Gwyneth Paltrow says Weinstein scandal 'long overdue'

Gwyneth Paltrow’s coming forward with her sexual harassment allegation against Harvey Weinstein helped open the floodgates — and, looking back, the actress and entrepreneur is proud to have played a small part in this powerful #MeToo movement.

“I think it’s incredible what’s happening,” Paltrow, 45, told CNBC in a new interview. “This is long overdue. There’s been this incredible confluence of events that’s really led to women coming together and feeling safe in numbers to come forward and talk about their experiences across all different industries.”

Gwyneth Paltrow seen with Harvey Weinstein, The 50th Anniversary Gala Of The National Film Theatre, At The National Film Theatre, in London, 2002. Source: Getty

The Avengers: Infinity War actress, a mum of two, said her daughter, Apple Martin, played a part in her decision to speak out to the New York Times last month about the harassment she faced from the movie producer when she was a 22-year-old working on the Miramax film Emma.

“It’s my hope that this is the beginning of something important and different and that my daughter, when she goes into the workplace, won’t experience what you, presumably you, and I and millions of other women have had to endure. And so it feels important, and I’m happy that I have played a small part in it.”

As for advice she’d give young, aspiring actresses, Paltrow said that they should be in it for the right reasons.

“It’s difficult because I think a lot of people are drawn to this industry because they are looking to find wholeness through fame,” she said. “If that’s why you’re here, then don’t.

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends the UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital's Kaleidoscope 5 at 3LABS on May 6, 2017 in Culver City, California. Source: Getty

The only reason to do this is if you have an incredible burning desire to channel creativity and to really be an artist. … I think the culture we are living in now is rewarding cheap fame, and I think that a lot of people think the industry is a way to do that.”

Gwyneth Paltrow’s coming forward with her sexual harassment allegation against Harvey Weinstein helped open the floodgates — and, looking back, the actress and entrepreneur is proud to have played a small part in this powerful #MeToo movement.

“I think it’s incredible what’s happening,” Paltrow, 45, told CNBC in a new interview. “This is long overdue. There’s been this incredible confluence of events that’s really led to women coming together and feeling safe in numbers to come forward and talk about their experiences across all different industries.”

The Avengers: Infinity War actress, a mum of two, said her daughter, Apple Martin, played a part in her decision to speak out to the New York Times last month about the harassment she faced from the movie producer when she was a 22-year-old working on the Miramax film Emma.

(L-R) Madonna, Harvey Weinstein and Gwyneth Paltrow attend Annual Golden Globe Awards After Party Hosted by Miramax Films at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 18, 1998 in Beverly Hills, CA. Source: Getty

“It’s my hope that this is the beginning of something important and different and that my daughter, when she goes into the workplace, won’t experience what you, presumably you, and I and millions of other women have had to endure. And so it feels important, and I’m happy that I have played a small part in it.”

As for advice she’d give young, aspiring actresses, Paltrow said that they should be in it for the right reasons.

“It’s difficult because I think a lot of people are drawn to this industry because they are looking to find wholeness through fame,” she said.

“If that’s why you’re here, then don’t. The only reason to do this is if you have an incredible burning desire to channel creativity and to really be an artist. … I think the culture we are living in now is rewarding cheap fame, and I think that a lot of people think the industry is a way to do that.”

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