Gwyneth Paltrow on aging: 'What happens 'if you're not f--kable?'

Not holding back! Gwyneth Paltrow opened up about what it’s like to be a woman of a certain age, especially one who has long been lauded for her looks.

In the first episode of her website Goop’s new “The Beauty Closet” podcast on Wednesday, July 23, the Avengers: Endgame star, 46, explained how she feels about her appearance as she ages.

She began: “I’ve been considered to be this woman, you know…”

“…Beautiful woman,” one of the show hosts interjected.

“… I’ve been considered, not by everyone … It’s a weird thing to be, I don’t mean in a pejorative way objectified, but, you know, sort of, like, cast as something and put in a box,” Paltrow said. “And then I think when you come to age, if you have this broad identity as that, like, what does it mean?”

The Oscar winner continued: “To get wrinkles and, like, get closer to menopause, and all these things … what happens to your identity as a woman if you’re not f–kable and beautiful?”

Paltrow admitted that her feelings on the matter are layered as she herself has never considered herself to be an above-average beauty. “I’ve always felt so funny about my looks, and, like, I think that it’s very rare to think that you’re a beautiful person,” she said. “I feel like every other woman, like, I don’t see that when I look in the mirror.”

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Actress Blythe Danner and daughter actress Gwyneth Paltrow attend 'The Prince of Tides' Century City Premiere on December 11, 1991 at Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza Cinemas in Century City, California.
CRUEL DOUBT -- Air Date 05/17/1992 -- Pictured: Gwyneth Paltrow as Angela Pritchard -- Photo by: Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank
CRUEL DOUBT -- Air Date 05/17/1992 -- Pictured: (l-r) Blythe Danner as Bonnie Von Stein, Gwyneth Paltrow as Angela Pritchard -- Photo by: Bruce Birmelin/NBCU Photo Bank
CRUEL DOUBT -- Air Date 05/17/1992 -- Pictured: Gwyneth Paltrow as Angela Pritchard -- Photo by: Bruce Birmelin/NBCU Photo Bank
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 'Flesh & Bone' Hollywood Premiere on November 4, 1993 at Paramount Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Blythe Danner and daughter actress Gwyneth Paltrow attend 'The Saint of Fort Washington' New York City Premiere on November 16, 1993 at the Worldwide Plaza Cinema in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and actor Leonardo DiCaprio attend the 65th Annual National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Awards on February 28, 1994 at The Equitable Center in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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Actor Brad Pitt and actress Gwyneth Paltrow attend the 'Living in Oblivion' West Los Angeles Premiere on July 12, 1995 at the Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Brad Pitt and actress Gwyneth Paltrow attend the 'Living in Oblivion' West Los Angeles Premiere on July 12, 1995 at the Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Brad Pitt and actress Gwyneth Paltrow attend the 'Hamlet' Broadway Play Opening Night Performance on May 2, 1995 at the Belasco Theatre in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends The Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute Gala Exhibiton of 'Haute Couture' on December 4, 1995 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and actor Brad Pitt attend the 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 21, 1996 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Brad Pitt and actress Gwyneth Paltrow attend 'The Pallbearer' New York City Premiere on April 28, 1996 at the Tribeca Film Center in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 'Emma' New York City Premiere on July 22, 1996 at the Paris Theatre in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and actress Blythe Danner attend the 'Emma' New York City Premiere on July 22, 1996 at the Paris Theatre in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Brad Pitt and actress Gwyneth Paltrow attend 'The Devil's Own' New York City Premiere on March 13, 1997 at City Cinemas Cinema 1 in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow departs for New York City on July 30, 1997 from the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Producer Bruce Paltrow, actress Gwyneth Paltrow and actress Blythe Danner attend the 'Hard Eight' Hollywood Premiere on February 23, 1997 at Paramount Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 'Great Expectations' Century City Premiere on January 20, 1998 at Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza Cinemas in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 'Shakespeare in Love' New York City Premiere on December 3, 1998 at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and actor Ben Affleck attend the Fifth Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on March 7, 1999 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Director/Producer Steven Spielberg and actress Gwyneth Paltrow attend the Fourth Annual GQ Men of the Year Awards on October 21, 1999 at the Beacon Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' Westwood Premiere on December 12, 1999 at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends the Fifth Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on March 7, 1999 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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In the Shallow Hal star’s opinion, one’s internal beauty begins to shine more brightly as the years go by. “Luckily, what’s happening at the same time in parallel … is you just start to like yourself,” she said of getting older. “I think you get to a point where it’s almost like your sort of pulchritude is waning in a way and your inner beauty is, like, really coming out, and so it’s this funny shift that’s happening.”

Paltrow said that her growing confidence hasn’t stopped her from worrying about the superficial entirely, however. “It’s like, you feel so good you know who you are hopefully you value the relationships in your life and your work and your contribution to the world … but then you’re like, wow, I have crow’s feet. Damn!”

The Goop founder previously told Stylistmagazine she doesn’t spend a whole lot of time scrutinizing her imperfections. “I’m not the type to look in the mirror and study my looks,” she said in November 2014. “I’d rather die than be studying my face like that!”

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