New film throws Paltrow "a lifeline"

Tue May 20, 2008 11:17am EDT
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By Bob Tourtellotte

CANNES, France (Reuters) - After starting a family, Gwyneth Paltrow recently returned to movies in the hit "Iron Man," but it is her new movie "Two Lovers" that fully returned her to the art form she loves, the actress said on Tuesday.

The film, which had its world premiere at the Cannes film festival Monday night, stars Paltrow as a mixed up young woman who wins the love of a complex man, played by Joaquin Phoenix.

Yet their attachment comes with emotional troubles.

Far from the perky assistant Pepper Potts in big budget Hollywood flick "Iron Man," Paltrow's role of Michelle in "Two Lovers" fuelled the 35-year-old's desire to return to acting.

"It gave to me kind of a lifeline," she told reporters at a festival news conference. "I feel like I was really able to be very free and raw and true.

"Going from being a mother at home for a long time, which is the greatest joy of my life, to feel like an artist again ... that was a gift."

Paltrow, the daughter of actress Blythe Danner and producer Bruce Paltrow, burst onto the Hollywood scene in the 1990s and was almost immediately catapulted into leading lady status.

Her role as Viola, who captures the fancy of a young William Shakespeare in 1998 romantic comedy "Shakespeare in Love," earned her the Oscar for best actress. Afterward, she became one of Hollywood's hottest young names.   Continued...

<p>Cast member Gwyneth Paltrow poses during a photocall for "Two Lovers" by U.S. director James Gray at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 20, 2008. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler</p>