Actress Gwyneth Paltrow was one of the first women who has spoken out about Harvey Weinstein's sexual abuses and on Friday the 45-year-old Oscar-winning actress told CNBC's Tania Bryer she has no regrets that she shared her 'gross' story, that subsequently made more than 70 women feel safe enough to speak up.
The Iron Man actress said;
I think it’s incredible what’s happening. I think this is long overdue. There’s been this incredible confluence of events that’s really led to women coming together – and feeling safe in numbers to come forward and talk about their experiences across all different industries.
Gwyneth also revealed that she had her daughter Apple Martin, who is from her ex-husband Chris Martin, in mind when she decided to talk.
It's All Good cookbook author, Gwyneth said;
It’s my hope that this is the beginning of something important and different and that my daughter, when she goes into the workplace, won’t experience what you, presumably you, and I and millions of other women have had to endure.
So it feels important and I’m happy that I have played a small part in it.
Harvey Weinstein and Gwyneth Paltrow at the 50th Anniversary Gala of the National Film Theatre in 2002
As for advice, she would give young, aspiring actresses, Gwyneth said that everyone should be in it for the right reasons. She said;
It’s difficult because I think a lot of people are drawn to this industry because they are looking to find wholeness through fame. If that’s why you’re here, then don’t. The only reason to do this is if you have an incredible burning desire to channel creativity and to really be an artist. … I think the culture we are living in now is rewarding cheap fame, and I think that a lot of people think the industry is a way to do that.
But Gwyneth has high hopes for the future, mostly because of what she has seen from her daughter and her peers. She said;
I’m very heartened by what I see in my daughter’s generation. These girls are kick-ass. They are strong. They know themselves. They are very protective of their physical space. They’re not like I was at 13. They’ve very sure-footed. They’re thinking big. I think something really interesting is coming in the next generation. I think these girls are amazing.
As previously reported, Gwyneth told the New Yorker she had been sexually harassed by Harvey and her boyfriend at the time Brad Pitt had told the movie mogul to back off.