This year marked the 20th anniversary of Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums and to celebrate, the film received a special screening at this year's Tribeca Film Festival in New York. The film was followed by a pre-recorded panel featuring Anderson and the film's stars including Paltrow who revealed that this film has the only one of her scenes that she enjoys watching.
Gwyneth Paltrow has had a lot of success in her acting career that has already spanned three decades. Having worked for several acclaimed directors in that time including Steven Spielberg and David Fincher. Paltrow has even won an Academy Award for her role in Shakespeare in Love.
In recent years, Paltrow's screen presence has been dominated by her recurring role as Pepper Potts in the blockbuster MCU franchise. But despite an enviable list of credits, the actress has been vocal in the past about not watching her own movies. MCU fans may even remember in 2019 when Paltrow had to be reminded that she was in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Paltrow was a guest of the first season of Netflix's The Chef Show, in which Jon Favreau and Roy Choi invite a celebrity to help them cook recipes. Favreau of course being a significant part of the MCU both behind and in front of the camera himself, referenced a time when the pair were in Spider-Man: Homecoming together.
Paltrow repeatedly responded that she wasn't in that movie despite prompts from both Favreau and Choi. However, she was actually in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Although to be fair, it was only a brief cameo role towards the end of the movie.
The Royal Tenenbaums is the one exception for Paltrow and even then it seems it's one scene in particular which she is drawn back to. The film centers on a quirky and estranged family who are brought together when their father announces that he is close to death. Paltrow plays Margot Tenenbaum an acclaimed playwright and the scene in question is when she is first reunited with her half-brother Richie Tenenbaum played by Luke Wilson.
The pair have been secretly in love since they were young but have for obvious reasons rejected those impulses in their adult lives. In the scene, Margot steps down from the bus on her way home and finds Richie waiting at the terminal for her. The pair share a tender glance as the film enters an extended period of slow-motion silence.
"These Days" by Nico plays as the camera cuts back and forth between the two before Margot expresses her gladness to see Richie again and moves in for a simple hug. It's not so much what happens within the scene though, as the real-world context around it that makes it a special moment for Paltrow.
"My dad was there, and it was this very special day," she explained. "I really hate, hate seeing myself in a movie ever. That's kind of like the only scene that I can watch of myself, like of my whole career." Paltrow's father passed away just one year later.