CULVER CITY, Calif. – Meg Ryan never intended to be America’s Sweetheart.
Today, it’s a crown so dusty and fraught with the residue of gender inequity that it might as well be retired in the Smithsonian. But back in Ryan’s Sleepless in Seattle days, the happy-go-lucky title was baked into her narrative.
The reductive media glare prompted the actress to back out of the spotlight completely a decade ago, the actress told Gwyneth Paltrow at the Goop In Health Summit Saturday.
And she doesn’t appear to have looked back.
“You know, I never wanted to be an actress,” Ryan confessed. “The whole idea of being a famous person, the whole thing, I felt like a witness to. I didn’t feel exactly in it. And I think that was a really good thing. Because I felt like a student of it in a way, that I was watching it (unfold) in an anthropological way.”
Ryan closed Paltrow’s third-ever Goop health conference with a talk that was marked by its frankness. “When you get labeled anything, like America’s Sweetheart – I didn’t even know what that meant,” said Ryan, recalling how Nora Ephron (who wrote When Harry Met Sally and directed her in Sleepless in Seattle) resurrected the Old Hollywood term when describing her.
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