They say to stay relevant, you've got to change with the tide--but this is ridiculous. In the past few years, Gwyenth Paltrow's gone from Oscar winner to slow jams crooner, to macrobiotic spokesperson, to Mario Batalli apprentice, to uber-posh lifestyle editrix, to...what's this? Country star. At last night's Country Music Awards, she strummed a guitar and sang a song from her upcoming movie, "Country Strong." And really, she wasn't bad. But like the rest of her ventures, it was missing heart. And with a country song, that's the number one ingredient.
Now there's nothing wrong with trying new things, but Paltrow's got a problem with follow through. She tends to start a lot of things and then lose interest before they ever get good. Wasn't the Goop email supposed to develop into a larger brand? What was that gym she was talking about starting? And didn't she want to do a cookbook or something?
Getty Images Entertainment: Rick DiamondFor a superstar who calls Madonna her bestie, and a mansion her home, her crisis of interests is one of the most relatable things about her. Who hasn't had a great idea they've dropped once it seemed insurmountable? Or started a project they quit once they realized how much time it would take to complete? Or finished something and decided never, ever to do anything like it again?
In many ways, that's part of the process of self-discovery. You have to ask yourself what's really important and what sacrifices you'll make for it. Then, when you find something you really like, you stick with it. Therein lines the difference between humans and Gwyneth. She has an idea, and thanks to a cast of professionals, it's immediately executed. Then it's on to the next project. As a result, she seems to constantly be reinventing her career, with only medium levels of passion and interest.
Anyone who's read her Goops regularly (I'll admit it) can get the sense someone else has taken over her pet project. It's now a lot of slapped on Q&A's with famous people who have publicists. Not that it was ever cutting edge journalism, but at least there was room for improvement. Now it's taken a backseat to her latest hobby, music.
It's almost as if she's still figuring out what she wants to be when she grows up. That's something a lot of can relate too. What's different is that she actually gets the chance to try on those careers for size. With so many options, it's no wonder nothing fits.
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