Gwyneth Paltrow shares her take on the nepotism-baby debate.
During an interview with Rushpublished online Wednesday, the Oscar-winning actress and businesswoman, the daughter of actress Blythe Danner and director-producer Bruce Paltrow, called the term “fake baby” an “ugly name.”
When asked what it’s like for her 19-year-old daughter to run her family, Paltrow said, “Now there’s this whole nepo baby culture and judgment that exists around famous people’s children.” She’s really just a student, and she’s very… she just wants to be a kid and go to school and learn.”
But the Iron Man Star further noted that “there is nothing wrong with doing or wanting to do what your parents do.” Adding, “Nobody jokes about a kid saying, ‘I want to be a doctor like my dad and grandpa.’ The truth is, if you grow up in a house with a lot of artists and people who make art and music, that’s what you know, just like if you grow up in a house with entitlement, the discussions at the dinner table are about the nuances. whatever specific law the parents practice.”
The debate surrounding nepo babies has become a hot topic in recent years, especially in Hollywood, with several stars stepping up to defend children of industry notables, including Jamie Lee Curtis, Kate Hudson, O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Lily Allen.
Curtis previously said: “The current conversation about nepobabies is only intended to belittle, denigrate and hurt.” Hudson has acknowledged that nepotism is real, but believes it is “much more common” in other industries outside of Hollywood.
The controversial term, which is defined as a successful celebrity with at least one famous parent, was even added to the dictionary this year.
But ultimately, Paltrow just hopes that her “children always feel free to pursue exactly what they want to do, no matter what anyone is going to think or say.”