Gwyneth Paltrow first appeared on the Hollywood scene in the early 90s, and it wasn't long before she achieved star status – in 1996 she received an Oscar for her role in Shakespeare In Love. The actress has maintained her popularity in pop culture since then, recently ending her tenure as Pepper Potts for Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man and found a supporting role in her husband Brad Falchuk's Netflix series The Politician. But now Paltrow is best known as the Goop Lady and it sounds like she officially takes off her skin as an actress and exfoliates forever as part of her daily routine.
If you want to have an idea of how long ago it was Gwyneth Paltrow decided to say goodbye to acting, her daughter Apple is now 15 years old. When Proof was walking around, she was involved in over 30 acting projects within a decade, and she decided to take a break. Since then, she hasn't had a leading role in a movie, but of course found minor roles in Country Strong, Contagion, Thanks for Sharing, and the MCU.
Now she has a huge lifestyle brand in her defense, and her role in the MCU films hasn't focused on much other than Tony Stark. It sounds like she's still moving away from acting. And if she hasn't changed her mind technically in 15 years and has a successful business to keep her busy, why should she?
The actress's recent small roles seem to be an exception to the rule. Who would say no to starring in the Iron Man movies with Robert Downey Jr? Her recent television role in The Politician was also at the request of her husband, producer Brad Falchuk, who wrote the role for her.