Gwyneth Paltrow has recently become as well-known for her GOOP organic lifestyle website as she is for her movies and the actress was clear-headed enough to discuss her thoughts on parenting, marriage, cheating and Botox.
At the time of the interview, Paltrow was on a 12-week detox program and told Harper's Bazaar in their March 2012 cover story, "I have a lot of inflammation in my system, so I'm not having anything I'm allergic to -- no gluten, no dairy, no sugar."
But normally, the actress said she eats "whatever" she wants, including bread, cheese and wine. She also spends an hour and a half every other weekday morning with her trainer, Tracy Anderson, doing dance aerobics and precise exercises.
Paltrow recently released a cookbook, "My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family and Togetherness," which was inspired by her late dad. Paltrow told Harper's that her healthy living began after he was diagnosed with throat cancer.
The 39-year-old actress does not live in fear of ageing though and said she eschews plastic surgery, in favor of the occasional laser treatment and regular facials with the London-based Vaishaly Patel, who charges $395 for her 55-minute signature facial.
"I'll take my wrinkles," Paltrow said. "I don't like the Botox thing."
The actress married Chris Martin, singer of the British rock band Coldplay, in 2003. The couple are parents to daughter Apple, 6, and son Moses, 5.
"I think you do fall in and out of love and you just keep going, and every time you go through a really difficult phase, you rediscover something new and it just gets better," Paltrow said of her union. "We've been married for more than eight years now, and we're still into it."
Paltrow told the magazine that the kids are learning French from their new French nanny, after previously learning Spanish from their Spanish nanny. But the actress insists on giving Apple and Moses their bath and told the magazine, "We all get into the tub together."
"I have little kids in school. I want to maintain my marriage and my family, so I have to be here when he comes home," Paltrow said before recalling some advice she recently gave to a famous friend, "She is an actress and in a new relationship with someone else with a big career, and I said this may not be feminist, but you have to compromise. It's been all about you and you're a big deal. And if you want what you're saying you want -- a family -- you have to be a wife, and that is part of the equation. Gloria Steinem may string me up by my toes, but all I can do is my best, and I can do only what works for me and my family."
Before settling down with Martin, Paltrow dated Brad Pitt for three years and was engaged for six months and she also dated Ben Affleck in the late '90s. She told the magazine that she was not always so lucky in love.
"I had a boyfriend who used to cheat on me all the time. I was quite naive. I knew on a cellular level, but I bought his story," Paltrow said. "The older I get, the more open-minded I get, the less judgmental I get. Life is long. I have friends who I love and admire who have had an affair. When I was younger, I would have said he's a terrible person or she's a terrible person. But who made these laws?"
Paltrow recently finished filming "Thanks for Sharing" opposite Mark Ruffalo, Pink, Tim Robbins and Joely Richardson. The dramatic comedy follows a group of sex addicts who bond over their determination to recover from their addiction.
The actress is also set to reprise her "Iron Man" role as Pepper Potts in "Iron Man 3" and in the spinoff film "The Avengers," which is set for release on May 4, 2012.