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Gwyneth Paltrow says Bill Clinton slept through a White House screening of her Jane Austen adaptation: 'He was snoring right in front of me'

Gwyneth Paltrow has jokingly cursed out former President Bill Clinton for falling asleep during a showing of her 1996 film "Emma."
Gwyneth Paltrow jokingly cursed out former President Bill Clinton for falling asleep during a showing of her 1996 film "Emma."Theo Wargo/WireImage/Getty Images, Jeff Fusco/Getty Images
  • Gwyneth Paltrow said Bill Clinton fell asleep while watching one of her movies with her.

  • Appearing on "Hot Ones," she said that the former president "was snoring right in front of me."

  • The response made Paltrow doubt her 1996 movie "Emma." It made $40 million — five times its budget.

Gwyneth Paltrow jokingly cursed out former President Bill Clinton for falling asleep during a showing of her 1996 film "Emma."

Appearing on First We Feast's viral YouTube interview series, "Hot Ones," one of the hosts, Sean Evans, asked Paltrow about the rumor that Clinton "passed out asleep" during a White House screening of the Jane Austen adaptation.

"True," she said, laughing. "He was snoring right in front of me."

"I was like, 'Wow, I guess this is going to be a real hit movie,'" she said sarcastically. "But it was! So fuck you, Bill Clinton!"

The Goop founder appeared in the lead role of the matchmaking but naive Emma Woodhouse in the period drama, which also starred Toni Collette, Alan Cumming, and Ewan McGregor.

Despite Clinton's response to the film, "Emma" received generally positive reviews from critics and was nominated for two Academy Awards, one for costume design and another for original score. It won the Oscar in the latter category.

At the box office, it made $40 million worldwide on a budget of less than $8 million, Variety reported. It still holds a certified fresh rating on the review-aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes.

Paltrow's role in "Emma" came two years before Paltrow's Oscar-winning performance in another period piece, "Shakespeare in Love."

Appearing on the podcast "Call Her Daddy" last year, Paltrow reflected on the public backlash she received after delivering her emotional acceptance speech after being named best actress at the awards in 1998.

Jeremy Northam and Gwyneth Paltrow in "Emma" (1996).
Jeremy Northam and Gwyneth Paltrow in the 1996 film "Emma."Miramax

She said she experienced an "identity crisis" following the big night because "people were so mean" about her crying onstage.

"Once I won the Oscar, it put me into a bit of an identity crisis, because if you win the biggest prize, like, what are you supposed to do? And where are you supposed to go?" she told the host, Alex Cooper.

Paltrow said the experience was "disorienting" and "really unhealthy," adding: "I was like, 'This is crazy. I don't know what to do. I don't know which way is up.' It was a lot."

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