By Archana Ram
Updated January 04, 2011 at 06:34 PM EST
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If Gwyneth Paltrow’s recent media blitz for Country Strong is any indication, the actress is doing a darn good job — intentionally or not — to shed her formerly aloof image. In fact, after a spectacular cameo on Glee, charming appearance of Chelsea Lately, and surprising performance at the Country Music Awards, I’ve all but forgotten that she essentially anointed herself a lifestyle guru, who recommends juice cleanses and exorbitantly priced fashion. And last night, the actress further proved my point when she appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and gave me the confidence to say: Gwyneth, you rock!

Paltrow revealed — in jest, sadly — that she and Fallon had been part of a rap group called Shazzazz back in the ’80s and proceeded to share with viewers their ultra-hip music video.

Exhibit A:

Oh, but there was more. Exhibit B:

The videos have a tinge of “D—k in a Box,” but I think Shazzazz’s B-roll paired with Paltrow’s wacky hair give it the edge when it comes to ’80s authenticity. Plus, you know it’s good when I’m left wondering which is better: Paltrow’s flip-up lens sunglasses or Fallon’s Milli Vanilli hair. What do you think?

Sure, she’s just trying to plug a movie (a critically wobbly one, at that), but in the age of overexposure, it’s rare to find a celebrity who’s on a press tour doing something fun and/or interesting to make that plug. It’s helped us learn that there’s more to the actress than pensive stares and Shakespearean dialogue. She can sing! She can dance! She can wear funny wigs! Who knew?

What do you guys think of Paltrow’s appearance on Late Night? And has you perception of the actress changed in the last few months? And how does all this bode for her upcoming SNL appearance?

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