Deigning to give this interview in English even though it’s the language of peasants, Gwyneth Paltrow says that when her maids turn on her children’s iPad 2s, the kids are only allowed to watch shows that are in Spanish (the language of fancy Spanish people) or French (the language of fancy French people). Because she insists on television serving an educational purpose rather than babysitting because she can afford actual human babysitters for that, Paltrow tells InStyle of Apple, 8, and Moses, 6: ‘I only let them watch TV in French or Spanish’ about which her son was ‘cross.’ She continued: ‘When I’m in France, I go to [Boulevard] Beaumarchais and buy all their cartoons.’ More from her interview below with photos of her from the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.
- On the food her servants prepare: ‘I was very strict for a while; I was macrobiotic for a couple of years, then I got pregnant and just ate ice cream. What I’ve learned is that I want to enjoy my life, and food is a big part of it. I love to cook and feed people. I cook every day. My indulging is a fresh baguette with cheese and a glass of red wine or french fries and fried zucchini. Or a turkey burger.’
- On the hardest part of her marriage to Chris Martin: ‘Probably our artistic temperaments. Artists are sensitive; there are ups and downs mood-wise. Musicians need a certain gravitas and focus in order to write. The temperament that goes with someone who is creative can be challenging. I focus more on understanding than being understood. The positive thing… is curiosity and momentum. The negative is a need to validate myself or feel special.’