Gwyneth Paltrow played cover girl for the upcoming issue of Harper's Bazaar UK, and the full feature appears in the March issue on sale Thursday, Feb. 3. She lounged on a red chair in the accompanying shoot from photographer Alexi Lubomirski, and in her interview she spoke about her work on Country Strong and took on those who hate on her GOOP newsletter. Gwyneth also shared about her love for pal Beyoncé Knowles, whom the actress refers to as "the most talented human being on the planet." She said:
- On Beyoncé's performance advice for Country Strong: "Beyoncé is the most talented human being on the planet. She has so much mastery over what she does. It’s not even confidence — it’s on a whole other level. It’s mind-blowing. I watched her (perform) a lot to see how she did it, and I was like 'Sh*t! I can’t do that!'"
- On performing at the Country Music Awards: "Two weeks before I did it, I was dying. I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t eat. I was like, 'Why would I say yes to this? What is wrong with me? What kind of maniac would agree to do this?' It was one of those nights I’ll look back on and think, 'Wow, I can’t believe I actually pulled that off.'"
- On how she tackled her Country Strong role: "I had the best time doing it. It’s rare that you read a role that’s so juicy and complicated, and also so sweet and human. Kelly has a good heart. I just loved how real she is . . . Alcoholism is such a vicious cycle and Robert (Downey Jr) really helped me understand it. I understand how you can do something bad for you because I smoked forever. I smoked even when my dad had throat cancer. I was like 'I know this is probably going to kill me, but I’m going to smoke it anyway.' But I didn’t understand wrecking other people’s lives, and then kind of just waking up and tying your shoes. So he helped me figure that out."
Photos courtesy Alexi Lubomirski for Harper’s Bazaar