Gwyneth Paltrow said she’s all too familiar with the exploitation of women in Hollywood.
The Oscar-winner revealed in Elle’s November “Women in Hollywood” issue that she once faced a “casting-couch” moment.
“Yup. When I was just starting out, someone suggested that we finish a meeting in the bedroom,” Paltrow recalled. “I left. I was pretty shocked. I could see how someone who didn’t know better might worry, ‘My career will be ruined if I don’t give this guy a blow job!’”
Paltrow, 38, went on to star in “Se7en,” “Emma” and “Sliding Doors” before scoring a Best Actress Oscar in 1998 for playing Lady Viola in “Shakespeare in Love.”
“I thought we were just making this little art movie with insider jokes for playwrights,” she told Elle of “Shakespeare.” “I never would have thought this movie would take off the way that it did.”
Despite the level of on-screen success she’s attained, Paltrow said she feels “kind of dejected” about the kinds of roles available to women today.
“There’s a lot that’s okay, but there’s little that’s really good, especially for someone my age,” she told Elle. “Sometimes you find out that something you really liked is going to someone 10 years younger.
But she said she finds it "heartening that Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock have been able to find and create amazing projects.”
Paltrow also said she’s excited about the Steven Soderbergh film she’s currently working on, “Contagion.”
The project's “amazing ensemble cast” reunites Paltrow with her “The Talented Mr. Ripley” co-stars Matt Damon and Jude Law.