Gwyneth Paltrow may want to prepare herself for the worst. Despite her reported efforts to prevent Vanity Fair from doing an article about her, the influential pop culture magazine is moving forward with what many expect to be an epic takedown piece on the Oscar-winning actress.
"We started a story on her," editor-in-chief Graydon Carter told the Times of London on Sunday, Oct. 13. (Quotes via Radar Online.) "We have a very good writer and it'll run."
Carter's confirmation comes just a little over a month after the New York Times issued a report claiming that the 40-year-old Iron Man 3 star was feuding with the 100-year-old publication. The report alleged that the actress had written an email to her celebrity friends in which she asked that they not speak to the magazine if contacted about her.
"Vanity Fair is threatening to put me on the cover of their magazine," Paltrow reportedly wrote in May of this year, per a witness who saw the email in question. "If you are asked for quotes or comments, please decline. Also, I recommend you all never do this magazine again."
The Times speculated at the time that Paltrow and other stars had taken issue with Vanity Fair's criticism of Hollywood; recent articles include a piece about the role of Scientology in Tom Cruise's love life, and a report about the behind-the-scenes problems that plagued Brad Pitt's World War Z.
Carter defended his magazine's coverage of those issues, however, and told the Times it was just business. "We wouldn't be doing our job if there wasn't a little bit of tension between Vanity Fair and its subjects," he said. "In any given week, I can expect to hear from a disgruntled subject in Hollywood, Washington, or on Wall Street. That's the nature of the beast."
He also told the Times of London that he felt more compelled to run the Paltrow piece after her alleged email went public. "Well, she sort of forced my hand," he explained.
"Some famous people believe that they live in a cone of celebrity that protects them," he was quoted as saying. "But it doesn't really exist anymore in L.A. unless they stay in."