Steven Spielberg explains how Gwyneth Paltrow got her role in ‘Hook’

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow got her big break as a young Wendy Darling in Steven Spielberg’s ‘Hook’ during a drive back home.

Spielberg, who had taken Paltrow for a screening of ‘The Silence Of The Lambs’, says he was driving when he caught Paltrow’s terrified expression in the rear-view mirror as she quizzed him about the film – and knew he’d found the star of his 1991 film, reported Daily Star.

“Bruce (Paltrow – Gwyneth’s late father) and Kate (Capshaw – Spielberg’s wife) and I had taken Gwynnie to see The Silence of the Lambs… We were driving back from the movie theatre, and I was going back to work (on Hook) the next day.

“I was looking in the rear-view mirror and she was talking about the film and she had this really frightened look on her face, and it suddenly clicked, and I said, ‘Hey, you could be the young Wendy! You could be the young Maggie Smith’,” Spielberg said.

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