Ruth Jones: ‘Gwyneth wasn’t friendly’

Ruth Jones has recalled how her attempts to befriend Gwyneth Paltrow when they worked together on a film fell flat.

The Gavin And Stacey star appeared in a film adaptation of Emma, starring Hollywood actress Gwyneth, and told the Reader’s Digest how she tried to bond with her over her Welsh roots.

Ruth said: “I got a part in the film Emma in which Gwyneth was playing the lead.

“She was going out with Brad Pitt at the time. I asked her if, with a name like Gwyneth, she had any Welsh connections.

“She wasn’t terribly friendly. I thought, ‘Where I come from, it’s an old ladies’ name anyway!’.”

The 45-year-old actress and writer – who will soon be appearing in new Sky1 comedy drama Stella – also revealed how she failed to get a place to study drama at Manchester University after she admitted to reading Jackie Collins’ Hollywood Wives at her interview.

Ruth said: “Unsurprisingly, I didn’t get a place there – but, years later, I had dinner with Jackie Collins. She’s a Gavin And Stacey fan.

“I told her that story, and she gave me a signed copy of her latest book – so that worked out alright in the end!”

Stella starts on Friday January 6, 2012, at 9pm on Sky1