Gwyneth Paltrow’s Oscar Statuette Finds a Unique Purpose. In a recent interview with Vogue’s “73 Questions” video series, Gwyneth Paltrow, the 51-year-old actress, shared an unconventional use for her Academy Award. The Oscar, which she earned in 1998 for her role in “Shakespeare in Love,” has found itself serving as a doorstop in her Hamptons home.
During the interview, filmed over the summer, Paltrow took the interviewer, Joe Sabia, on a tour of her garden. As they passed through a doorway, the camera captured her Oscar casually propping open a door. Sabia couldn’t help but comment on the sight, saying, “What a beautiful Academy Award.”
Paltrow, with a playful smile, responded by saying, “My doorstop. It works perfectly!” Sabia later referenced Oscar’s double duty, asking if she was using it to hold any other doors in her home, to which Paltrow humorously replied, “Not currently.”
As the interview continued, Paltrow shared insights into her career and personal preferences. When asked about her favorite movie role, she acknowledged her good fortune in having played many amazing characters over the years. However, she did reveal her favorite line of dialogue, which comes from “The Royal Tenenbaums,” when Margot says, “You probably don’t even know my middle name.”
Paltrow also shared the moment that initially ignited her interest in acting, recalling watching her mother, Blythe Danner, perform in plays at the Williamstown Theater Festival when she was very young.
When asked which of her numerous movies she would watch in its entirety, she mentioned “Emma,” the 1996 film in which she portrayed the Jane Austen heroine.
Interestingly, when questioned about what she misses most about being a leading lady in Hollywood, Paltrow’s response was unequivocal: “Nothing.”
Reflecting on her Oscar win in a previous interview in May, Paltrow revealed that it led to an unexpected “identity crisis.” She explained how her rapid rise to fame and success left her grappling with newfound attention and questions about her path forward.
While she acknowledges the significance of the award, Paltrow candidly describes the overwhelming experience and its impact on her life. Despite the challenges it brought, she remains grateful for the opportunities her career has provided.