How Gwyneth Paltrow Prepped for Her ‘Thanks for Sharing’ Strip Scene

Kara Warner
Movie Talk
Gwyneth Paltrow in 'Thanks for Sharing'
Gwyneth Paltrow in 'Thanks for Sharing'

Despite their seemingly scintillating allure, strip teases just aren’t for everyone. And they
take a lot of practice and preparation to perfect. Just ask Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow, who put a lot of time and effort to get ready for a very sexy scene in her new movie "Thanks For Sharing."

Written and directed by Stuart Blumberg ("The Kids Are All Right"), the film revolves around a group of sex addicts (Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Josh Gad, and first-time actress Alecia Moore, aka Pink) attempting to conquer their addictions to live normal lives and have normal romantic relationships. Paltrow plays the spirited and sexually-confident Phoebe, who attempts to add some extra spice to her new romance with Adam (Ruffalo) by donning lacy black lingerie and dancing into his lap.

It should go without saying that the scene is a memorable one, mostly because Paltrow is obviously in incredible shape and sells it completely. When Yahoo Movies sat down with the star — who is one week away from her 41st birthday — she seemed to blush with a bit of embarrassment in having to revisit the scene.

"Oh my God," she said, partially hiding her face. "That is not who I am in life so it took a lot of chutzpah, I really had to pretend I was someone else," she admitted. "I just prepare by doing my Tracy Anderson religiously."

[Related: Alecia Moore Says Why She Doesn't Want to Be Called 'Pink']

Paltrow is speaking of her longtime trainer Tracy Anderson and the exercise guru’s popular workout method. The two met in 2006 after the birth of Paltrow’s her second child, Moses, when Anderson helped the actress shed her pregnancy weight and transformed her body. Anderson recently revealed that Paltrow put a lot of work into her training ahead of that strip tease.

"She does the workout six days a week, changing her content every 10 days," Anderson told E! Online. "You do one sequence of movements for 10 days straight, then you never do them again. You never repeat yourself. The point is to be constantly, always challenging yourself. There are thousands of muscular structure toning sequences that I've created. It keeps those muscles defined."

Paltrow is no stranger to revealing film scenes, of course. She stripped down for early roles in 1998's "Great Expectations" and her Oscar-winning turn in "Shakespeare in Love." Then she became more selective about the movies she picked (and the ones she doffed her clothes for) after the birth of her daughter Apple in 2004. But lately she's been more comfortable about showing off both on screen and off. She spent the last chunk of this summer's "Iron Man 3" in a sports bra, and then raised eyebrows with the sheer-panel dress she wore to the Hollywood premiere.

[Related: The 'Iron Man 3' Scene That Never Was]

It should be noted, though, that even the prospect of parading around in her underwear did not deter Paltrow from her favorite guilty pleasure food. Tracy Anderson did say that the night before filming the strip tease scene Paltrow indulged in her own particular addiction: french fries. “She loves cheese and French fries,” Anderson said. “She absolutely loves French fries. She's the queen of them."

"Thanks for Sharing" is playing in select theaters now.