SHE has been dubbed most hated celebrity in Hollywood, beating the likes of Anne Hathaway and Kristen Stewart to the unwanted title, so what has Gwyneth Paltrow done wrong? Nothing much, writes Susan Griffin. In fact it's probably more a case of her doing everything right - that ability to do annoyingly well at anything she turns her hand to.
There are the indie films (Sliding Doors, The Royal Tenenbaums), the singing (Glee, Country Strong), the lifestyle website and cook books and the news she is to star with Antonio Banderas in Spanish film 33 Dias. She is, of course, fluent in Spanish.
Then there's the gym-honed body and the picture-perfect family in the shape of rock star husband Chris Martin and children Apple and Moses. It's no surprise not everyone loves her. But when you come face-toface with the Hollywood actress, she seems really rather sweet, nervous even.
She might not relish interviews, but there's a blockbuster film to promote. In Iron Man 3, she returns as redhead Pepper Potts alongside Robert Downey Jr's billionaire inventor-turnedsuperhero Tony Stark.
Pepper is now Tony's live-in girlfriend and the CEO of Stark Enterprises.
There's a lot of comfort between them now, so it's not the kind of tentative relationship they had in the first two films, says Paltrow.
Robert and I have always had a really great working relationship.
He definitely keeps you on your toes.
Iron Man 3 boasts a stellar cast, including Sir Ben Kingsley and Guy Pearce, eye-popping action sequences and brilliant special effects.
Even Paltrow was impressed, having watched it the night before with family and friends. Everybody loved it, including myself. I was really surprised, she says.
Pepper really steps into her power this time. She's incredibly strong at work, you see her really as an equal partner with Tony and then she gets involved in all sorts of action, so this one was the most fun in terms of where she is in her life. Paltrow also made sure she looked the part in Iron Man 3 after a long meeting with the costume department.
Any time you put me in a Tom Ford suit I'm very happy, she says, looking sensational in a printed black and white dress and five- inch black heels.
It's incredible to think she turned 40 in September.
When I was 39 I was freaking out about it but when I woke up on my birthday I was like, 'Oh this is fine, yeah I like this,' she says.
I felt empowered by everything that I'd achieved and I have two healthy children. The daughter of the late producer Bruce Paltrow and actress Blythe Danner, Paltrow was 19 when she made her screen debut alongside John Travolta in Shout.
But it was her role in Se7en four years later that propelled her to stardom.
Recently, she has spent less time on the big screen, but isn't tempted to give up acting to concentrate on her foodie business empire. I really like the balance of finding one really interesting film a year to do around the family schedule and my business life, she says.
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