Gwyneth Paltrow Explains Why She Thinks Celebrity Kids Have to Work 'Twice As Hard'

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Gwyneth Paltrow is opening up about why she believes nepotism babies have to work "twice as hard" to prove themselves.

"Nepotism babies" is the term coined to describe children from famous or wealthy homes, who tend to have more privilege than the average person based on their upbringing. 

Paltrow recently joined Hailey Rhode Bieber, the daughter of The Usual Suspects actor, Stephen Baldwin, in her bathroom for her YouTube series, "Who's In My Bathroom?"

And she revealed she has some strong feelings on the matter.

Paltrow, who is a nepotism baby herself, being the daughter of Meet the Parents actress, Blythe Danner, and late television producer, Bruce Paltrow, believes that people who are related to "somebody" have to "work twice as hard and be twice as good."

Although the actress believes that children with famous parents have to prove themselves more, she did mention that the initial launch into their career isn't as tough as the average person, noting that they definitely have an advantage. 

"Look, I think it's fair, right?" the actress noted, adding, "Because as the child of somebody, you get access that other people don't have, so the playing field is not level in that way."

The 49-year-old continued: "However, I really do feel that once your foot is in the door – which you unfairly got in – then you have to work almost twice as hard and be twice as good."

She explained that "because people are ready to pull you down and say 'you don't belong there' and 'you're only there because of your dad or your mom' or whatever the case may be.'"

The Goop founder offered up advice to nepotism babies, including Bieber, stating, "It shouldn't limit you because what I believe is that nobody in the world, especially somebody who doesn't know you, should have a negative impact on your path or the decisions that you make."

Bieber responded: "I agree, I'm like 'I need to hear this today!'" 

You can watch the full interview below!

Other stars have spoken about nepotism in the past, including Elizabeth Olsen and Lily Collins.

The WandaVision star spoke with Glamour UK back in April 2021, stating, “I was 10 [years old] and I was curious about auditioning… But during that time, I thought, ‘I don’t want to be associated with Mary-Kate and Ashley,’ for some reason."

She continued: “I guess I understood what nepotism was inherently like as a 10-year-old. I didn’t know if I knew the word, but there is some sort of association of not earning something that I think bothered me at a very young age.”

The Emily in Paris actress, whose father is musical artist Phil Collins, spoke with Marie Claire back in 2014, admitting that having a famous father didn't seem to help her score auditions. She recalled, "when I first met with agents I was asked, 'Well, what makes you so special?' Everyone in LA is a cousin or daughter of someone... At the beginning, my father was the most interesting thing about me."

She continued, "Now I’ve done eight films, it’s an afterthought. I get kids who say, 'Oh, I love your movie, but my mum loves your dad," she said, adding, "It’s really nice to be able to share that with him, but it doesn’t define who I am career-wise."

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