Gwyneth Paltrow puts motherhood and marriage before career.

Gwyneth Paltrow puts motherhood and marriage before career.

Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow has accepted the fact she may never take on another big starring role because it's a sacrifice she is happy to make to be a good wife and mother.

Paltrow has scaled back the number of movies she makes after becoming a mum to her first child, daughter Apple, in 2004 and has opted instead to take on smaller roles in films like Contagion and the Iron Man franchise.

Some women can do it and that's fantastic, but I can't. You make choices as a wife and mother, don't you? You can't have it all. 

The actress admits it was a conscious decision to spend as little time away from her family as possible and she had no problem giving up her hectic work schedule to ensure she was the best wife to her rocker husband Chris Martin and the number one mum for her two kids.

Gwyneth at her latest red carpet appearance.

Gwyneth at her latest red carpet appearance.

In an interview with her designer pal Diane von Furstenberg for America's InStyle magazine, she says when she first started out in acting she was "connected to the artist" within her. "But at some point, I got out of touch with why I was acting. Then my father died (in 2002), and I took time off to reassess and be with my kids," Paltrow says.

"I haven't starred in a movie since I was pregnant with my daughter; I can't be away from home that long. I look for an interesting supporting part I can do about once a year. That's the most I can manage. Some women can do it and that's fantastic, but I can't. You make choices as a wife and mother, don't you? You can't have it all."

Gwyneth’s strict attitude to food and exercise is well-documented but it seems she is equally as strict with her children’s television viewing.

Gwyneth Paltrow with her kids, Apple and Moses, on set.

Gwyneth Paltrow with her kids, Apple and Moses, on set.

Her two children, eight-year-old Apple and six-year-old Moses, are forbidden from watching English-speaking shows and only allowed to watch television in French or Spanish.

“When I'm in France, I go to [Boulevard] Beaumarchais and buy all their cartoons,” says Gwyneth to InStyle magazine.

Much to the distaste of her daughter who is, according to Gwyneth, quite “cross” at having her television viewing so restricted.

Perhaps she can convince her mother to make an exception for the next Iron Man sequel, in which Gwyneth reprises her role as Virginia ‘Pepper’ Potts alongside Robert Downey Jr.