updated 12/11/2012 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 12/11/2012 AT 10:00 AM ET
Maybe she’s born with it. Or maybe a trainer whipped her into shape.
Enter Tracy Anderson. Without bothering to butter her up, Anderson quickly went to work on the Oscar winner.
“She was this force from the second I met her,” Paltrow, 40, tells Redbook in its January issue, on newsstands Dec. 18.
“She pulled my pants off. I’ll never forget it. She was like, ‘Oh, my God, wow, I just am so surprised, because you look so good in clothes. I wasn’t expecting this.’ ”