Gwyneth Paltrow on the Suit, Robert Downey Jr., and Parenthood #IronMan3Event

Gwyneth Paltrow has an infectious smile. When she walks into a room, it’s hard not to immediately start feeling wonderful. I had no idea what it would be like to hang out with Gwyneth Paltrow for twenty minutes, and never dreamed that would ever happen in my life. She starred in one of my favorite romantic films (Sliding Doors) and portrayed one of the most memorable guest characters on Glee, the free-spirited Holly Holliday. She also won Best Actress in 1999 for the role of Viola in Shakespeare in Love. Let’s just sum it up to say I’ve enjoyed every film of hers that I’ve seen!

Gwyneth Paltrow on the Suit, Robert Downey Jr., and Parenthood #IronMan3Event

Most recently she has been winning over audiences everywhere as Penny Potts in the Iron Man films and The Avengers. With Iron Man 3 opening in theaters on May 3rd, 2013, Ms. Paltrow has been speaking with various outlets about what happens with Pepper Potts in the new film.

In a brief conversation with Chris Swift (effects coordinator), we learned that Pepper Potts would be putting on the Iron Man suit in the film and that Gwyneth had the best time in the suit. They actually had a bet on set that Swift would not be able to get her in the suit, but when he approached her about it, she was hesitant but not unwilling. “Once she got in the suit, she had a ball; I couldn’t get her out of it. She was running around and fighting with her kids…she was the belle of the ball in that suit.”

We couldn’t wait to ask Gwyneth herself about her experiences wearing the Iron Man suit. “I love putting on the suit…I’ve never done anything like that in my whole career…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…I’ll never forget his face. Like, he was in shock and awe. It was so cool.” Gwyneth earned even more “Mommy Cool” points with her kids because there is now a LEGO version of Pepper Potts. “I am a goddess!” she joked.

Gwyneth Paltrow on the Suit, Robert Downey Jr., and Parenthood #IronMan3Event

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Gywneth is known for some pretty strong female roles, and while she loved the sweetness and patience of Pepper, she wanted more for the character. “When I read this script, I was like, oh yeah. She’s in the suit and flying around, and I loved doing the stunts.” Few of her previous roles involved stunts anywhere near to what she was required to do for Iron Man 3. “I felt like I should’ve been doing this my whole- it’s like, why am I doing all these period films…it’s so boring!”

When we asked what some of her most memorable experiences were on set, the moments that involved her children were foremost in her mind. “The things that I remember from set are my kids learning…how to drive a golf cart, you know, on a movie, like 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, you know, sit on the lap…and then all of a sudden, they just started taking off in golf carts!”

Robert Downey Jr. also relaxed on set by hanging out with Gwyneth’s children. “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. When you work with someone over and over again that you really love, that environment is so familial and…everybody feels it.”

We also asked if she had seen the film in its entirety, and what she thought of it. We were seeing it later that night at the premiere, and were anxious for any further details we could learn about it. “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 and it was so awesome. We watched it in 3D and I was really surprised. I mean, I thought the movie was actually a really good movie. I thought there were so many really interesting metaphors in it about, you know, the media sort of being proponents of fear and how that affects the culture and what’s real, what’s a threat, and I loved…Tony Stark being really stripped back and raw and…having to kind of MacGyver his way back to strength and I just…loved the relationship with Pepper and Tony.”

The Marvel films are Gwyneth’s first action films, and we wondered if she had considered starring in any other action films. “I don’t know. I would actually really like to, but really, am I old now to start?” she responded, laughing. In the comic books, Pepper Potts does get her own suit and becomes a character named Rescue.

Gwyneth Paltrow on the Suit, Robert Downey Jr., and Parenthood #IronMan3Event

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*Disney provided me with an all expenses paid trip to Los Angeles to attend the red carpet premiere of Iron Man 3 and participate in group interviews with cast and crew. The film photos used in this post were provided courtesy of Disney, unless otherwise credited. Any opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.*


Jen currently lives in Utah with her family, and enjoys reading and writing in her spare time. She is active on popular book websites including paperbackswap.com, Goodreads.com, and luxuryreading.com.

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