Blythe Danner Defends Daughter Gwyneth Paltrow: People Criticize Her Because She’s “So Accomplished”

Gwyneth Paltrow and Blythe Danner
Blythe Danner told Today's Natalie Morales that she thinks people like to hate on her daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow, because they're "intimidated" by her accomplishments Todd Williamson/Getty Images

Too much of a good thing? Gwyneth Paltrow gets a lot of flak for being, well, Gwyneth Paltrow, but her mom, for one, thinks that's just proof of how great the actress really is. During an interview on the Today show to promote her new movie, I'll See You in My Dreams, Blythe Danner told Natalie Morales that she thinks her daughter attracts criticism because people are "intimidated" by her success.

By her own admission, the Little Fockers star, 72, doesn't keep up with everything that's written about her family online. But she figures "so much of it is just trying to sell papers or whatever that's called over the Internet."

As for Paltrow, her daughter with the late Bruce Paltrow? "I know she's the most extraordinary girl who can do everything," Danner gushed of the Goop founder, a mom herself to daughter Apple, 10, and Moses, 9. "Incredible mother, she's raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for my husband's oral cancer foundation — things she doesn't talk about a lot."

Danner added that Paltrow is becoming a "great environmentalist," telling Morales: "I'm so proud of her. I think she's so accomplished that people get kind of intimidated by it."

For her part, the Iron Man 3 star told Red in November 2013 that she doesn't care what anyone says about her — especially if they don't know her. "The older I get, I realize it doesn't matter what people who don't know you think. It doesn't matter," she said at the time.

"You're wasting your energy," she continued. "It's like, if your partner comes to you — or your best friend — and says, like, 'Listen, I want to talk about something you did that hurt me, or I think you could improve,' sit down and listen to what they have to say. But some friend of so-and-sos — it's like, who gives a s–t?"

Paltrow also has an ally in her ex-husband, Chris Martin. Though the two split in 2014, they remain friendly. "I admire it very, very much," Danner told Us Weekly of the two. "They've handled everything very well. They're great parents. That comes first for them and they're really handling everything beautifully."

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