The Oscar-winning actress spoke to about her plans for the future and her new movie, Iron Man

By People Staff
May 02, 2008 04:00 PM
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After staying away from big blockbuster movies for a couple of years and devoting her time to making independent films, today the Oscar-winning actress and star of (Shakespeare in Love) returns to the big screen in a mega summer production.

In Iron Man, Paltrow plays the role of Pepper Potts, the girlfriend and assistant of technological genius Tony Stark. Her return to the screen as the proverbial “damsel in distress” was a big surprise for fans who noticed she had made a conscious effort to take on deeper roles in other films. We spoke to her about why she agreed to make this adventure film and her future plans, among other things.

Why come back with this project?
One of the reasons that I wanted to do the film is Robert and the rest of the guys too. And Jon (Favreau) explained to me on the phone: “I’m not going to send you the script, because it’s terrible and I’m not going to do that movie. We are rewriting it. But let me tell you what it’s going to be like and how the relationships are going to be like.

He explained who Pepper was, how she was the moral center of the film in a way, how she was kind of Tony Stark conscience but that the relationship was going to have a lot of levels to it. I mean he is her boss and there’s that, but she’s also kind of mothering towards him and there is also this kind of sexual chemistry. I approach it with all of those things and it was so much fun to play, because it wasn’t just one vibe.

Did you see any parallel between your personal life and the character?
I don’t know. I normally don’t like to think about my personal life when I’m creating a character. I think about her experience and why she is what she is. The things that we do have in common, she is very organized and I am like that. I’m centered, I’m grounded, but I can also become, you know, like thrown off balance. And I love the fact that she is able to be next to this very fiery, creative, strong man but bring out the best in him. In the best case scenario, that’s what a woman should do in any relationship, you know, bring out the best.

You are a creative person and your husband (Chris Martin from “Coldplay”) too. How does this play into your relationship?
I can’t talk about that. My husband really does not like me to talk about our relationship.

This is like comeback for you. Can we expect to see you more often in the screen?
I definitely want to work, but not three movies a year, not like I used to. I want to be with my kids. I want to work but I want to not miss their lives. That’s why this job was so perfect for me because it was really fun, amazing people, but it wasn’t every single day so I really could bring my daughter to school and really be with them. It was a really easy transition back.