s blog, I wouldn’t own a juicer, I wouldn’t have (unopened) Tracy Anderson DVDs on my living room floor and I most definitely wouldn’t know how to use the word detox correctly in a sentence. If it’s on GOOP, I’m totally down.

Love her or hate her, Gwyneth will be Gwyneth. So, here’s to you, GP! Happy birthday!!

Image credits: Gwyneth Paltrow Online.


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  1. I go back and forth on liking/disliking GP, but I LOVE The Christmas Toy. Would spend hours upon hours watching it with my little brother.

  2. I love Gwyneth, and I am not ashamed to admit it. :) Happy birthday to GP!

  3. Happy birthday, Gwyneth! May your work continue to entertain us, and your blog to recommend us stuff we can’t afford.
    PS: I’m an outed fan as well. Gwinnie will always have a place in my heart for her loud acting and bizarre suggestions on Goop.

  4. I very openly love Gwenyth as well! I think people who hate her also hate cilantro, and frankly, I have no need for them in my life.

  5. Why does everyone to pretend to hate GP? She’s sorta what we all want to be…

  6. I love Gwyneth too! And I love The Christmas Toy. I bought it so my almost 3 year old could watch it and now she loves it too. :)

  7. I loved her in Sliding Doors!

  8. We share birthdays! :)

  9. i’m happy to admit that i also (not to secretly, i s’pose) love gwyneth too! happy birthday!