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With all the yoga, macrobiotic cooking and spiritual exploration that Gwyneth Paltrow does, you'd think she'd be the calmest actress in the universe. However, there's at least one thing that can still turn the mother of two into a nervous wreck: singing in front of a live audience. Paltrow, 38, will be performing the title track from her upcoming film Country Strong at Wednesday's Country Music Awards -- and although she did her own singing (and guitar-playing!) in the film, she still has some serious stage fright.
"I was really bad last week; I lost my appetite and I couldn't sleep," Paltrow confessed at the movie's Nashville premiere. The actress, who has been preparing for the performance for weeks, added that "if I can keep my nerves under control I can survive it."
What's got he almost-annoyingly perfect actress so worked up? Paltrow, as we've mentioned before, isn't exactly a down-home country girl. She knows that she'll be facing a tough crowd at the CMAs. If Paltrow doesn't give a totally authentic performance, she may lose her country-music cred entirely. Basically, the whole audience for Country Strong (not to mention the official soundtrack) may hang in the balance. Talk about pressure!
Then again, maybe it's more personal for Gwyneth Paltrow. She is, after all, married to Coldplay's Chris Martin, and she's been known to pal around with music legends like Madonna and Elton John. Perhaps she feels that she needs to live up to her friends' and husband's super-high standards, even though she's more actress than singer.
And we can think of one more reason she might be nervous: she doesn't want to let Nashville down. It seems that the urban sophisticate actress fell a little bit in love with the country scene while she was working on Country Strong. Maybe she just really, really wants to be a part of it. Paltrow even gushed on the red carpet that she dreams of relocating to Tennessee.
"My dream is to have land somewhere outside of Nashville and have a big organic farm outside of the city," Paltrow told reporters.
We'll all have to tune in on Wednesday night to see if Gwyneth Paltrow can unleash her inner cowgirl!
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