Gwyneth Paltrow on Her Role in Starting the Weinstein Investigation: ‘It Was Time’

Earlier this month, when reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor published their book on their investigation into Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct, She Said, they revealed that they had a little help from Gwyneth Paltrow in the beginning. The actress rose to fame in Weinstein-produced films like Emma and Shakespeare in Love, and eventually became one of Twohey and Kantor’s first sources, although she remained off the record in the final story. This morning, talking with Savannah Guthrie on the Today show, Paltrow explained why she got involved, even though she was “scared.” “I really felt like it was time,” she told Guthrie. “I think also having a teenage daughter [Apple] that’s the love of my life and worrying about her going into the workplace, and feeling like if there was ever a chance that, you know, there could be a cultural shift on this stuff, I wanted to participate in [it].” Reflecting on the impact of the investigation, she added, “I never could have imagined that, you know, collectively, a shift this seismic could happen, but I feel proud that I have a small part in it.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Paltrow, who appeared to promote her role in Ryan Murphy’s new Netflix series The Politician (out tomorrow, her birthday!), explained her now-iconic Emmys shimmy-walk. “I think that you just look like you’re walking normally,” said Guthrie, still wearing the friendship earrings she once got with the woman herself. “I think I look pretty normal too,” Paltrow agreed. “I don’t totally get it. Although, there was no slit in the back of the dress — it was from 1963, a couture Valentino gown, so I didn’t want to chop a slit in it.” Makes sense to us!

Gwyneth Paltrow on Her Role in Weinstein Case: ‘It Was Time’