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Paltrow’s real life ‘Contagion’ issues

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow, cast member of the movie "Contagion", arrives on the red carpet at Cinema Palace during the 68th Venice Film Festival September 3, 2011. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow, cast member of the movie "Contagion", arrives on the red carpet at Cinema Palace during the 68th Venice Film Festival September 3, 2011. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Published Sep 13, 2011

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Gwyneth Paltrow admits she is “a little bit borderline” obsessive about germs.

The 38-year-old actress stars in new epidemic thriller 'Contagion' as a woman who contracts a deadly disease, and she admits the storyline had a worsening effect on her fear of nasty microbes.

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When asked if starring in the film gave her Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) on UK TV show 'Lorraine', Gwyneth replied: “There was actually a New York Observer article - they sent a microbiologist out in New York City to swab surfaces, like a clean glass in a five star restaurant, the subway, handles, and it was so disturbing what they found, and since that article I've been a hand washer.

“So this movie didn't make me any worse, but it was already a little bit borderline.”

The health conscious star – who runs the website Goop about healthy and ethical eating – has previously revealed she uses a handset which she plugs into her cell phone in order to minimise “radiation”.

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Gwyneth – who raises two children, Apple, seven, and five-year-old Moses, with her husband, Coldplay singer Chris Martin - said: “A handset cuts down on cell phone radiation. I use the YUBZ Retro Handset for my BlackBerry calls.” - Bang Showbiz

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