Gwyneth Paltrow: "I insist on monogamy"
In the dolce-vita-thriller "The Talented Mr. Ripley", Gwyneth Paltrow once
again radiates a fresh aristocratic charm as the adroit Marge. A chat with
SPIEGEL ONLINE about Paris, fidelity and evenings washed with red wine.
Marge is evidently able to get along with the idea
that her lover is betraying her. Could you personally live with a man who
sleeps with other women?
PALTROW: I insist on monogamy. If my partner can't live with that,
he's out of here. The yardstick against which I measure a relationship is
my parents' marriage, and they're celebrating - which is completely unusual
in Hollywood - their 30th anniversary.
SPIEGEL ONLINE: Shooting for the film took you to Italy for months.
What sort of experience was that?
PALTROW: It was a wonderful time. We went out almost every evening
and washed down enormous amounts of pasta with enormous amounts of red
wine. Only poor Matt (Damon), he couldn't. He had to stay pencil thin and
only ate steamed chicken breast and ran about ten miles a day. I was
surprised how seldom Italian men touched me or pinched my bottom.
SPIEGEL: You seem to have brought a load of clichés over with you.
How well do you know Europe?
PALTROW: I've spent a lot of time in England - after all, that's
where we shot "Shakespeare in Love" - and I was in Paris when I was a
little girl. My mother was acting on stage in London. My father, my brother
and I visited her, and my father flew back with me to Paris. After a few
days of long walks, my father asked me if I knew why he came with me to
Paris. When I said no, he explained: You should know that the man you visit
Paris with for the first time is a man who will always love you, no matter
SPIEGEL ONLINE: It's not hard to imagine that it's becoming more and
more difficult for you to travel around the world. You're recognized
everywhere now. Does all the gossip bother you?
PALTROW: No, because I don't read that sort of thing. And my friends
would never think to say, hey, look, they've written this or that about
you. I live in my own world and just don't get involved with that sort of
SPIEGEL ONLINE: You came to the LA premiere of with Ben Affleck at your side. And you're seen with him quite a
lot. Yet you still say you're just good friends.
PALTROW: And that's the way it is. We're good friends, very close.
Nothing more and nothing less.