Gwyneth Paltrow is many things. She is the “Most Beautiful Woman in the World.” She is the “Most Hated Celebrity.” She is a loving mother to two children. She is a cooking fiend. She is also Pepper Potts in the amazing Iron Man series. And really, all those other things fade away when you see her as Pepper in Iron Man 3. A film where she only plays Tony Stark’s love but becomes an action hero herself.
Gwyneth Paltrow, looking flawless in a pure white dress, recently spoke to a room full of moms about being the “World’s Most Beautiful Woman,” her kids doing “illegal” things on the set and on working with Robert Downey Jr.
How did you feel when you were picked to be on the cover of People Magazine’s Most Beautiful issue?
Honestly, Steven — he’s been my publicist since I was nineteen-years-old — and he sent me the email and I was like, “this is a typo.” Like I reread it three times, and then I got this really weird old feeling that my school bully had somehow was playing a trick on me. I swear, I had to talk about with my shrink. I went through this whole weird thing. He was like, “yes, it’s true.” And I was beyond surprised, flattered, and I still kinda can’t believe it. It’s, it’s really cool.
Tell us about putting on the suit.
I love putting on the suit. It was really weird. I’ve never done anything like that in my whole career, and my son was on set, and so I’ll never forget it; I walk out onto the set, and I was fully dressed in the suit, and his face, because he’s like in the last probably year and a half watched the, the first Iron Man and Avengers and everything — I’ll never forget his face. Like, he was in shock and awe. It was so cool.
Oh my God, yes. And by the way, I now have Lego in the set — there’s a Pepper, so I am a goddess. So fun.
How does it feel, as Pepper, to be that strong?
I loved it so much. You know, I was getting kind of like, come on, guys. Pepper, like, let’s- come on, like, all these boys are flying around doing all this fun stuff, and I loved how patient and kind and sweet Pepper is. But when I read this script, I was like, “oh yeah!” She’s in the suit and flying around, and I loved doing the stunts. As I said, I really had never done anything like that before and it was really fun. I felt like I should’ve been doing this my whole life. It’s like, “why am I doing all these period films. it’s so boring.”
What are some of the fun things that happen on set?
The things that I remember from set are, like, my kids learning, like how to drive a golf cart. On a movie, it’s so big and you drive a golf cart from one thing to another and you’re like, “okay, you can drive the golf cart.” And then all of a sudden, they just started taking off in golf carts. So, this is illegal and this is not okay.
Or like their Nerf gun fights and we just had, it was just like a fun experience for the family, and they love Robert. They had no idea that Robert was famous until probably a year ago. And they just love him so much and he creates a fun environment, and it was just nice. It was a really nice shoot. When you work with someone over and over again, that you really love and that environment is so familial and the kids feel- everybody feels it really was so great.
Are we gonna see you in more action films?
I don’t know. I would actually really like to, but really, am I old now to start, like, you know, being in action movies. I would like to. The nice thing is that everybody’s sort of been very sweet about Pepper in this movie, like all the journalists who came in. They were like, “oh my God, you have to have your own movie,” because in the comics, Pepper gets her own suit, and she becomes a character called Rescue. They’re like, we need a Rescue movie, and I’m like, okay, well, I’d better hit the gym.
What color would you choose for your suit?
Ooh, great question. Gray, like, silver and white. My favorite colors.
What’s it like working with Robert?
It’s so fun. I mean, he’s really the most spontaneous mad genius, improvising, like, you’re really on your toes. It’s really interesting to see how all these different actors, what their process is and how they work. Jeff Bridges, on the first movie, he had binders of research, and everything was all underlined and highlighted, and there were graphs and all this.
And then Robert would come in and read the scene and rip it up, and be like, “nope, we’re not doing it.” He’s like, “this is bullsh#t. Let’s make it up.” And poor Jeff Bridges would be dying. He had memorized everything. And as the woman, of course, you’re just like, “let’s keep everyone happy. There’s a happy medium to be found here, guys. ” On this movie, he was at least not throwing away the scenes every day because the screenplay was really good. But it’s really fun. You never know what’s gonna happen which I love, not — Jeff Bridges – he does not love it.
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