This week’s shocker was, without a doubt, Gwyneth Paltrow’s announcement that she and Chris Martin had agreed to a “conscious uncoupling,” which is just fancy-talk for “divorce.” An interview she gave just before the surprise announcement is now coming back to haunt her – because she says it’s much harder for her to be a mom than for a woman who keeps a 9-to-5 office job.
Gwyneth, as an accomplished actress as she is, is having a very hard time to come across as relatable, no matter how hard she tries. And trust us, try she does – desperately so.
The interview in question is on the topic of her plans for the following year. Gwyneth says she just wrapped a new Johnny Depp movie, which means that she will probably be taking some time off to be with her two children more and handle other projects.
Like other A-listers, Gwyneth too has a rule she never breaks: she never does more than one movie per year because she feels that, if she worked more, she would be neglecting sons Apple and Moses too much, because she would be away on location for too many months in a row.
Not that it’s easy for her as it is, she continues. In fact, if Paltrow were to compare her life to that of a mother who works a 9-to-5 office job – which she does, of course – she would say that the other woman has it much easier.
“It’s much harder for me. I feel like I set it up in a way that makes it difficult because… for me, like if I miss a school run, they are like, ‘Where were you?’ I don’t like to be the lead so I don’t [have] to work every day, you know, I have little things that I like and obviously I want it to be good and challenging and interesting and be with good people and that kind of thing,” the star says for E! News.
“I think it’s different when you have an office job, because it’s routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening. When you’re shooting a movie, they’re like, ‘We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,’ and then you work 14 hours a day and that part of it is very difficult. I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it’s not like being on set,” Paltrow continues.
So all you mothers out there and women thinking to become mothers soon, working an office job, take it from Gwyneth: you have no idea how lucky you are, because you don’t have to work 14-hour days and you can afford to miss school runs, and you definitely can do all the stuff you have to do in the morning (because, hello, routine!) and, more importantly, you don’t have to go to Wisconsin for 2 whole weeks. Wisconsin, can you imagine?
Meanwhile, she has to shoot movies! The mind boggles.
All jokes aside, this is exactly why Paltrow isn’t relatable. As we speak, mothers from all over the world, not just those from the US, who, realistically speaking, would get to Wisconsin quicker, are lashing out at Paltrow for even daring to compare her life to theirs to say that hers is more difficult, more challenging, almost impossible to imagine.
This open letter published in the New York Post says it best.