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Los Angeles Premiere of "Country Strong". .The Academy, Beverly Hills, CA.December 14, 2010. (Bauer Griffin)more pics »Gwyneth Paltrow is just a "normal girl," according to Coldplay roadie Matt McGinn, who just wrote a book about his travels with the band. McGinn detailed his first interactions with the actress in the new read, including the time he apologized to her after making a joke about her then-boyfriend (now husband), Chris Martin.
In an extract from his new book Roadie: My Life on the Road with Coldplay, he revealed: "Gwyneth asked me, 'Are you the Matt that plays guitar on 'Yellow'? Wow, I thought. A proper actress has heard of me. 'Yeah, that's right'. 'Well, it sounds great!' Bless her. I was lost for a moment, so – for better or worse – I decided to act cocky, since the only alternative would have been to go bright red.
"It was a big gamble, but I went with, 'Cheers. So, do you think I play it better than your boyfriend?' It hit the spot; she laughed. “Afterwards I felt a bit guilty for throwing a nice compliment back in her face, and said sorry a few days later; but she brushed it off and asked, 'Why are English guys always apologizing?’ ”
Matt has nothing but praise for Gwyneth – who now has two children, Apple, six, and Moses, four, with Chris - and says the Oscar-winning star is "just a normal girl".
He added: "Obviously, when I got home and saw my pals again for a pint, one of the first things they asked was, 'Well then, did you meet Gwyneth? What's she like? Yeah I did. And she's great. She’s just a normal girl, really. Well, except for the rock star husband."
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