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What's on Gwyneth Paltrow's mind

”The Good Night” star talks about her long absence from movies

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HER BROTHER’S MOVIE
I asked, ”Can I please be in [The Good Night]?” Jake kept resisting. He thought, ”It’s my first film, and I don’t want it to be associated with you.” Slowly he [realized], ”My sister’s a really good actress and if she wants to be in the film, I might as well.”

HAVING IT ALL
I hadn’t worked in a long time. I was really committed to being home. Then I finally agreed to do this movie Iron Man [a comic-book adaptation with Robert Downey Jr.]. I reached a place where I thought, ”It’s okay that I have a passion for something besides my family.” I love making films. If I do one thing that makes me fulfilled, then I’m a more interesting woman for my children.

PEERS OF INFLUENCE
I’m not going to work like I did before I had kids. [Paltrow and her husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, have two children: Apple, 2, and Moses, 10 months.] I want to call Kate Winslet and say, ”Can you tell me how to do this?” Or call Cate Blanchett and ask her to describe [her day] from 7 a.m. on, and tell me what to do, because I don’t know how to do this. But it’s not going to be back-to-back films.

THOSE PESKY RAGS
You want to be an actor. You don’t want to be in whatever tabloid. To me, those worlds seem mutually exclusive. And I fully understand that for whatever reason I’m one of those people where there’s an interest, if you will, in my personal life. But I do think people are kind of bored. I’ve got a couple kids, a husband, I’ve just been at home.

HER BEST-PIC PICK
I was really killed by Babel, I loved it so much. Especially the two women, Adriana Barraza and Rinko Kikuchi.