No re­grets

GWYNETH PAL­TROW

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IT’S rare to see an A-list star and style icon of the cal­i­bre of Os­car-win­ner Gwyneth Pal­trow die within the first 10 min­utes of a movie, let alone take her last breath in such a grue­some man­ner.

Tes­ta­ment to her lack of van­ity, the high gross-out fac­tor for the al­ways-glam­orous Pal­trow didn’t de­ter her. ‘‘ I thought it was hi­lar­i­ous,’’ she says. ‘‘ I was laugh­ing when I saw the end re­sult, but it’s ob­vi­ously very dif­fer­ent when you ex­pe­ri­ence the fak­ery of some­thing. ‘‘ I liked the gory make-up. I had to get my tongue painted, put con­tact lenses in, all that stuff.’’

Con­ta­gion boasts an en­sem­ble cast that in­cludes Matt Da­mon, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Mar­ion Cotil­lard and Lau­rence Fish­burne. Bud­geted at US$ 60 mil­lion and di­rected by Steven Soder­bergh, this alarm­ing thriller is about a lethal pan­demic that turns global in a mat­ter of days.

Could this hap­pen in real life?

‘‘ Yeah, I think so,’’ Pal­trow says. ‘‘ Will some­thing like this hap­pen in our life­time? Pos­si­bly, prob­a­bly, but I try not to worry about things that I can’t con­trol. There’s no point.’’

Mar­ried to Cold­play front­man, Chris Martin, and liv­ing in Lon­don, Pal­trow is mother to Ap­ple, 7, and Moses, 5.

Did her parenting style to­wards health change af­ter mak­ing this movie?

‘‘ Not re­ally. I think kids need to get sick for their im­mune sys­tems. They need to get dirty and it’s just a part of life,’’ she says.

‘‘ I don’t overly worry. If some­one has the flu, I don’t sit my kids in front of them, but I’m also not like Howard Hughes ei­ther.’’

Other than last year’s Coun­try Strong, Pal­trow has taken on only smaller roles in films of late, as well as a stint on the hit TV show Glee, which earned her an Emmy award for Out­stand­ing Guest Ac­tress in a Com­edy Se­ries.

Pre­sum­ably, putting her ca­reer and ego on the back-burner must be chal­leng­ing at times?

‘‘ Well, my chil­dren are more im­por­tant than my ca­reer. Luck­ily, I’d achieved a lot be­fore I had them. Now my fo­cus is my kids,’’ she says.

‘‘ When a film comes along that’s great then I try to work it out, or else I don’t do it. But I don’t have re­grets about my de­ci­sions.

‘‘ I look for good sup­port­ing roles, so the part in Con­ta­gion was per­fect.

‘‘ I went to Hong Kong for three days, Chicago for a few days, and that was it. I didn’t have to take my kids out of school.’’

This marks the sec­ond time she and

Da­mon have pro­moted a movie to­gether in Venice. The pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sion was in 1999 for The Tal­ented Mr Ri­p­ley.

She says can­didly: ‘‘ I re­ally did not have a good time mak­ing that film. It was the worst time in my life. Both my dad and grand­fa­ther were di­ag­nosed with can­cer, so I don’t have great mem­o­ries of that time.

‘‘ So it’s ac­tu­ally nice to come back and re­frame Venice with Matt Da­mon in a nice way.’’

The face of Amer­i­can fash­ion brand Coach, Pal­trow is in great shape and looks much younger than her 39 years.

‘‘ I have to work out ev­ery day, es­pe­cially when I just ate a huge plate of fritto misto,’’ she laughs. ‘‘ Some days I en­joy it, some days I don’t, but I have to do it. Other­wise I couldn’t fit into this dress.’’

Re­fresh­ingly, she ad­mits to an ex­er­cise reg­i­men – un­like many of her peers, who claim to be ge­net­i­cally blessed.

Clearly amused, she says: ‘‘ They all starve them­selves and work out, and some just starve them­selves. But the thing is I love food and I cook all the time.

‘‘ That means I have to do 50 min­utes of car­dio­vas­cu­lar ex­er­cise five days a week. I can’t gain weight. It’s part of my job.’’ It’s also a re­quire­ment as a movie star to re­main youth­ful as long as pos­si­ble. She talks a lit­tle about Botox and plas­tic surgery.

‘‘ It’s tough. I would pre­fer to look like my­self, and I don’t mind hav­ing some wrin­kles, but I also to­tally ac­knowl­edge that there’s a point where I may want to do that,’’ Pal­trow says.

‘‘ Women should do what­ever makes them feel good, happy and com­fort­able.

‘‘ I don’t think there’s any­thing wrong with it.

‘‘ Although, I also think there’s a point that you shouldn’t cross be­cause it’s im­por­tant to look like your­self.

‘‘ You also have to con­sider that as an ac­tress your face is sup­posed to be ex­pres­sive.

‘‘ You have to be able to frown and cry, so I’d never want to do that much.

‘‘ I’m sure when I’m 60 I’ll be sit­ting here with a facelift.’’

It must come as a re­lief to have achieved so many ac­co­lades and ca­reer goals al­ready?

‘‘ Yes, I did a lot at a young age. Now I see that we have this idea that you have to achieve in or­der to be worth some­thing and its ab­so­lutely not true,’’ she says.

‘‘ It’s just how you re­gard your­self. I’m re­ally just fig­ur­ing that les­son out now.’’ Clearly, this is a good time in her life. ‘‘ I feel very good. I feel grounded and I feel like my fam­ily is in good shape, thank good­ness,’’ she says.

‘‘ Ev­ery­body is happy and I’m very con­tent. It’s a good time, for sure. It’s a happy time.’’

CON­TA­GION

Opens on Thurs­day at Vil­lage Cine­mas

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