BY RYAN C. SHOWERS
Gwyneth Paltrow made what is most likely her final appearance as the sprightly, kooky substitute teacher, Holly Holiday, a role that, along with Pepper in “Iron Man,” helped make Paltrow’s presence in Hollywood known after a career hiatus to have two children to Chris Martin, Apple, 9, and Moses, 7, in 2010.
Paltrow’s work on Glee in season 2 was among some of the best work from the star. The quality of her acting, energy, and theatrical abilities cued my anticipation for Holly’s return for the 100th episode and the succeeding episode “New Directions.” Paltrow’s presence was held from ‘Gleeks’ until 45 minutes into the 100th episode. I cannot say her reprisal was completely satisfying in “100,” in fact her acting lacked the steam of the Holly’s original charm (not that the writers helped by making Holly’s backstory from the time she left in season 2 completely unrealistic and phony). “Happy” was a jovial performance in “100,” but I knew the best was yet to come.
In “New Directions” Paltrow was given more room to breathe and was relevant to the episode arc, unlike “100.” Paltrow resurrected Holly with more truth of the character we met three years ago. Not to mention Paltrow’s solo act in last night’s episode “Party All the Time” was glitzy, radical, and fabulous, a number that ranks with Holly Holiday’s finest songs. Considering “Glee” is breaking free from its roots, this was most likely the conclusion of Holly Holiday and I’m ‘happy’ to report the character ends in a flashy, catchy spectacle. Full performance is below (fingers crossed on another Emmy nomination for Comedy Guest Actress!)
As everyone knows by now, Paltrow and Martin announced their severance last night, which of course has resulted in jarring judgement from fans and Internet users. The phrase Paltrow used in the letter to goop.com subscribers to describe the separation, “conscious uncoupling,” in particular awoke to a jeering response. I personally find nothing wrong with the phrase, in fact, it puts a positive spin on a disheartening matter.
Hollywood Now reported a more comprehensive description of Paltrow and Martin’s split. A source close to the family commented on the truth of the split:
“It’s not a sad thing. They’re two grown-ups. They’re best friends. Most important are the kids and they will continue to co-parent. They’re in a great place. They tried, but know this a better way for them to be. They still love each other, but they realize it’s best not to be a couple anymore. They both really believed in the sanctity of marriage and the role model it provided for their kids. Both of their parents were married their entire lives, and they really wanted the same for their kids. They stuck it out for a long time. They grew apart. They fell out of love. The one thing that kept them together was the kids. The kids mean the world to them. The love was lost. They realized that they were more friends and not lovers and they were at different stages of their careers.”
Courteney Cox and David Arquette publicly announced their separation in between filming and the release of “Scream 4″ in 2010; their situation parallels to Paltrow and Martin’s decision to lead their lives independently. Like Cox and Arquette, there does not appear to be a cheating scandal to exposed, Paltrow and Martin do not hate one another, but they realized that their relationship has run its course and its time to move on to new adventures. No “good guy,” no “bad guy,” just a two parents ready to continue their lives individually.
Paltrow, Martin, Apple, and Moses at a concert via @GwynethPaltrow Twitter
Full goop Article on Conscious Uncoupling: http://www.goop.com/journal/be/conscious-uncoupling?utm_source=goop+issue&utm_campaign=e01b658d69-A_Note_From_GP_3_25_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5ad74d5855-e01b658d69-4086561