Gwyneth Paltrow Shares Funny Response to President Bill Clinton 'Snoring Right in Front of Me' at “Emma” Screening

'Hot Ones' host Sean Evans surprised Gwyneth Paltrow with a question about a White House screening of her 1996 movie 'Emma' during Bill Clinton's presidency

<p>Matchmaker/Miramax/Kobal/Shutterstock; Diana Walker/Getty</p> Gwyneth Paltrow in 1996

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Gwyneth Paltrow in 1996's Emma and Bill Clinton

Gwyneth Paltrow is revisiting a funny memory she has of former president Bill Clinton.

During Paltrow's appearance on the latest episode of the YouTube interview series Hot Ones, the show's host Sean Evans asked the Academy Award-winning actress whether it was true that Clinton, 77, once fell asleep during a screening of her 1996 movie Emma at the White House in Washington, D.C.

"True," Paltrow, 51, answered immediately after Evan asked the question, which came after she sampled the first five hot sauces and chicken wings presented to her.

"He was snoring right in front of me," Paltrow remembered of the screening of her film, which came while Clinton was president in the 1990s. The actress sarcastically joked that she thought "Wow, I guess this is going to be a real hit movie," during the screening when she noticed the president was asleep.

"But it was, so f--- you, Bill Clinton!" she added.

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<p>Matchmaker/Miramax/Kobal/Shutterstock</p> Gwyneth Paltrow in 1996's Emma


Gwyneth Paltrow in 1996's Emma

Paltrow had a breakout role in 1996's Emma, an adaptation of the 19th-century Jane Austen novel of the same name. She starred in the romantic comedy as Emma Woodhouse, a young woman in Victorian England who plays matchmaker among her social circles until she herself marries George Knighteley (Jeremy Northam).

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The 1996 version of Emma also starred Alan Cumming, Toni Collette and Ewan McGregor. The film, written and directed by Douglas McGrath, made $22 million in its theatrical run and received nominations for Best Costume Design and Best Music at the 69th Oscars ceremony in 1997. Paltrow herself went on to win an Oscar in 1999 for her starring role in Shakespeare in Love, another movie in which she played an English character.

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Bill Clinton and Gwyneth Paltrow

Emma has been adapted for the big screen a number of times: Alicia Silverstone's movie Clueless, which released one year before Paltrow's Emma, functions as a loose retelling of the story for the '90s American audience, while Anya Taylor-Joy also starred in a 2020 remake of the story.

Paltrow, who has significantly decreased the amount of time she spends acting in recent years, spoke to her time filming Shakespeare in Love and reacted to how Hollywood movies have changed in recent years.

"I think, if I look at the industry as a whole, this sort of big push into superhero movies — you can only make so many good ones that feel truly original, and yet they're still always trying to reach as many people as possible, which sometimes hinders quality or specificity or a real point of view," she said of the industry's current status. "You're absolutely right, I grew up doing those movies, and I sometimes lament the fact that I look back at some of [mid-budget] movies I made in the '90s and think, 'That just wouldn't get made now.' "

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