INTERVIEW: Gwyneth and Scarlett: Iron Man's Ladies

INTERVIEW: Gwyneth and Scarlett: Iron Man's Ladies

Scarlett Johansson on Press Day for "Iron Man 2." | Paramount PicturesTeenHollywood is cornering Iron Man 2's hot ladies Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and the sexy Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) for a tell-all sit-down in Beverly Hills.

At this Iron Man 2 press day, Robert Downey Jr. is indeed a hero as he holds up a giant fallen movie poster behind Gwyneth's head while she finishes answering a question! 

Earlier, we overheard Gwen revealing that her family was stuck in New York waiting for the Icelandic volcano ash to clear over their London home!  

Although a lot of the comic book fanboy dialogue during the press event is leaving Gwen in the dark "I don't even know what they're talking about", she's happy to talk about her role In this sequel to the mega-popular superhero actioner.  

Gwyneth Paltrow on Press Day for "Iron Man 2." | Paramount PicturesThe two ladies, both red-heads in the film, are back to blonde and are wearing sexy, pencil-skirted gray frocks that are just similar enough to compliment each other... classy! Robert is very dapper in light tan suit over beige dress shirt and subtle plaid tie. His hair is very fluffy and he has his Tony Stark signature goatee.

Gwyneth and Scarlett play sexy and brainy rivals for the attentions of Tony Stark/Iron Man who, in true guy style, is very surprised when, later in the film, the two gorgeous women can work together quite well to save the day while he and his buddy Rhodey (Don Cheadle) have to duke out their differences before they can get on with business. Such a guy thing. Gwen and Scarlett agree...

TeenHollywood: Ladies, the Tony character is a little surprised that you two can work together quite well later in the movie. Who do you think could better work together to save the world, two women like Pepper and Natalie (Black Widow), or two buds like Rhodey and Tony?

Gwyneth: [laughing] Well, if Scarlett and I were doing it, the body count would be different, less bloody.

Scarlett:  And more organized.

Gwyneth: Yes.

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in "Iron Man 2." | Paramount PicturesScarlett:  We’d just stack them.  I don’t know, but with the brains and the muscle and the beauty and the blond, I feel like we maybe have a greater chance.

Gwyneth:  We’re unstoppable.

Scarlett:  We are, it’s true.  Unstoppable, you know. I feel like if I could wield the guns and the karate chop movements and you can like…

Gwyneth:  Out-think people?

Scarlett:  Yeah! You could be the brains behind the operation. That could be your super power.

Gwyneth: [sternly] 'I will out-think you.'

TeenHollywood: Gwyneth, you have a lifestyle website called and give some very good advice. You look great so what is your advice for losing weight?

Gwyneth: Actually not this coming week, but next week, the Goop Newsletter will be about my "Iron Man" training regimen and how I lost weight and got in shape to play this part, so you can check it out.

At this point Robert Downey Jr. joins the discussion so we feel a romance question is in order...

TeenHollywood: There is a very flirty banter going on between Pepper and Tony in the film and it's great but, we finally get the kiss! How was shooting that scene and, at long last, getting those characters to lock lips?

Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts and Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark in "Iron Man 2." | Paramount PicturesRobert: I couldn’t get her off of me.  It was embarrassing!  

Gwyneth: [laughs] It was great because both my husband and his wife were right there.

Robert: She said to me that I didn’t know what I was doing. Like it didn’t feel good. And I’m like, you know what?  First of all, we’re all friends, so what would be creepy is if I was coming off all sexy to you. By the way, I’ve done that in movies and it creeps them out. So why am I going to creep you out? [big grin] Despite what she said on set, she still thinks about it.

TeenHollywood: Gwyneth and Scarlett, could you talk about your roles as strong, intelligent women in this film? You are certainly sexy but there is much more to your characters.

Scarlett:  Well you know, I don’t think I have never really seen a film of this genre, where the female characters' sex appeal sort of came second.  I mean of course they’re sexy characters. When you have a sexy secretary, or a girl swinging around by her ankles in a cat suit, you know that’s innately sexy, but the fact is that these characters are intelligent.  They’re ambitious.  They’re motivated and calculated to some degree.

Robert Downey Jr. on Press Day for "Iron Man 2." | Paramount PicturesA movie where I would probably have to be just a pawn in a story of a whole bunch of men fighting it out and rolling around and getting down and dirty (wouldn't appeal to me).  When you are there to be the vision in the tight cat suit it's sort of a boring thing to me.  And I think that (director) Jon (Favreau) really made that very clear in the beginning. He felt that, as far as Black Widow was concerned, or that Natalie was concerned, she was mysterious and nuanced and something to kind of peel back the layers to.  That there was something there.  

He wanted to do that and I think that is why this film is much more dynamic for me as an audience member.  I have never really been a fan of this genre really and I think because it is really one note and kind of explosive.  I think that because Gwyneth and I can sort of be the brains behind the operation in some aspect, there’s kind of a happy medium there. I think it adds to the charm and the charisma of the film and the finished product.

TeenHollywood: We agree. Gwyneth?

Gwyneth: I agree with Scarlett. I think that it’s a very smart decision actually to have women that are capable and intelligent because it appeals to women.  You know, so it’s not only a film for fifteen-year-old boys.  It’s a film that can relate to a lot of people on a lot of levels. A lot of my girlfriends like it because of the romance or like Scarlett is in the trailer and it is appealing.  'Ooh who is she?' and it doesn’t look gratuitous. It looks like there are interesting women in the movie.

Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff in "Iron Man 2." | Paramount PicturesAnd certainly, in the first one too, my character is quick and she’s articulate. So, when you take your kid when you’re a mom it’s really fun to watch as well. So it’s nice to see women who are kind of inspirational and smart, sexy, all at the same time.

Scarlett:  (The film is) awfully kind of old fashioned actually, in the best sense of the word.  These characters are sort of like those fabulous femme fatales of the golden age of Hollywood; the Bette Davis more than the Jane Mansfield, you know, which I think is so much more dynamic to watch.  

TeenHollywood: Gwyneth, Pepper seems kind of stoic in this sequel. She's very supportive, yet in charge. What is your take on what runs through her mind?

At this point, the giant Iron Man 2 poster in back of the actors falls completely down, jarring everyone.

Robert: Can we put that back up? Let me at least get my image back up . Hold on [laughter].

Robert gets up and holds up the poster with arms high above his head in an Iron Man pose. Scarlett is laughing and Gwyneth tries to hold it together

Gwyneth: I'm sorry. Can you just refresh my memory on the question? (To
Robert) Yeah. Just stand behind me and hold it up. Oh, the inner monologue with Pepper...

Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts in "Iron Man 2." | Paramount PicturesRobert folds up the poster until just Gwyneth's giant poster head, as Pepper, is showing. He holds it behind her head pointing to it. She doesn't see him. Now we are trying not to laugh.  

Gwyneth: Pepper is trying to hold it all together. [Robert is still goofing off with the poster behind her. She turns around and sees him]. See, without Pepper, the woman, this is what you get. Male bullshit, bumbling around and they can't even hang a poster [everyone is laughing].

If Pepper was doing this job, it would be a much different story. I think Pepper tries to hold it all together.  She tries not to be reactive and steer him in the right direction. She's really like the great woman behind the man. I think that's what runs through her mind. [to Robert] You dropped the poster!

Robert: [sitting back down] I got a little self-conscious, strangely.

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