Date: 31st August 2001

Gwyneth Paltrow's Gawky Childhood

GWYNETH PALTROW used to suffer from severe self esteem problems. The SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (1998) actress admits her latest role as a fat lady in SHALLOW HAL (2001) brought back bad memories for her.

She says, "In seventh grade that was my worst stage. I weighed about thirteen pounds (six kg), I had braces and my head was disproportionately large on my body. It was 1984 and I had decided to shave the back of my head. But we all have days when we do not look our best or we don't feel comfortable in our own skin. You have no idea until you get into a 350 pound (159 kg) fat suit what it's like. "(MB/EW/KW)

Source: WENN