Gwyneth Paltrow talked to Entertainment Weekly about playing Virginia “Pepper” Potts in director Jon Favreau’s Iron Man:
Seems like you’re taking on more projects than you have in the past.
Well, I hadn’t worked in a long time, I was really committed to being home. Then I finally just agreed to do this movie Iron Man. I reached a place in my life where I thought, “It’s okay that I have a passion for something besides my family.” I love making films. If I do one thing that makes me fulfilled, then I’m a more interesting woman for my children. And then I got this call, and I thought, I love Jon Favreau [who’s directing Iron Man]. And the cast was so good. This feels right to me.
Who’s your character?
I play Pepper Potts, who’s Iron Man’s assistant. They have a very charged dynamic.
When do you start Iron Man?
And what do you do to get ready?
Pump it up! [Laughs] I’m exercising.
So why Iron Man?
You know why? Because of the people involved. It had nothing to do with the size of the budget. It was like, if I got a call that there’s a six-million-dollar movie, and these are the people, I’d do it. I’ve always wanted to work with Robert Downey Jr. He’s a genius, and I had never been asked to do a film with him before. I’m really excited that it’s Iron Man because I’ve never done anything like it. I’m really thrilled.
Iron Man is scheduled for a May 2, 2008 release.
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