Gwyneth Paltrow is going through a tough time these days with news of her “conscious uncoupling” with Coldplay singer Chris Martin, whom she had been with for over 10 years. Instead of rehashing details of her personal life, let’s look back at her as an actress and highlight the top 5 films of her career so far.
5. Shallow Hal (2001)
In this film, Gwyneth Paltrow plays a morbidly obese woman who while not the typical beauty on the outside, has a beautiful “inside”. The film stars Jack Black as a man who only sees women for their exterior qualities. He ends up stuck in an elevator with self-help guru Tony Robbins who hypnotizes him to only see women for their inner beauty. This is where Gwyneth Paltrow comes into the picture, while the rest of the world sees a morbidly obese woman, Hal (Jack Black) sees her as we are used to seeing Gwyneth Paltrow, as a fit, beautiful woman. Gwyneth brought a lot of heart into the role and made us all question what truly defines beauty.
4. Iron Man franchise (2008)
Gwyneth Paltrow hit it big with the Marvel Iron Man franchise starring opposite Robert Downey Jr. where she plays his assistant/love interest Pepper Potts. Gwyneth has already played the character in the original Iron Man and the two Iron Man sequels as well
as the joint super hero 2012 film The Avengers. While playing Pepper Potts, she best shines next to Robert Downey Jr., able to match wits and even charm with the eccentric character actor, something that should be applauded as Robert Downey Jr. tends to command the screen. She is set to once again reprise the role in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is currently filming.
3. Country Strong (2010)
Gwyneth Paltrow plays the fictitious country music star Kelly Canter, who has fallen from the spotlight and has been in and out of rehab for substance abuse. In this filmed she successfully portrayed the role of an addict in a real world sense. She may not have been the star of the film, but her character was the best liked in the film. This showcased her abilities as an actress to have us both like and hate a character at the same time. After the film the country singing bug stayed with her as she played live a few times as herself and even came close to releasing an album.
2. Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Gwyneth Paltrow took home the Oscar for Best Actress at the 1999 Academy Awards for her portrayal of Viola de Lesseps, where she played the secret and forbidden lover of William Shakespeare played by Joseph Fiennes. While their romance goes forward, so do the events that end up being apart of what Shakespeare uses in his most infamous play, Romeo & Juliet. Garnering wide attention for her performance, Gwyneth stood her own against such formidable actors such as Tom Wilkinson and even Madam Judi Dench. The film went on to win 7 Oscars total that year.
1. Seven (1995)
The only sweet and innocent thing from the entire film is Gwyneth Paltrow’s character, Tracy. Gwyneth stars alongside Brad Pitt as his wife, and also Morgan Freeman as Brad Pitt’s partner. The film is considered a classic, it blends a great style of noir, action and even horror (remember that creepy skinny guy). The most memorable part of the film is shared between Gwyneth’s character and Kevin Spacey’s psychopathic serial killer character, a moment that is not even shown on screen. We all feel sorry for the delicate character of Tracy, which Gwyneth is able to bring out a sense of lightness to a rather dark film. It is not till the end that we realize the moment these two characters shared together, in one of the biggest twist in movie history, where we all find out just what’s in the box.
Opinion By Miguel A. Tamayo