When Gwyneth Paltrow’s daughter turned 14, the actress wanted to mark the occasion. So she posted a rare photo of Apple on Instagram. And people couldn’t believe how much the teen takes after her famous mom.
Paltrow is the daughter of actress Blythe Danner and the late Bruce Paltrow, who was a screenwriter. The 45-year-old made her screen debut in 1989 with an appearance in a movie her father was working on. It seems that she caught the acting bug, and it wasn’t long before she started landing bigger parts.
After appearing in Hook, Flesh And Bone and Se7en, Paltrow scored her first starring role. It was in the film adaptation of the Jane Austen novel Emma. Paltrow quickly became very in-demand and went on to win an Academy Award for her appearance in 1998’s Shakespeare In Love.
As Paltrow’s career took off, so did her love life. She started dating her Se7en co-star Brad Pitt in 1994, and they became engaged a couple of years later. The actress was just 24 years old at the time. In 1997 she ended the engagement because she realized she didn’t want to get married yet.
Paltrow then had an on-again off-again relationship with Ben Affleck that lasted until 2000. Two years later, her father died from cancer complications and pneumonia while in Rome for her 30th birthday. And just three weeks after that, she met Chris Martin in October 2002.
The star had gone to see his band Coldplay and was introduced to the singer backstage. They soon began dating and married in Southern California in December 2003. Paltrow’s mother has since revealed that the hit Coldplay song “Fix You” was about the actress losing her father.
In May of 2004, Paltrow gave birth to a daughter. The couple decided to name her Apple. And the actress explained the meaning behind the unusual moniker during an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Paltrow said that Martin, 41, had been the one to choose the name. “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!” she told Oprah. “And I just thought, ‘Perfect!’”
Paltrow and Martin had a son two years later and named him Moses, after a Coldplay song of the same name that he had written before they got married. Afterward, Paltrow suffered from postpartum depression. “I felt like a zombie. I couldn’t access my heart. I couldn’t access my emotions. I couldn’t connect,” she told Good Housekeeping.
Paltrow continued, “It was terrible, it was the exact opposite of what had happened when Apple was born. With her, I was on cloud nine. I couldn’t believe it wasn’t the same. I just thought it meant I was a terrible mother and a terrible person.”
In March 2014 Paltrow and Martin decided to end their 10-year marriage. The stars revealed they were “consciously uncoupling” but would co-parent their children. Apple and Moses divide their time between their mother and father.
And the youngsters seem poised to follow their parents into showbusiness. In 2016 Apple took the stage with her father at a charity fundraiser and sang a rendition of Ariana Grande’s “Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart.” Moses also performed “House Of Gold” by Twenty One Pilots.
The children clearly have their dad’s singing talent. And he’s helping them to be musical in other ways too. An Instagram video from March showed Martin teaching his daughter how to play “Blackbird” by The Beatles on the guitar.
While the couple were famously private during their relationship, Paltrow began sharing occasional photos of the kids after their split. And on Mother’s Day in 2018, she posted a snapshot of herself naked while heavily pregnant with Apple. “Fourteen years ago on the verge of a life changing morning,” she wrote in the caption.
But it was the picture she shared the next day that really captured the attention of her fans. The image was a close-up photo of Apple. Paltrow put it on Instagram in honor of her daughter’s 14th birthday on May 14, 2018.
“Happy birthday, my darling girl. You make everyday feel like Christmas morning. You are the most vibrant, hilarious, twirling all over the place, beautiful (inside and out) young woman,” Paltrow wrote. “You are an amazing thinker and an incredible songwriter. Thanks for still hanging out with me, even though you are 14.” And people were shocked by how much Apple looked like her mom.
Apple appears to have her mother’s lips, facial structure and naturally dark blonde hair. She also has bright blue eyes like both of her famous parents and seems to have her father’s nose. But it’s easy to see that Apple is almost the spitting image of her mom when she was younger.
Moses also has his mother’s nose and smile and blue eyes like his sister. After Paltrow shared the photo of her daughter, the comments began flooding in. The Instagram image received more than 330,000 likes and nearly 4,000 comments, many of which were about Apple’s resemblance to her mother.
“Oh my goodness, she is so gorgeous. Such a perfect fusion of her parents,” one Instagram user shared. Several people said she “looks just like” Paltrow, and another commenter added, “You two are literally twins.”
Paltrow is now engaged to Brad Falchuk, but she’s still friendly with her ex-husband. And while their children hang out with stars such as Beyoncé and Jay-Z, they make sure that Apple and Moses “have good heads on their shoulders.” Paltrow told Entertainment Tonight, “They’re really polite and they have a lot of empathy. I hope that it’ll just continue that way. They definitely have a unique life experience, so it’s our job to keep them as grounded as we can.”