When Gwyneth Paltrow consciously coupled Brad Falchuk in October of last year, the wedding looked like a pristine dream, with a “vegetable bounty” included. Now, in Paltrow’s new Variety cover, she reminisces on winning the Best Actress Oscar 20 years ago, and she revealed just one more detail about the nuptials: In his vows, her new husband referenced the little romantic comedy that could, Shakespeare in Love, a film you may have heard of. “I hope this isn’t too personal,” Paltrow said, revealing something extremely personal. “But in my husband’s wedding vows, he actually said it’s no coincidence that I played this muse, because that’s who I am to him, and his perception is that’s who I am in real life. It was really sweet.” In the film, Paltrow played the muse, lover, and collaborator to William Shakespeare.
Harvey Weinstein looms large over Shakespeare in Love: as producer, Weinstein fussed over the film’s casting and ending, and launched its campaign, then the most expensive in Oscar history. “He was a bully,” Paltrow said of the producer, who, in October 2017, was accused of sexually harassing her. “I never had a problem standing up to him. I wasn’t scared of him. I also felt for a period of time, I was the consumer face of Miramax, and I felt it was my duty to push back against him. We had a lot of fights.” But Shakespeare in Love, she says, remains an unspoiled confection.