The Hollywood staple chats to Fast Company about her controversial phrase for divorce and her approach to her busy schedule

By Emily Zauzmer
Updated August 03, 2015 08:25 AM
Credit: Williams + Hirakawa shot at Smashbox Studios, Culver City, CA

But in the September issue of Fast Company, Paltrow insists that she was not aware that the now-infamous term “Conscious Uncoupling” would be the title of her online letter revealing her separation from Chris Martin.

“When I announced that I was separating on the website, [Goop editorial director Elise Loehnen] titled the piece ‘Conscious Uncoupling,’ and I had no idea,” Paltrow explains.

She has nevertheless become a vocal advocate for the process of “conscious uncoupling,” touting its benefits on Howard Stern s radio show and posting an article about the philosophy by Dr. Habib Sadeghi & Dr. Sherry Sami on her website.

When she is not popularizing esoteric nicknames for divorce, Paltrow is juggling her thriving acting career and her high-end website Goop. She spills about how she balances her divergent careers to Fast Company: “I m a big believer in the ampersand. I don t see it as I m leaving something behind. I see it as this year, I probably won t make a movie, or I probably won t do a TV show or a play, and I ll focus on the business,” Paltrow says. “It s our tendency to want to put women in one little category.”

But Paltrow is not one to fit in a category. She admits that she has taken on personal and professional challenges in her past that even she marvels at now.

“My future self is always afraid when I look back,” Paltrow muses. “I had this the other day where somebody was asking me about [the movie Emma], which I did in England when I was 22. It was really my first starring role, an adaptation of Jane Austin’s Emma. And I remember at the time people saying, ‘Weren t you intimidated to play this English heroine? You re this American girl.’ When I think about it [now], I would be petrified.”

There is no room for fear in Paltrow s jam-packed life. Whether she is handling an amicable divorce, starring in a movie, or running a business, Paltrow seems to have it all figured out.