01/06/2004 at 01:00 AM EST
The normally reticent Gwyneth Paltrow is uncharacteristically candid to Vanity Fair in its February cover story.
How candid? "I'm really f----ing good at my job, and people who are interesting and good know that," she says.
Speaking of her impending motherhood, the "Shakespeare in Love" Oscar winner, 31, says that her baby's expected arrival this summer is "such good news, especially after a bad year."
Paltrow's father, director Bruce Paltrow, died in fall 2002. But it was soon after that she met her husband-to-be, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. The pair married in Santa Barbara in December, just days after she announced her pregnancy.
As for the baby, "It's just amazing to know that I'm going to have something new that will be a quarter my dad," Paltrow tells Vanity Fair, as quoted by the New York Post.
She also reveals that it was an acupuncturist who enabled her to cope with the terrible loss of her father.
"The only way to achieve real growth is to suffer and stare it in the face," she says she was taught.
As for her concerns about privacy (her wedding to Martin was under a veil of secrecy almost as thick as that for President Bush's Thanksgiving trip to Iraq) she says, though not citing any high-profile twosomes by name: "You look at celebrity couples who go out on the red carpet together, and all of a sudden, their relationship becomes the main thing."