***Disclosure: I received an all expense paid trip to Hollywood from Disney and Marvel to cover the Iron Man 3 premiere. However, all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
If making amazing films isn't enough, Gwyneth is also a published author and just launched her brand new cookbook, "It's All Good." (Check back on May 10, 2013 for more talk with Gywneth and loads of info about this book!)
While I was in Hollywood for the Iron Man 3 red carpet premiere, Gwyneth Paltrow was kind and gracious enough to meet with our group personally for an intimate interview. (How cool is that?!) She met us in the fabulous East Ballroom of our hotel, the Sheraton at Universal City, on the very day of the premiere. I remember being rather impressed that Gwyneth took so much time out of her busy schedule to talk with us....Especially when she could have been in hair and make-up, getting ready for her red carpet premiere. Then again, Gwyneth is so beautiful in person, she doesn't need much help in that department!
When Gwyneth arrived, she swung open the double doors to the East Ballroom, and she was all smiles. She belted out a very enthusiastic, "Hi Guys!", and she sat down and started chatting with us. To be completely honest, our interview was supposed to last a mere 15 minutes, but Gwyneth talked to us for about double that amount of time. And she was real. Genuine. Gracious. And yes, she talks like a normal person....Swear words and all. Some people say that she is pretentious, but honestly, I didn't detect that at all. Talking to Gwyneth was like talking to a girlfriend. Who just happens to have a really awesome job. It was quite refreshing, and I can see why she was just recently dubbed People Magazine's World's Most Beautiful Woman.
Anyway, let's get to the good stuff. We spent about half an hour just candidly chatting with Gwyneth Paltrow, and here is what she had to tell us. (Look for part 2 of our interview on May 10, 2013)
On Being The World's Most Beautiful Woman :
Gwyneth Paltrow: Honestly, Steven, this man who has been my publicist since I was, like, nineteen years old, (pointing to the man next to her) 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 it with my shrink! And then I went through this whole weird thing...But Steven told me "Yes, it's true!" And I was like, beyond surprised, flattered, and I still kinda can’t believe it. it’s really cool.
Talking About Pepper Potts With Gwyneth :
We were all very excited to chat with Gwyneth about Pepper Potts' new-found strength. Here is what she had to say.
Gwyneth Paltrow: I loved it so much. You know, I was getting kind of like, come on, guys. These boys are flying around doing all this fun stuff, and I loved, yeah, I loved, you know, how patient and kind and sweet Pepper is, but, but when I read this script, I was like, oh yeah. Pepper, let’s go- come on, She's in the suit and flying around, and I loved doing the stunts, you know. I have never done anything like that before and it was really- I don’t know. As I said, it was really fun. I felt like I should have been doing this my whole career- it’s like, why am I doing all these period films? It’s so boring.
Q: Are we going to see you in more action films?
Gwyneth Paltrow: 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, [LAUGHS]. 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 said "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." I would like to. They’re like, we need a Rescue movie, and I’m like, okay, well, I’d better hit the gym.
Q: What color would you choose for your suit?
Gwyneth Paltrow: Ooh, great question. Gray, or silver and white. My favorite colors.
Dishing About Working With Robert Downey, Jr. :
No doubt about it, Robert Downey, Jr. is once again a much loved fixture in show business. Even my 70 year old Grandma absolutely adores him. RDJ is known for his fun antics, and does have the reputation for being super-fun on the sets of the movies he's starring in. Of course, Gwyneth was more than happy to chat about what it has been like to star opposite such a spontaneous, unpredictable actor.
Gwyneth Paltrow: It’s so fun. I mean, he’s really the most spontaneous like, mad genius, improvising, like, you’re really on your toes. Actually it's really interesting to see how all these different actors, what their process is and how they work. Jeff Bridges was in the first movie, and 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, like, read the scene and rip it up, and be like, "Nope, we’re not doing it. This is bullshit. Let's make it up"- and poor Jeff Bridges would be dying since he had memorized everything. It was just so interesting, though, to see how different, people operate. As the woman, of course, you’re just like, let’s keep everyone happy. (LAUGHS) There's a happy medium to be found here, guys. I have been doing this job so long that it's so nice to have someone so unpredictable to work with. Everyone is looking at Robert and thinking, what's he going to do now? On this movie, at least he wasn't throwing away the scenes every day because the screenplay was really good. Working with Robert, you never know what’s gonna happen which I love! Jeff Bridges does not love it, but it was really fun.
Life On The Set of the Mega-Blockbuster Iron Man 3 :
Thankfully, Gwyneth was able to give us a small glimpse of what happens behind the scenes. It was really cool hearing her talk about the more intimate, candid moments on set. It just proves that even the brightest of stars are real, fun-loving people, just like you and me! Here, she talks openly about illegal use of golf carts, Nerf gun fights, and more.
Gwyneth Paltrow: Um, you know, I’m so bad at remembering...I mean, the things that I remember from set are funny stories. Like, my kids learning how to drive a golf cart. You know, on a movie set, it’s so big and you drive a golf cart from one thing to another. So with the kids it's like, okay, you can drive the golf cart, you know, sit on the driver's lap... And then all of a sudden, they just started taking off in golf carts. So, this is illegal and this is not okay. (laughs) Or like the Nerf gun fights and we just had- it was just a fun experience for the family, and they love Robert. They had no idea that Robert was famous until probably a year ago. They just love him so much and he creates a fun environment. It was nice. It was really a nice shoot, you know, and 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, and it really was so great.
Q: What’s like having a child actor on the set?
Gwyneth Paltrow: Oh, you know, I never even met him. I wasn’t in that section. But I loved in the movie how they do that relationship and that is exactly what Robert is like. He teases me about that much all the time. So it was really fun how they did that relationship.
Q: Have you seen it yet?
Gwyneth Paltrow: No, I saw it. Marvel very kindly did- or Disney...I don’t know who- one of my bosses, (laughs) After all the press in London, they rented a little screening room and so I brought my son and my daughter and seventeen of their friends. It was so awesome. We watched it in 3D and I was really surprised. The movie was actually a really a good movie. I normally don't watch this kind of movie and I thought it was so good. There were so many really interesting metaphors in it about the media sort of being proponents of fear and how that effects in the culture and, like, what’s real, what’s a threat....And I loved Robert as Tony Stark being really stripped back and raw... having to kind of MacGyver his way back to strength. And I just loved the relationship with Pepper and Tony. Like, I thought there were I thought it was really cool to see her wanting to get her needs met, and I just thought it worked really- and I, you know, and then of course, all the action stuff is so fun, but I also think that the bones of it were actually really good.
Remember to check out Gwyneth as Pepper Potts in Iron Man 3! This movie hits theaters on May 3, 2013.
Also, check back here on May 10, 2013 for more chat with Gwyneth and information about her amazing cookbook, "It's All Good".
***Photos of Gwyneth are courtesy of Dear Crissy.***