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At last Monday's Iron Man 2 premiere in L.A., co-stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Scarlett Johansson both posed for the cameras in dazzling white -- but they didn't pose together. For some gossip columnists, the fact that Paltrow, 37, and Johansson, 25, walked the red carpet separately was sufficient evidence that the two actresses hate each other.
But Gwyneth Paltrow adamantly denies that she's feuding with her younger costar, saying that the media is pitting them against each other because they're women. And we think she's on to something.
"I adore Scarlett. I loved having her on set," Paltrow gushed to People in an attempt to clear the air. "She is really funny. She swears a lot. She has a dirty sense of humor. She loves to cook. She's like a girl after my own heart."
In light of Paltrow's comments, let's take a closer look at those "catfight" rumors. Here are quotes from an anonymous source that ran in The Sun last May: "Gwyneth has become very frustrated with Scarlett. They come from different worlds and have completely different styles. Gwyneth has found Scarlett very demanding of the attention of the crew. Gwyneth was looking forward to working with Emily Blunt, who was originally in line for the part...Gwyneth's had to live with that and she has been very professional, but she and Scarlett haven't developed a friendship on the shoot."
So, to recap: Paltrow and Johannson are different ages, have different working styles and have been very professional on set -- but they must be fighting, because they're not hanging out after work and giving each other pedicures.
Why do we insist that actresses must either be BFFs or enemies? The media loves to create imaginary battles between famous women, making career decisions personal and turning red carpet events into "fashion battles." But the obvious truth is that most actresses don't love each other or hate each other. They're just coworkers. Even if they do get on each other's nerves, they have to live with each other for long weeks of multiple takes, so chances are they're going to be polite about it. As for the whole "best friends" thing, we imagine that filming a movie is somewhat akin to going to summer camp with somebody: a brief, intense experience that you can bond over forever, even if you didn't love it at the time.
Either way, these actresses are at work, doing their jobs. By pitting famous women against each other, the media is doing all women a disservice, reinforcing the myth that we're "too emotional" to be professionals at work.
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