Ruth Jones has recalled how her attempts to befriend Gwyneth Paltrow when they worked together on a film fell flat. The Gavin And Stacey star appeared in a film adaptation of Emma, starring Hollywood actress Gwyneth, and told the Reader's Digest how she tried to bond with her over her Welsh roots. Ruth said: "I got a part in the film Emma in which Gwyneth was playing the lead. "She was going out with Brad Pitt at the time. I asked her if, with a name like Gwyneth, she had any Welsh connections. "She wasn't terribly friendly. I thought, 'Where I come from, it's an old ladies' name anyway!'." The 45-year-old actress and writer - who will soon be appearing in new Sky1 comedy drama Stella - also revealed how she failed to get a place to study drama at Manchester University after she admitted to reading Jackie Collins' Hollywood Wives at her interview. Ruth said: "Unsurprisingly, I didn't get a place there - but, years later, I had dinner with Jackie Collins. She's a Gavin And Stacey fan. "I told her that story, and she gave me a signed copy of her latest book - so that worked out alright in the end!" Stella starts on Friday January 6, 2012, at 9pm on Sky1
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