Gwyneth Paltrow's story is an interesting one. Gwyneth was on the way back from seeing Silence of the Lambs with her godfather, Steven Spielberg. As they were driving home, Spielberg looked in the rearview mirror to see her expression--- the expression that would inspire him to cast her as the young "Wendy" in his film, Hook.
"I turned around and said, 'Do you want to make a movie?' She got a SAG (Screen Actors Guild) card because of it."She started the next day on the set. And look how far she's come since receiving her SAG card!
At the 5th Annual SAG Awards Gwyneth won two Actors for her role in Shakespeare in Love--- one for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role and the other for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Here's her acceptance speech for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:
"It’s so heavy, my God.
I really, Kate, I thought you were going to get it. I was positive, I really, I haven’t prepared anything.
Thank you so much. Thank you so much. This is such an honor. To be recognized by my peers and you’ll never know quite what this means to me. There are many people to thank. Starting with Miramax Films, Harvey Weinstein especially. John Madden, the most talented director ever in the history of the whole world. Our extraordinary cast: Simon, Joseph, Judi, Geoffrey and to everybody, the best cast ever. And especially Ben Affleck, my great friend.
I would like to thank my agent, Rick Kurtsman, who took me on when I hadn’t done anything and had such faith in me – thank you so much.
I would like to thank Steven Bain and Harold Brown and Stuart Gellnard.
I would like to dedicate this award to the most beautiful profound actor that I know, my mother, Blythe Danner [Applause] is the reason I wanted to do this. Mommy I love you so much.Thank you so much. [Applause]"