Gwyneth Paltrow has spoken in her first TV interview since she and her rock star hubby Chris Martin welcomed baby daughter Apple three months ago, revealing her domestic side to chat show queen Oprah Winfrey.
The actress, assisted by her Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow co-star Jude Law, whipped up her favourite dish, flounder with miso sauce, and let the world know she has an organic cookbook in the works. And she also opened up about marriage and motherhood, finally revealing the reasoning behind her daughter's unusual name.
"Her daddy said if it's a girl, I think her name should be Apple," Gwyneth says. "It sounded so sweet and it conjured such a lovely picture for me – you know, apples are so sweet and they're wholesome and it's biblical – and I just thought it sounded so lovely and…clean! And I just thought, 'Perfect!'.
"And then she was born, and it became an international outrage. Which I found surprising because there are people named Rose or Lily or Ivy or June…or lots of pretty nouns!"
Famed for her love of yoga and all things organic, Gwyneth also admitted the "natural birth" she had hoped for 9lb 11oz Apple didn't happen as she'd planned. "I'm like the nerd, yoga, hippie person – I was going to breathe my way through, but after about 62 hours or something like that, the doctors were like, 'This is getting serious, you need to have the epidural.'"
The baby girl's arrival – which Oprah celebrated with a gift of 100 children's books to start Apple's first library – introduced Gwyneth to "a whole new dimension in emotion that I've never experienced". "In one minute you just are completely redefined," she said. "I swear, that well of emotion, it's just inexplicable. I just felt like my life is forever changed."