Gwyneth Paltrow Suggests 9-to-5 Working Moms Have It Easier Than Movie Stars

By Sam Schulz
|  Saturday, Mar 29, 2014  |  Updated 7:36 AM PDT
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Gwyneth Paltrow, whose breezy comments on privilege have won her plenty of attention in the past, is drawing outrage again, even amid her high-profile marriage break-up.

The actress told E! recently, just before announcing her separation from husband and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, that she plans to take time off from acting to focus on her kids.

But it was her comment on the travails of being a top actress, and the way some said she seemed to suggest ordinary working moms have it better, that has really rankled some women.

"I think it's different when you have an office job, because it's routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening," she said — nothing like the demands of shooting Hollywood movies.

"When you're shooting a movie, they're like, 'We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,' and then you work 14 hours a day, and that part of it is very difficult," she said. "I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as — of course there are challenges, but it's not like being on set."

The remarks earned condemnation across the Web for being tone-deaf. One working mom wrote a sarcastic open letter published by the New York Post that called out Paltrow.

Read more of the interview at E!.

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