NEW YORK–She has spent three years living under the radar as a wife and mother, but now Gwyneth Paltrow is revelling in her return to the limelight.
The blond actress has caused a fashion sensation with her stylish red carpet appearances across Europe for her new film Iron Man, and is planning her next projects.
“I suppose it’s a comeback in a way because I definitely was hibernating for a while and I feel that now I am coming back into the world,” she says. “I enjoyed making the film so much that doing the public appearances and promotion for it has felt really easy and not too intimidating.
“A lot has changed in my life and it’s very nice to come back and feel that people are somewhat pleased that I’ve decided to come back.”
She was feeling a little jet-lagged, having just flown in from London, as she sat with a relaxed regality in a New York hotel suite and chatted openly about her life, family and headline-hogging comeback.
Her last major film role was in Proof and, since her daughter Apple was born in May 2004, the Oscar-winning actress has worked in supporting roles in Infamous and Running with Scissors.
She has chosen as her comeback vehicle a movie that is expected to be one of the summer’s big hits. Directed by Jon Favreau, Iron Man stars Robert Downey Jr. as arms manufacturer Tony Stark who, after being captured by Middle Eastern guerrillas, constructs a protective iron suit and turns himself into a crusader for peace.
Paltrow plays Pepper Potts, the woman behind Downey’s technologically advanced but troubled superhero, who takes charge and organizes his life.
“It’s funny, but when I agreed to do the movie there wasn’t a script,” she says. “I just had a conversation with Jon Favreau and he kind of outlined to me what the movie was going to be about, what the metaphors were, who the characters were and what the relationships were going to be. I had always wanted to work with Robert, so he was one of the main reasons I accepted the film. He’s one of the most brilliant actors I’ve ever had the good fortune to work with.”
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