Gwyneth Paltrow on the May cover of Harper's Bazaar

Gwyneth Paltrow is out stumping hard for her new cookbook, It’s All Good, a collection of recipes featuring dust, twigs and cookies you can only think about. As part of her campaign, she’s got a rather ethereal Harper’s Bazaar (subscriber) cover for May, above, photographed by Daniel Jackson.

Inside the magazine, the Iron Man star talks aging, marriage and her famous buddies. Like so:

Paltrow turned 40 last fall and she says she feels on the cusp of change: “I’m at quite a pivotal point: Do I want to go back more into films? Do I want another child? Do I want to move back to the States?” “You can call me a lot of things, but you can’t call me complacent!”

There’s something refreshingly frank and fearless about this new fifth-decade Gwyneth. “I don’t hold on to fear as much as I used to, because I’ve learned a lot about genuinely not caring what strangers think about me,” she says. “It’s very liberating. It’s very empowering, and I’ve learned a lot of that from Jay-—Shawn Carter—Z, because his approach to life is very internal. It’s a very good lesson to learn.”


Also, marriage:

On 10 years with Coldplay rocker Chris Martin: “We are growing into very similar people. It’s cool, it’s good. It’s not always easy, though!”

Then again, there is a “refreshingly frank” moment here, and it’s when Paltrow cops to using Botox… and regrets it:

On beauty: “I use organic products, but I get lasers. It’s what makes life interesting, finding the balance between cigarettes and tofu.”  “I’ve probably tried everything,” she continues. “I would be scared to go under the knife, but you know, talk to me when I’m 50. I’ll try anything. Except I won’t do Botox again, because I looked crazy. I looked like Joan Rivers!”

That’s a helluva pullquote–“finding the balance between cigarettes and tofu”–and apparently Paltrow admits to allowing herself one cigarette a week. But what’s really notable here is the sudden flash of likeability.

Here’s the newsstand cover, on which she wears Balenciaga:

Gwyneth Paltrow on the May cover of Harper's Bazaar

(via Harper’s Bazaar)