OUR COVER STAR
HOW DID GOOP BEGIN?
I have had this very crazy, fortunate life where I got to do so many things at such a young age. At 21, I was doing a movie in France where I got to stay in Bordeaux at an incredible winery, tour the region, learn about Bordeaux wines, taste them all and find my favourites. So people started asking me for advice: “What did you like? What should I get?”
At 25, I bought a house and redid it. People wanted to know all about that. My friends would ask: “I’m looking for this kind of tile and you just did your house...” so I started accumulating all this information.
It then occurred to me that it was so cool that I had access to these amazing people. I would be at a conference and meet a nutritionist at the forefront of cutting-edge science and learn all about this cool stuff and I thought, surely there is a mother in Ohio who would love to have this information but does not have access to it.
Or, if I get to ask Kate Moss what the best vintage clothing store in London is, then why shouldn’t you know that too? So, I just thought it would be fun to share it with people.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT FROM CREATING THIS BUSINESS?
One thing I have learnt through the harder things in life is that you must not fear suffering. Suffering gets rid of negativity and brings you closer to spirituality.
In my early 20s, somebody asked me what my absolute biggest fear was. I said it would be my father dying. When it did eventually happen, it was very tough. It is still very hard for me, even years later.
But it has taught me that to fear suffering, to fear bad things happening to you, is a real waste of energy. I believe that everything happens for a reason. Nothing is random or occurs by chance. I try not to be in fear of the fear.
WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?
As corny as it sounds, it is the simplest things in life that have made me so happy, like slowing down, cooking for my family, having kids that are healthy. It is the relationships you have that makes you happy. I am very lucky to have two healthy children because they keep me so grounded. It is great to have money, but if it was taken away and all I had was my family, I would be OK.
GOOP IS DESCRIBED AS A “MODERN LIFESTYLE BRAND”, BUT YOU DRAW ON ANCIENT TECHNIQUES SUCH AS MEDITATION TO COPE WITH THE STRESSES OF 21ST CENTURY LIVING...
I am interested in any spiritual practice, whether it is Buddhism or Kabbalah etc. I read everything. I enjoy reading about Eastern philosophies. The interesting thing is, they all say exactly the same thing. It boils down to the same idea.
I was reading these articles about how meditation affects your brain, and how it connects your different cortexes, integrates your left and right side, and lowers your blood pressure. So I started doing it. I am not as consistent as I want to be, but it is very cool and interesting to see what comes up. You really can tell where you are emotionally.
HOW HAVE YOUR EXPERIENCES AS A VEGAN INFLUENCED WHAT YOU SHARE THROUGH GOOP?
The big things are processed food and foods that have tons of chemicals and pesticides. I try to stay away from that.
“We are a pret balanced house. I mean, kids eat sugar... that’s how it goes. But we have organic snacks and Oreos too ”
I love French fries, cheese, martinis and all that kind of thing. We are a pretty balanced house. I mean, kids eat sugar... that’s how it goes. But we have organic snacks and Oreos too.
When my dad got sick, I was 26 years old. It was the first time I contemplated that somebody could have autonomy over their health. While he was having radiation, surgery and eating through a feeding tube, I thought, “Well, I am pushing this can of processed protein directly into his stomach!”.
I remember thinking, “There is a bunch of chemicals in this shit!”
That was when I started doing a lot of research on cancer and the effects of sugar, environmental toxins, pesticides and everything else.
As soon as you test something and it works, and you start feeling better, you really catch that wellness bug.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE THAT YOUR LEGACY AS A BUSINESSWOMAN AND “LIFESTYLE GURU” WILL BE?
It is important to live as authentically as you can. You should try to do your best, do the things that are meaningful to you, and not worry about what other people think. I have learnt to be more fearless and just let all my anxieties go. It is very liberating and empowering.
I like to think of myself as a good person who is simply trying to share some of my experiences. I try to look at the big picture and share about the things that I am interested in.