Gwyneth Paltrow Opens Up About Being a Stepmom to Brad Falchuk’s Kids

Gwyneth Paltrow has two kids of her own, but her family significantly expanded when she tied the knot with Brad Falchuk. Being a stepmom was a brand-new experience for the Goop founder, and she revealed how she adjusted to this major life transition.

Paltrow has two kids with ex-husband Chris Martin: the 17-year-old son Moses and 19-year-old daughter Apple Martin, but she’s a stepmom to two more. After tying the knot with Brad Falchuk, she developed a special bond with his son Brody and daughter Isabella.

Paltrow admitted she was “trying to avoid land mines” in the beginning because most of the existing media represents stepmothers in an evil and villainous light. She was also coming into a family that already had established dynamics but eventually found it pretty easy to adjust.

“The minute I decided, and fully embodied the idea that my step kids were my kids and I love them just as much and I gave them the same rules and boundaries, and just kind of whole-heartedly went for it, then the easier the whole thing got. And now it’s pretty great,” said Paltrow in an Instagram Q&A.

She also opened up about similarities she shares with her children in her installment of Vogue‘s 73 Questions series and said that Moses has her deliberation while Apple shares the same sense of humor.