Actress Gwyneth Paltrow Is Said to Plan to Convert to Judaism

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Gwyneth Paltrow during her appearance on NBC's geneology program Who Do You Think You Are? (Photo courtesy of NBC)

The actress Gwyneth Paltrow, star of films as diverse as "Sliding Doors" and "Iron Man," is converting to Judaism, media reports say.

Paltrow's father, the producer Bruce Paltrow, was Jewish while her mother, the actress Blythe Danner, is Christian, reports say. The New York Post's Page Six reported that Paltrow has said she was raised in both religions. By a strict reading of Jewish law, a Jew must be born of a Jewish mother or convert to the faith.

Sources told the Post that the actress, who turns 42 later this month, determined to convert after splitting with her husband, Chris Martin, earlier this year. She also has studied kabbalah – Jewish spiritual wisdom – for some years, the paper reported.

The Post said Paltrow's representative didn't return requests for comment.

Both a 2011 NBC broadcast and a 2006 interview with the U.K. Guardian described that Paltrow's father's family came from a line of rabbis, the Post reported.

After the broadcast, she said she wanted to raise her kids – Apple, who is 10, and Moses, 8 – in a Jewish environment, the Post reported. Chris Martin is Christian, the paper reported.