OSCAR-winning actor Gwyneth Paltrow insisted today that contrary to a recent article in a European newspaper, she feels "proud to be American" and would never compare her homeland unfavourably to Britain.
In a statement issued through People magazine's website, Paltrow said she was "deeply upset" by remarks attributed to her by the Portuguese newspaper Diario de Noticias, which quoted the actor as saying: "The British are much more intelligent and civilised than the Americans".
"I never, ever would have said that," said Paltrow, 34, who is married to British rock star Chris Martin, the lead singer of Coldplay, and lives part time with him and their two children in London.
"I feel so lucky to be American,and so proud to be American" she said.
Paltrow denies giving an interview to the Portuguese daily, though she did speak at a news conference in Spanish, according to People.
"I said that Europe is a much older culture, and there's a difference. I always say in America, people live to work, and in Europe, people work to live. There are positives in both," she said.
"Obviously, I need to go back to seventh-grade Spanish."