Gwyneth Paltrow


Gwyneth: My life as a working mum
Tuesday, March 16, 2010

How was it being raised both Jewish and Christian?
It's funny because my parents married in 1969. And it was very contentious. Because my mother was from this very waspy family in Philadelphia, and my father [movie director Bruce Paltrow, who died in 2002] was from New York. And he came from this dynasty of rabbis in Poland. Their wedding was very uncomfortable to both sides. The Jews didn't want him to marry a Christian, and the Christians didn't want her to marry a Jew. We grew up with both. It was a really nice way to grow up. It was really funny. You would go to Easter to my grandmother's house and everybody is sitting at the table, going, "What do you think of what the president said?" Then you go over to Passover, and everybody is like, "What are you saying?" And everybody is yelling and eating food from each other's plates, and very alive. It was such a nice way to grow up. We had more holidays. And there are two different lifestyles and cultures.

What effect does being half-Jewish have on how you're raising your children? Do they get a religious upbringing?
I don't believe in religion. I believe in spirituality. Religion is the cause of all the problems in the world. I don't believe in organised religion at all. It's what separates people. One religion just represents fragments, it causes war. More people have died because of religious conflict than any other reason.

What would be your solution for this?
Everybody needs to change their consciousness and realise we are all one and let go of the ego that's involved. That's the only way to solve it.