Gwyneth Paltrow Hates Being Compared to Other Actresses Turned Entrepreneurs

She says it's "misogynistic" to compare all actresses with lifestyle brands.

June 5, 2015, 2:30 PM
PHOTO: Gwyneth Paltrow attends the "I'll See You In My Dreams" Los Angeles premiere, May 7, 2015, in West Hollywood, Calif.
Gwyneth Paltrow attends the "I'll See You In My Dreams" Los Angeles premiere, May 7, 2015, in West Hollywood, Calif.
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— -- Gwyneth Paltrow bristled at being compared to other actresses who have launched lifestyle brands, calling the media's tendency to lump them together "misogynistic."

Asked by Time magazine whether she looks at websites founded by Blake Lively, Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Alba, Paltrow shot back, "I wonder if George Clooney would be asked about Puff Daddy’s ancillary liquor line."

The Goop founder went on to explain, "I’m fascinated how the media in particular are so confounded by entrepreneurial women doing something outside of their box. Jessica [Alba], especially, who’s a friend of mine -- our businesses could not be more different. There’s not a lifestyle piece to her business. The fundamentals of our sites are very different."

She continued, "Reese launched -- our businesses have similarities, but hers has retail. People are grasping at straws to tie us together and I get it, because it makes a good story, but I’m slightly offended by this sort of generalization that happens with myself and Jessica and Reese and Blake."

Paltrow, 42, added, "I feel there’s something slightly misogynistic about it."

The Oscar winner did say she supports the others' businesses and even cheers their accomplishments, like when Alba landed the cover of Forbes.

"There’s no competition. None of us think we’re in each others' space," she told Time.

Meanwhile, Paltrow is doing everything she can to grow her own business, including putting her acting career on hold.

"I think we’re in a funny time for women," she said. "We are more and more the breadwinners in families across America or contributing equally; there’s a shift happening sociologically and psychologically. People are wrestling with this new archetype of being a woman with a brain who’s also sexual and trying to do more than one thing at a time. I also feel proud. Why would I not want to do that, if it’s a passion?"

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