One of the highest-grossing movies of all time could have had a different lead actress. During an interview with Howard Stern, Paltrow touched on a surprising number of movies she turned down, including “Boogie Nights.” But the biggest missed opportunity was James Cameron’s 1997 epic “Titanic,” which catapulted Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet to superstardom. According to the interview, Paltrow might have been the one who survived the infamous floating door scene from “Titanic.”
Asked about the film, Paltrow gave evasive answers. “I know the story is that I turned it down. I think I was really in contention for that — I was one of the bottom two,” the actor said (via Us Magazine). Luckily for her, Paltrow doesn’t let these missed opportunities get to her. “You look at the big picture and think: there’s a universal lesson here. What’s the point of clinging to roles?” Paltrow concluded.
Although “Titanic” became a huge hit, Paltrow had a big hit with a different movie a year later. She won the Best Actress Oscar in 1999 for her role in ‘Shakespeare in Love’. Since then, she’s starred in big-budget movies and indies, appeared on numerous TV shows including “The Goop Lab” on Netflix, and of course kickstarted the entire MCU with her instrumental role as Pepper Potts. in “Iron Man”. which she repeated many times.