Gwyneth Paltrow is the most glamorous grocery shopper of all time in the recent photo spread for Harper's Bazaar's November issue.
The 44-year-old mother of two puts on a leggy display as she poses in a teeny black bikini, matching high heels, a sexy monokini and a curve-hugging black dress, all the while roaming the aisles of a cereal-filled supermarket.
The bizarre, high-fashion photos accompany Paltrow's interview with "Full Frontal" host Samantha Bee in which she recalls the time her father called her an "a--hole" and reveals what it's really like to be friends with Beyonce Knowles.
Paltrow says that upon winning an Oscar for "Shakespeare in Love" when she was "maybe 27 years old," she started to believe her own "hype." That's when her father, Bruce Paltrow, gave her a wake-up call. "I was sitting with my dad, feeling great about my life and everything that was happening, and he was like, 'You know, you're getting a little weird...You're kind of an a--hole,' And I was like, 'What the hell?' I was totally devastated," she admits. "But it turned out to be basically the best thing that ever happened to me."
Paltrow adds that once a person is in their 40s, the "a--hole" phase should be over. "If you haven't taken all of life's incredible knocks and disappointments and used them to become a fully integrated, self-expressing person by the time you're 40, then what can I tell you?" she proclaims.
The Goop mogul has sought to instill this no-nonsense attitude into her children, Apple, 12 and Moses, 10. "In my case, I've borne these two kids into a particularly strange circumstance. They are going to have to fend off a lot and protect themselves from a lot of projections and prejudice about who they are, coming from the family that they come from," she explains. "My daughter [Apple] is super ballsy. I always follow her lead. I actually don't need to encourage her to take risks. She likes to push herself; she wants to see how far she can get. It's really inspiring to see that in a young woman."
As for the Queen Bey, the actress says her famous friend is surprisingly "shy" in real life. "If you met her and you didn't know who she was or what she did, it would be inconceivable to you that she was Beyonce," Paltrow confides. "Some really famous people, even when they're off-duty, have this energy that is sort of overpowering. She does not have that."
"[Beyonce] is so dialed down. She's the sweetest mother," she continues. "You would not believe she is Beyonce Knowles. You would be like, 'No, that was not her.' And that's why when I see her perform, I'm like, 'Oh, sh-t, I forgot.'"