There's a reason Gwyneth Paltrow's unbilled cameo in the opening minutes of Austin Powers in Goldmember was such a surprise to audiences. "I am an excellent secret keeper," the Oscar winner boasts to TV Guide Online. "It really p---es my friends off. They're like, 'Come on!'"
Goldmember finds Paltrow camping it up as Dixie Normous, the leading lady of the movie-within-a-movie parody Austinpussy. Also appearing in the celeb-packed sequence: Steven Spielberg, Danny DeVito, Kevin Spacey and Tom Cruise who played her love interest. "I couldn't believe everybody said they would do it," Paltrow marvels. "It was just a great day, hanging out with Steven, making out with Tom Cruise. It was really fun."
As Paltrow explains, Mike Myers who appears opposite the actress in the upcoming flight attendant comedy A View From the Top approached her last year about the Powers cameo. "When [he] asked me to do it, I was like, 'Of course, I'll do anything you want me to do.' I never get to do stuff like that," says the longtime Miramax muse, who returns to her literary foothold with Possession (opening Aug. 16). "The costume designer came over for a fitting and she was like, 'Now, you're going to be in a leather catsuit,' and I'm like, 'Well, okay. This is not my normal Wednesday afternoon.'"
The soon-to-be 30-year-old thesp wasn't paid for the shagedelic spoof, but there were some groovy perks. "It was just after Sept. 11 and I had trepidation about flying out [to Los Angeles for the shoot]," she recalls. "So, [New Line exec] Bob Shaye sent me a plane, which made me very excited. So that was my payment I got a one-way trip on a private plane."