Gwyneth Paltrow 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.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow


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?

Gwyneth Paltrow und Jude Law in "The Talented Mr. Ripley"

Gwyneth Paltrow und Jude Law in "The Talented Mr. Ripley"

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 what.

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 dirt.

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.

Translated by David Hudson

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