She got wistful during an interview alongside Hilary Swank on “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”
“You both came up in the late nineties, which is having quite the renaissance at the moment — the fashion, the music, what was it like for both of you being so famous at a time when there was no social media, no nothing … what do you remember about that time?” Corden asked the women.
“It was great, talk about doing cocaine and not getting caught. You could just be at a bar having fun, dance on the table,” Paltrow replied.
She said the advent of smartphones ruined any hope for celebrities enjoying anonymity or letting their guard down without repercussions.
“There were no camera phones, especially in New York, there were no paparazzi. You could stumble out of a bar and go home with some rando and no one would know,” she continued.
But despite yearning for the drug-fueled party nights of the past, the “Avengers” actress previously said she’s never felt better after doing a nude photo shoot for her 50th birthday.
“I feel so happy being 50,” she told People in October. “I really flipped out when I turned 40, because I thought, ‘My life is over. I’m not going to be attractive anymore, and society isn’t going to want me.’ I really panicked. Turning 50 was the polar opposite.”
She continued: “I was like, ‘I’ve never felt better in my own skin, and I don’t care if people think I’m attractive or not. I love myself.’ It’s a great feeling.”
While she’s still active in Hollywood, Paltrow is also very focused now on wellness, which she promotes through her lifestyle brand Goop. She made headlines in 2020 for promoting her “This Smells Like My Vagina” candle, which sold out hours after it debuted.
“It sort of started as a joke. I was with ‘the nose’ Douglas Little for his brand Heretic and we were sort of messing around and I smelled this beautiful thing and I was like, ‘This smells like my vagina!’ And I was kidding, obviously,” she told Seth Myers about creating the product.
“I think women, a lot of us have grown up feeling certain degrees of shame around our body or whatever,” Paltrow continued. “So this is just a little bit of, you know, a subversive candle for all of us out there.”