The Body Beautiful
By Cristina Greeven Cuomo
Photographs by Eric Cahan
G: Back when your mom [Blythe Danner] introduced you to acting at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, did you know you were going to do this forever?
GP: I always felt that way, weirdly. I went with her every summer. I did plays, and I just loved it. I loved being around them, rehearsing. I was just a theater rat—I loved being a part of that.
G: Why was Two Lovers so fulfilling a role for you?
GP: First of all, the director [James Gray] is a proper writer/director, a real auteur. He’s so intelligent and interested in exposing truth. My character was very complicated—she was a mess. And working with Joaquin was incredible.
G: Is there a character you’d love to play but haven’t?
GP: I’d love to do [Chekhov’s] The Three Sisters; I look forward to doing Blanche DuBois [in A Streetcar Named Desire] on stage someday. I’d really like to do a musical. And I’d like to do SNL again. I liked doing that.
ON COOKING, CROONING, AND COLLABORATING
G: How did you meet Mario Batali?
GP: I met Mario from being a groupie at his restaurant Babbo! Now we do the cooking show together—they want to do the second one in Italy.
G: Do you think you’d collaborate with your husband, maybe do a duet?
GP: No, no, no, no.
G: How about Madonna?
GP: I don’t think so. I don’t think the acting/recording thing really works. Maybe if you’re an urban act, but I’m not sure it works if you’re an actor.
ON BEING A NEW YORKER
G: What were your favorite things about growing up in New York?
GP: Underage smoking on stoops of brownstones, going to museums, the seasons, and how great a school Spence was—how well they prepared me for life.
G: When you’re at your summer house in Amagansett, do you feel you can be “off duty”?
GP: I work really hard there—it’s like running an inn, in a way. We have a lot of guests, which is fantastic, but sometimes I feel so tired. At the end of the summer I got pneumonia. I think I just overextended myself.
A PROUST QUESTIONNAIRE
G: Are you a religious person?
GP: Religious no, spiritual yes.
G: What’s your idea of perfect happiness?
GP: Lying in the grass on a sunny day with my kids on top of me.
G: Is there a talent you wish you had?
GP: Being more economical with my time.
G: Do you have any heroes in your life?
GP: I have a lot—a hero to me is anyone who dedicates their life to other people and forfeits personal comfort. My parents.
G: Finally, what’s your favorite role so far?
GP: Besides motherhood? Hmm….
G: So, motherhood?
GP: Yeah, motherhood.
styling by Maria Serra@LGA
Paltrow’s makeup by Gina Kane@Caren.co.uk
Paltrow’s hair by Peter Gray
Anderson’s hair and makeup by Rachel Wood@Artistsbytimothypriano.com
Fifteen cast members, one hour to film them. We sat down with the current crop of SNL talent, and got their thoughts on SNL, potential skits for James Franco, and whether Adnan is guilty.