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Lately, Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow has made a career out of being that girl we hated in school. Even after marrying Coldplay’s Chris Martin six years ago, and having two children, Apple, who's almost 6, and Moses, 4, the actress has seemed like she was the only mother who never got chocolate on her white blouse or green poo on her hands while changing a biodegradable diaper. In her own blog, Goop, she’s always known better than we ever could to nourish the inner aspect. I’m not even sure what my inner aspect is, but I’m sure it’s malnourished.
And her onscreen persona has gotten even chillier, like her role in Iron Man 2 (which hits theaters on Friday). The 37-year-old actress' Pepper Potts is one step up from Miss Moneypenny in the old James Bond movies, with one major difference: where Moneypenny was urban sophisticated yet accommodating, Potts is all designer duds, soigné hair and shrill reproach. Her patience is as thin as the actress’s clavicle. She’s, well, a shrew.
From the very beginning of the movie, I wondered why Robert Downey Jr.’s devil-may-care bachelor billionaire Tony Stark put up with her. In my review for Us Weekly, I wrote, "All Paltrow does in this sequel is pout until her big kiss with Downey." In Rolling Stone, Peter Travers was more gentlemanly but dismissive: "Gwyneth Paltrow, pretty but wasted."
Sure, we all have our bad days, but Ms. Chill was recently called to task by British Vogue, where she said, "I can be mean...I can ice people out and I definitely harbor revenge."
Her mom’s response? "I didn't know she said that!" actress Blythe Danner, 67, told UsMagazine.com "Well, I still haven't seen it, but I guess we all have the potential." Paltrow has also recently had to refute rumors that she and her Iron Man 2 costar Scarlett Johansson feuded on the set of their film.
Maybe the actress -- who has admitted to crying on set because she missed her kids so much -- is misunderstood. Maybe her onscreen persona is all just a convincing act. What seems the case in Iron Man 2 is that the tin-man hero has a soft and forgiving ticker, and it’s Paltrow's Potts who could be singing “If I only had a heart.”
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