Gwyneth Paltrow is a woman of many talents. Her performances on Sliding Doors, Shakespeare in Love, The Talented Mr. Ripley and many more have been fan favorites. The blonde beauty has made a name for herself in Hollywood, which includes roles that weren’t high on Paltrow’s list. However, her most notable roles may have been in the films Iron Man and Avengers.
Paltrow’s on-screen counterpart in the Marvel films was none other than Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. “My relationship with Robert Downey Jr. was obviously forged through all the ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Avengers’ movies,” Paltrow told People. “I feel like I’ve been able to find an incredible, lifelong, inspirational partner and friend,” she added.
“Iron Man” and its sequels had a star-studded cast and grossed over $2.421 billion at the box office, according to The Numbers. To the untrained eye, it seemed like the couple had a chemistry that really brought the characters’ romance together for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, there were a few moments on set that could have been more chilling than hot for the actors. The Clean Plate writer revealed she’s not a fan of kissing Downey.
Kissing Robert Downey Jr. felt like kissing a sibling
Gwyneth Paltrow admitted that making out with her Iron Man lover Robert Downey Jr. felt like hooking up with her sibling. The Goop creator decided to kiss and tell, sharing her best and worst on-screen kisses on an episode of her “Goop Podcast” in October 2020.
Paltrow said her worst is Iron Man himself because of the “brother energy” he has. “Like with Robert, when I kissed him and I was like, ‘You must be joking,'” said Paltrow, who locked his lips with Downey in several “Iron Man” and “Avengers” films. “It’s literally like kissing my brother.”
Thankfully, Paltrow’s feelings don’t seem to have been mutual. In a May 2016 interview with Howard Stern, the ‘Due Date’ actor jokingly shared his take on the on-screen romance, saying, “I have to get her back in these movies so I can make out with her on screen again. “
Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr. have been friends for over ten years
Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr. might not have had a great on-screen kiss, but all was not lost between them as the two have shared years of friendship as a result of their collaboration.
Of course, a friendship also developed between the Goop founder and Robert’s wife, the producer Susan Downey. According to the “Doolittle” actor, it’s his wife and Paltrow who make sure their families see each other despite their busy schedules. “They’re both Type-A, organized, and that’s how Susan and Gwyneth organize our ability to stay close and keep our doors open for each other and to keep up with each other’s lives and each other’s kids,” he said Oregon 2013 live.
In April 2020, Paltrow gave a heartfelt tribute to Robert and their friendship, wishing him a happy birthday on Instagram. Below the throwback photo, she wrote of her co-star, “Here he is toasting our wedding, during which his humor evokes my usual expression of sheer delight/shock when he’s around. He is my brother, friend and supporter. A mega genius and the craziest comedy writer of all time. I know our entire @marvel family joins me in wishing him a very happy day… We [love] you RDJ.”