Gwyneth Paltrow may consider returning to acting, but it hinges on receiving a call from the right person to persuade her.
During an interview on Monday, the founder of Goop shared with Entertainment Tonight that although she’s occupied as the CEO of her lifestyle brand, Goop, she mentioned that her Iron Man co-star, Robert Downey Jr., holds the ability to persuade her to return in front of the camera.
“It would be very hard for me to do any acting right at the moment, just because of my job,” Paltrow explained. “But, I guess Robert Downey Jr. could probably always get me back.”
With a chuckle, she said, “You know, to some degree.”
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The fact that Downey Jr. holds significant influence shouldn’t be unexpected. The actors developed a close relationship after years of working together on screen, and even before Iron Man kickstarted a cinematic universe. Paltrow revealed to EW in 2007 that Downey Jr. played a pivotal role in her decision to join the film initially. She explained that the project caught her attention “because of the people involved.”
Paltrow expressed, “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.”
Regarding her delayed return, Paltrow attributes it to the absence of Tony Stark, who met his end at the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame.
“We just stopped doing it because Iron Man died,” Paltrow informed her Instagram followers earlier this year. “And, why do you need Pepper Potts without Iron Man? I don’t know. Call up Marvel and yell at them, not me. I’m just sitting here.”
The film Iron Man, which initiated the continuously growing Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008, marked the initial collaboration between Downey Jr. and Paltrow portraying Tony Stark and Pepper Potts—a dynamic pair and later, a couple on the brink of their heroic destinies. Following this, Paltrow has participated in numerous MCU projects, so many that she sometimes struggles to keep track of them all. However, since Tony Stark’s ultimate sacrifice at the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame, the duo has not made a return.
Apart from contributing her voice to She Said, a film chronicling the explosive investigation into disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein, and Ryan Murphy’s The Politician, Paltrow hasn’t graced the big screen since Endgame in 2019. She attributes this absence to her commitment to Goop, the 15-year-old company that surpassed her expectations in growth, a success that she’s “thrilled” about.
“It’s taken a lot of hard work and perseverance, but you know, I do it with so much love, and so I’m glad to see that we’ve been able to build year over year. It’s thrilling,” remarked Paltrow.
Source: Entertainment Weekly