Gwyneth Paltrow Says ‘Doing Cocaine And Not Getting Caught’ Made The ’90s Great

Gwyneth Paltrow Says ‘Doing Cocaine And Not Getting Caught’ Made The ’90s Great

Gwyneth Paltrow was born into a life of fame and privilege. The daughter of actress Blythe Danner and TV director Bruce Paltrow, she had very few worries growing up and launched her own Hollywood career pretty early on. Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that she went pretty wild in the 1990s. In fact, according to Gwyneth Paltrow, the best thing about the decade was “doing cocaine and not getting caught.”

  1. The Goop founder did more than drugs in the ’90s. The 50-year-old starred in several hit movies, from “Emma” and “Seven” to “Sliding Doors” and “Shakespeare in Love,” just to name a few. She also had a few high-profile romances with the likes of Ben Affleck and Brad Pitt.
  2. The ’90s were a pretty great decade for Americans in general. The economy was in decent shape, unemployment was low, and it was a pre-9/11 and pre-social media era. Appearing on “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” she was asked by the host what it was like being in her prime at such a solid time.
  3. Fame before the internet really took off was a good time for the actress. Recalling her twenties, Gwyneth Paltrow said: “It was great. I mean, talk about doing cocaine and not getting caught! Like, you could just be at a bar and be, like, having fun, dance on a table… no camera phones.”
  4. Paltrow especially loved living in New York at the time. While paparazzi are famously intrusive in Los Angeles, Paltrow spent the ’90s on the east coast, which she believes contributed to it being such a great time. “Especially in New York, interestingly enough, there were no paparazzi,” she said. “You could stumble out of a bar and go home with some rando and no one would know.” Sounds like she had a pretty wild time of it!
Jennifer Still is a writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience. The managing editor of Bolde, she has bylines in Vanity Fair, Business Insider, The New York Times, Glamour, Bon Appetit, and many more.