Growing Up Gretzky
Paulina takes this philosophy seriously, repeating her version to me sweetly, the way kids who have grown up to be pleasers repeat things they’ve heard a thousand times: “I practise really hard and just try to be the best I can be at anything I can do.” Paulina is now being homeschooled, which affords her the time to pursue all of her goals. Janet, who has enjoyed her own successful modeling career (gracing FLARE’s cover in June of 1988), has what seems the full-time task of arranging her daughter’s schedule. “My goal is to keep her focused so that she is doing things that she enjoys that could possibly turn into her career,” says Janet. “When an opportunity arises, I want her to be prepared and on top of her game.”
Upon relaying the details of her sched, Paulina says through an exhausted sigh that (like most teenagers) she’s stressed. It doesn’t take an armchair psychologist to trace the origins of her ambitions. She talks honestly about the pressure (and virtual impossibility) of reaching the same kind of success as her father: “My biggest fear is, well, I’m so terrified of getting in the spotlight and having people get down on me. I’m afraid people are going to say, ‘She got it because of her dad.’ That would make me so sad.”
The shoot’s a wrap and Paulina slips into a pair of flip-flops and sneaks into a back room to relax and watch The Young and the Restless. A little reprieve before she takes her dad’s advice again and bangs through the next set of doors. With beauty, grace and damn good genes, she’s your basic triple threat.
On Paulina: Jacket, Marni, Holt Renfrew. Jean, Miss Sixty. Shoes, D&G. On Janet: Dress, Banana Republic. Scarf, Echo; boots, Browns. On Wayne: Jacket, Etro, Holt Renfrew. Shirt and scarf, Boss Hugo Boss. Settee, Five O Seven Home & Garden Antiques, Toronto. Hair and makeup, Hung Vanngo, Giovanni Artist Management; photography assistants, Martin Goldie and Sean Barker; fashion director, Elizabeth Cabral. Produced by Hina P. Ansari.