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