Gwyneth Paltrow, 49, opens up about aging and body image: 'It's all going south from here'

Gwyneth Paltrow attends the goop lab Special Screening in Los Angeles, California on January 21, 2020.
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The queen of all things organic and positive has a new target -- aging.

In a new interview, Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow, 49, got candid about getting older and learning to accept her body.

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"Unfortunately, we're always looking at ourselves with a critical eye," the Oscar winner told People. "I would love to get to a place where I don't do that anymore. I want to show up for myself in a more loving way, because it's all going south from here! There's nothing we can do about it."

It is true that many of us spend way too much of our youth worrying about getting older. And the wisest of our seniors let us know that one of the pleasures of aging is you don’t have to care about your looks as much.

Paltrow seems to be stuck right between those two states of life. For a few years now, the "Shakespeare in Love" star has been focusing less on acting roles and concentrating on her Goop brand.

Like many mothers, Paltrow shared she first noticed changes in her body after having her two now-teenage kids, Apple and Moses, with ex-husband, er, consciously uncoupled partner Chris Martin of Coldplay. She’s been married to producer Brad Falchuk since 2018.

"I was just coming out of my 20s when you're in that sexy, young girl phase," the actress said. "And then you're like, 'Well, how do I reconcile who I am now with that?' For me, it was really about giving myself time to be a mother, and letting my body dictate where it was going."

With the kids now older, Paltrow has dipped back into production, this time with her new Netflix series “Sex, Love & goop." The show focuses on five couples navigating everything from sexual intimacy to past traumas.

“Some women feel when they have kids that they don't feel sexual because their body isn't back yet," Paltrow added. "But it's like, who said our bodies have to look a certain way? It's hard as you age and change. But it's about bringing a wider spectrum of acceptance."

In a case of “physician, heal thyself,” Paltrow seems to be leaning into the basics of the kind of self-help ideas she has championed via goop.

"For me, as I go through the aging process and really start it, I realize it's less about, 'Oh, I have this wrinkle, am I going to fix it or not?' and more, 'Do I feel vibrant?'... I am focusing more on the fundamentals of wellness, like meditation, hydration, nutrient-dense foods and not having tons of alcohol -- which I had way too much of during the pandemic!"

Now that’s something most of us can relate to.

"Sex, Love & goop" is streaming now on Netflix.

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