LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Gwyneth Paltrow will host “Saturday Night Live” for the third time on January 15 with rapper Cee Lo Green serving as musical guest, as the actress looks to promote her own singing in new movie, “Country Strong.”
Paltrow won a new legion of fans when she sang a version of the rapper’s hit, “Forget You,” on a November episode of the TV musical “Glee.” After the “SNL” announcement was made on Tuesday, speculation grew on Internet fan sites that Paltrow may sing with Cee Lo on the sketch comedy TV show.
The actress, whose “Country Strong” expands from a limited release to theaters across the United States on January 7, told Reuters in December she had never met Cee Lo, even though he publicly praised her for her version of the song.
Paltrow said she was looking forward to talking to the singer, not just because she loved his music but she wanted to ask the rapper a specific question dealing with her dad.
Her father, Bruce Paltrow, was a director and producer who died in 2002 of complications from cancer and pneumonia.
“Cee Lo’s (first) record with Gnarls Barkley was called ‘St. Elsewhere,’ which was the name of my dad’s show,” said Paltrow. “I’ve always wondered — you know, you kind of grasp at any connection to your deceased parent that you love. So, I wonder if there’s any connection there, or if he just liked the name.”
In “Country Strong,” Paltrow portrays a country music singer who mounts a comeback tour following her own struggles with alcohol and drug abuse.
Editing by Bob Tourtellotte