Gwyneth Paltrow has defended her bizarre walk onstage during the 2019 Emmy Awards, insisting she “looked normal”.
The Oscar winner was on hand to present the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series at the ceremony on Sunday, and raised eyebrows when she shuffled slowly across the stage.
Paltrow, who was wearing a vintage couture black-and-white Valentino gown from 1963, defended her unusual walk in an interview on the U.S. talk show Today, saying she didn’t understand what the fuss was about.
“I think I looked pretty normal, too. I don’t totally get it,” she replied, as host Savannah Guthrie noted that she thought the 47-year-old actress was “shimmying”.
She went on to explain that her stunning gown, which featured a black sheer top and a white skirt, wasn’t easy to walk around in and offered her limited movement.
“There was no slit in the back of the dress,” Paltrow shared. “So I didn’t want to chop a slit in it.”
Her stylist, Elizabeth Saltzman, made similar comments to The Hollywood Reporter, and revealed she refused to cut a slit in the 56-year-old dress.
“In 1963 there were no back slits! It was not that she was having this fabulous walk, which she already has. In order to keep the dress authentic, I didn’t want to change Mr. Valentino’s design,” she explained.
Paltrow attended the Emmys with her husband Brad Falchuk, 48, who serves as executive producer on the FX show Pose, which was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, but lost out to Game of Thrones.