July 6, 2009 in Features

Her love for Spain is plain

Sigal Ratner-Arias Associated Press
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Gwyneth Paltrow speaks almost perfect Spanish – and she does it with an Iberian accent.

The Oscar-winning actress says she traveled to Spain as a teenager, fell in love with the country, and embraces the culture to the point that she visits at least once a year and makes sure her young children, Apple and Moses, also speak the language.

Paltrow says Spain “became a second home.”

“It is so different from the United States,” she says. “It seemed to have a history, and the buildings are years and years and years old.

“Here in the United States an old building is about 17 (years old), and over there it’s from 500 B.C. – it’s incredible.

“Also, the way people live over there. They seem to enjoy life a little bit more. They aren’t running around as much as in New York. They enjoy time with the family. They don’t always have their BlackBerries on.”

The 36-year-old actress, who is married to Coldplay’s Chris Martin, says she talks to her children in Spanish.

“Moses speaks a little bit, but understands everything. Apple speaks a lot,” she says.

Paltrow shot “Spain … on the Road Again” with chef Mario Batali, cooking expert Mark Bittman and actress Claudia Bassols.

She’s also writing a book on U.S. cuisine with Spanish influence that is due out next year, and recently launched a Spanish-language version of her Web site, GOOP.com, a weekly bulletin in which she writes on topics ranging from health advice and travel to fashion and cooking.

The birthday bunch

Actor William Schallert (“The Patty Duke Show”) is 87. Actress-singer Della Reese is 78. Actor Ned Beatty is 72. Actor Burt Ward (“Batman”) is 64. Actor Fred Dryer is 63. Actor Sylvester Stallone is 63. Actor Geoffrey Rush is 58. Actor Grant Goodeve (“Eight is Enough”) is 57. Singer Nanci Griffith is 56. Rapper 50 Cent is 33. Actresses Tia and Tamera Mowry (“Sister, Sister”) are 31. Actor Jeremy Suarez (“Bernie Mac”) is 19.

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