NBC's new fall comedy "The New Normal" is already generating plenty of press, both good and bad. But one big-time celebrity cameo has somehow managed to fly under the radar so far: An uncredited Gwyneth Paltrow pops up in the series premiere with a clever cameo -- which you can watch in the clip above.
The Goop goddess plays Abby, one of the possible egg donors that gay couple Bryan and David (Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha) are considering to help them make their baby. Bryan and David are looking through video profiles when they stumble upon Abby, who admits in a dour monotone that "people say I look a lot like Gwyneth Paltrow..." Needless to say, the boys rush to the phone to call her in, determined to have a half-Gwyneth baby of their very own.
It may seem strange that an Oscar winner like Paltrow would agree to a one-joke cameo on a new show, but it makes sense when you realize who's behind "The New Normal": producer Ryan Murphy. The Paltrow-Murphy connection goes all the way back to his 2006 feature directorial debut, "Running With Scissors," which she co-starred in. She later won an Emmy for playing substitute teacher Holly Holliday on Murphy's "Glee," and has already signed on to star in Murphy's new big-screen musical comedy, "One Hit Wonders." Considering their BFF status, maybe we'll see Gywnnie pop up as a ghost on the new season of Murphy's "American Horror Story," too.
Watch the series premiere of NBC's "The New Normal" in full right here before it airs:
"The New Normal" premieres Monday, 9/10 at 10 PM on NBC.
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