Gwyneth Paltrow’s Husband Referenced ‘Shakespeare in Love’ in His Wedding Vows

brad gwynethBrad Falchuk and Gwyneth Paltrow attend Ryan Murphy's Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony in December 2018. (Shutterstock)

It’s life imitating art, at least according to Brad Falchuk. In a new Variety interview published Tuesday, February 19, Gwyneth Paltrow revealed that her husband referenced one of her best-known films, Shakespeare in Love, in his wedding vows during their Hamptons ceremony last September.

“I hope this isn’t too personal, but in my husband’s wedding vows, he actually said it’s no coincidence that I played this muse,” Paltrow said of her character, Viola, in the smash 1998 Oscar-winning film. “Because that’s who I am to him, and his perception is that’s who I am in real life. It was really sweet.”

Paltrow and Falchuk married on her property in the Hamptons last fall over the course of a star-studded, celebratory weekend. The festivities kicked off with a welcome dinner at Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld’s home in East Hampton, where guests were treated to a delicious menu prepared by renowned Argentinian chef Francis Mallman. About 70 people witnessed Falchuk’s wedding vows the day of the nuptials, including Cameron Diaz, Robert Downey Jr. (who toasted to the newlyweds), and other big Hollywood figures.

For context: Paltrow served as the muse for Joseph Fiennes’s young William Shakespeare in the romantic period drama that swept Academy Award accolades in 1999. Twenty years later, Paltrow detailed in her interview with Variety that she nearly turned down the role, which was originally intended for Julia Roberts and briefly went to Kate Winslet.

“The movie had many iterations,” Paltrow recalled. “Julia Roberts was going to do it for a long time, and then that version fell apart. It ended up in Miramax, and I was the first person they offered it to… I was in the middle of a terrible breakup.” (At the time, Paltrow had split from Brad Pitt.) “The idea of going to England and being far from home just seemed…” she trailed. “I didn’t even read it. I was just like, ‘I can’t read anything right now. I’m having a really hard time.’”

Eventually, Paltrow read the script and enthusiastically agreed to the role. “I just couldn’t put it down,” she recalled. “It was perfect.”

Since the nuptials, Falchuk and Paltrow have been experiencing newlywed bliss. The Glee co-creator took to Instagram on Valentine’s Day to share a selfie with his wife. “Holy f—k am I in love with you,” he wrote on February 14. “Happy Valentine’s Day.”


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That wasn’t his only adoring public declaration of love for Paltrow. A few weeks after his wedding, Falchuk posted a photo of the actress cozied up on the beach.

“When was this photo taken? 1940? ‘50? ‘70? Last summer? It’s this timeless beauty’s birthday today,” he wrote in another sentimental post. “She was born with endless gifts – big blue eyes, a brain and heart overflowing with curiosity, generosity and possibility and those heartbreakingly long legs that go on and on – but she never rests on any of them. Gwyneth, you are the hardest working person I know. From your first cup of coffee in the morning to your last cup of whiskey at night. From the gym to the office to homework at the kitchen table. You give us all of you, all the time. And always with a smile (well, almost always). Maybe that’s why, even though you are the best person ever, you keep getting better every year. Happy birthday, Love.”

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.