Gwyneth's Movie Makeover


May 2 2008, Published 9:52 a.m. ET

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Gwyneth Paltrow is officially a blockbuster movie star and, it's fair to say, the title is a first for her.

At 35, the Oscar winning actress's resume has consisted in the past of roles bordering on the quirky, if not downright depressing (think Sylvia, Proof and Running with Scissors).

But in the new film Iron Man, Gwyneth proves she can outrun, and outdodge just as many CGI explosions as the next big action hero! The actress recently told's Jeanne Wolf how she made the transition from serious actress to serious action chick.

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"I loved it, except for the fact that I was wearing heels which was unfortunately my idea," Gwyneth says. "I didn't realize what I was going to be forced to do. I had to run over these metal grates, and heels and grates do not go well together. Actually, just running in high heels is very difficult, as any girl who's been chased in high heels can tell you."

Ok, so maybe she hasn't retired her entire "fashion plate" image, but Gwyneth insists that shooting an action movie was a welcome change.

"I have absolutely nothing against doing a movie with all kinds of special effects and everything," she says. "As long as the people involved are going to make me better at what I do, then I'm up for anything."

And despite her long list of serious films, Gwyneth says she doesn't limit herself when it comes to picking scripts.

"I would do any genre--well, maybe not porn, but anything else!" she says.

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Of working with her Iron Man co-star, Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth reveals there was an instant chemistry on set that made the scenes particularly easy to shoot.

"He is constantly changing the dialogue and doing crazy things and having these amazing ideas," she says. "He's just always thinking outside the box."

Gwyneth continues, "Oh man, I have had to work with people with whom I’ve had zero chemistry. And it’s like pulling teeth because sometimes it’s just not there. When it is there, it’s like flying."

She adds, "It just feels like you could do anything. And when it’s not there, it’s a struggle. I’ve struggled with a few actors, but I’m not mentioning any names.”

Oh, but Gwyneth, we wish you would!


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