Coldplay roadie Matt McGinn has revealed the 38-year-old actress - who is married to the band-s frontman Chris Martin - was surprised when he said sorry to her after making a joke about her then-boyfriend.
In an extract from his new book `Roadie: My Life on the Road with Coldplay`, he revealed: "Gwyneth asked me, `Are you the Matt that plays guitar on `Yellow`? Wow, I thought. A proper actress has heard of me. `Yeah, that`s right`. `Well, it sounds great!` Bless her. I was lost for a moment, so - for better or worse - I decided to act cocky, since the only alternative would have been to go bright red.
"It was a big gamble, but I went with, `Cheers. So, do you think I play it better than your boyfriend?` It hit the spot; she laughed. "Afterwards I felt a bit guilty for throwing a nice compliment back in her face, and said sorry a few days later, but she brushed it off and asked, `Why are English guys always apologising?` "
Matt has nothing but praise for Gwyneth - who now has two children, Apple, six, and Moses, four, with Chris - and says the Oscar-winning star is "just a normal girl".
He added: "Obviously, when I got home and saw my pals again for a pint, one of the first things they asked was, `Well then, did you meet Gwyneth? What`s she like? Yeah I did. And she`s great. She`s just a normal girl, really. Well, except for the rock star husband."