Even someone as A-list as Gwyenth Paltrow can still get starstruck every now and again. The actress confessed during Wednesday’s episode of SiriusXM’s Quarantined with Bruce that when she first met Meg Ryan in 1993 on the set of their film Flesh and Bone, she didn’t know what to do with herself.
“I was so starstruck around her. Like I could not, I felt like I couldn’t even be myself,” Paltrow revealed as Ryan had just come off the enormous success of When Harry Met Sally four years earlier. “I was so nervous around her and she had just had a baby. She was so nice.” She went on to explain that, despite coming from a Hollywood family, “when Michael Douglas is at dinner or something, you’re a kid. You don’t know. That’s just your parents’ friend and then you grow into the idea that this is a big movie star.”
But with Ryan, things were different. She said, “I had this reverence for Meg Ryan, or like Julia Roberts, you know, when I saw Pretty Woman, when I was a senior in high school. And in those women, I felt like illumination within myself. Like, ‘Oh my God, this is what I want to be. They’re so brilliant and charming and funny, and they’re lighting up the world and that’s what I want to do.’” She continued, “So it felt so personal to me, you know. When I first met Meg, I couldn’t believe it. But I always was starstruck by the people that really moved me.”
It seems, however, that Paltrow has gotten more comfortable around her acting idol over the years as she interviewed Ryan at her 2018 In Goop Health summit, discussing everything from her morning routine and the #MeToo movement to what it really means to be “America’s Sweetheart.”
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