The Oscar-winning actress and CEO and founder of Goop gets candid with Town & Country magazine in her cover story about what prompted her to begin her research in food and nutrition, her devotion to the wellness industry, the double standards she faces as an actress and business mogul, and the message she has for her critics.
On her childhood: “There wasn’t a lot of wellness in the house. My mother was environmentally conscious. She helped pioneer curbside recycling in Santa Monica, and we were the house that had the Hansen’s natural soda.”
On how the treatment of her father’s throat cancer, in 1999, prompted her journey to wellness: “His treatment was so brutal, I was thinking, almost out of desperation, that we had to be able to do something else to help him. That’s when I started to research food and nutrition.”
On her mission with wellness: “I really believe that being alive is just a process of—if you’re not wasting your fucking life — figuring out how you can impact the world positively. You can choose to engage in your life and participate in it, or you can back out and criticize everybody else in your arena.”
On the double standards of being an actress and business mogul: “I don’t want to unnecessarily move myself from one box to another one. In this society we like our women in one digestible way that we understand, but if you try to be something else, we don’t like it. People couldn’t for a long time believe that I was running a company, until they heard me say, ‘I’m giving up acting. I’ll never be onscreen again.’”
On her devotion to the wellness industry: “You can keep resisting it, but I’m on the right side of this. I’m watching the market. I’m watching what’s happening. I think what this wellness movement is really about is listening to yourself, tuning into what interests you, and trying things. Find what makes you feel better and go from there.”
This story appears in the May 2020 issue of Town & Country.
Cover: Max Mara Jacket, Vest and Pants | Sidney Garber Necklace | Pomellato Chain Bracelet and Bangle | Gianvito Rossi Sandals
Image 1: Chanel Jacket and Skirt | Eres Bikini Top | Sidney Garber Earrings and Necklace
Image 2: G. Label Jacket, Bikini Top and Culottes | Vram Earrings and Ring | Hermès Sandals
Image 3: Hèrmes Jacket and Pants | Anemone Swim Bikini Top | Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. Necklace | Bulgari Rings
Image 4: Proenza Schouler Blazer and Pants and Sandals | Jade Swim Bandeau | Vhernier Necklace and Ring
Styled by Anne Christensen
Hair by Adir Abergel
Makeup by Jillian Dempsey
Nails by Ashlie Johnson
[Photo Credit: Amanda Demme/Town & Country Magazine]
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