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Gwyneth Paltrow says ‘f–k you’ to Bill Clinton for sleeping through her movie screening: ‘He was snoring right in front of me’

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Gwyneth Paltrow jokingly cursed at Bill Clinton in a new interview.

During an appearance on “Hot Ones” Thursday the “Shakespeare in Love” actress was asked about a long-standing rumor that the former president passed out during a White House screening of her 1996 film, “EMMA.”

“True. He was snoring right in front of me,” she confirmed to host Sean Evans. “I was like, ‘Wow, I guess this is going to be a real hit movie.’”

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Gwyneth Paltrow says that President Clinton snored during a screening of “Emma.” YouTube / First We Feast
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Paltrow says she thought it meant the movie would bomb. First We Feast / Youtube

“But it was,” she quipped, “So f–k you, Bill Clinton!”

The film, based on the beloved Jane Austen novel, centers around a young woman in 19th Century England who is intent on setting her friends up with potential spouses.

It also starred Toni Collette, Jeremy Northam, Alan Cumming and Greta Scacchi.

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Paltrow shared that Clinton sat right in front of her at the screening. Corbis via Getty Images
Bill Clinton and Gwyneth Paltrow.
The screening took place at the White House. WireImage

The movie was considered to be a success, grossing nearly $40 million worldwide on a production budget under $8 million.

Elsewhere during the interview, the actress, 51, disparaged superhero movies despite having starred in two “Iron Man” movies.

“If I look at the industry as a whole, there’s this sort of big push into superhero movies,” she opined.

Gwyneth Paltrow in "Emma."
The movie was a hit prompting Paltrow to jokingly add, “So f–k you Bill Clinton!” ©Miramax/courtesy Everett
Gwyneth Paltrow, Toni Collette in "Emma."
Paltrow starred as a meddling matchmaker in the romantic comedy. ©Miramax/Courtesy Everett Collection

“I mean, you can only make so many good ones that feel truly original and yet there’s still, you know, always trying to reach as many people as possible, which sometimes hinders quality or specificity or real point-of-views.”

The “Sliding Doors” star has stepped back from acting in the last few years to concentrate on goop — her wellness and lifestyle company.


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“I’ve never said that I am quitting acting,” she told the “Today” show’s Savannah Guthrie in an interview in 2020. “What I say is goop is my full-time passion, and being the founder and CEO of goop is what I do all day every day, and occasionally when something is the right thing and it works out around my children and my goop life, I’m able to participate.

Gwyneth Paltrow.
Paltrow has stepped back from acting to focus on her company goop. Layne Murdoch Jr.
Gwyneth Paltrow.
Goop is a wellness and lifestyle brand. Getty Images for goop

“I think I’m just not focused on full-time acting right now,” she added.

The bespoke website has shilled various objects like a vagina-scented candle.

The $75 candle, which began as a joke between Paltrow and perfumer Douglas Little, quickly sold out. It was followed by another Scandalous scented candle, dubbed “This Smells Like My Orgasm.”

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