Gwyneth Paltrow's unlikely inspiration
January 3rd, 2011
10:39 AM ET

Gwyneth Paltrow's unlikely inspiration

"Country Strong" star Gwyneth Paltrow didn't look to Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift as inspiration for her role as guitar-strumming singer Kelly Canter. Instead, she sought advice from an unlikely source: Robert Downey Jr.

In the film, Paltrow plays a country singer who attempts to stage a comeback after being treated in rehab for drugs and alcohol. "I just couldn't understand how you could be so drunk that you could wreck people's lives and then wake up the next day and pretend everything was fine," the 38-year-old Oscar winner says. "I struggled with that."

So, she turned to "Iron Man" costar Downey, who has worked his way back onto the top of Hollywood's A-list after conquering his own demons. "I asked Robert, 'How does this work?'" Paltrow says. "He was really articulate about addiction and the psychology behind it. He really helped me a lot."

One thing Downey didn't help Paltrow with was warbling. "I could always sing a bit and I have good pitch, but my singing teacher really kicked my butt," says the actress. "She was like, 'There's a big voice in there, we're gonna get it out!'"

See for yourself when "Country Strong" arrives in theaters January 7.

soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Verawati

    I have trained three atstris even with indifference of an oppositional host: they have survived. I am not as difficult as I seem in commentary: but if you observe the world they will listen to nothing less: and perhaps they have not heard me: until they can hear no more from me.Perhaps I am giving you open entrance into thoughts you are not ready for,and will ignore. I would have to say that adults ignore: while children observe wisdom. I would have to say that my children's speech: like mine. has been imprisioned.

    August 11, 2012 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. Patricia

    I saw the trailer to this movie the other night and her character gets so wasted. It was strange seeing her in that kind of role. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie.

    January 4, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. fizzle `D`

    darn...I meant criticizing...

    January 4, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. fizzle `D`

    Can we stop critisizing such nonsense. I do like reading the positive intellect on the regards to our peltrow. she is a brilliant actress and has a nack for wonderful foods. she is very inspirational and love all of the rolls she plays.

    January 4, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jax

    With the help of a credible master of the craft many times over.
    She'll obtain some highlights in skill.
    Her poor hubby, unable to give his wife insight. Leaving her to draw what she can from RD Jr...quite wise indeed! 😉

    January 4, 2011 at 4:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Brett

      Her poor hubby can't give her advise on addiction? I think that might be a good thing!

      January 4, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. Roland

    I just love seeing her never mind the movie....

    January 4, 2011 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. JLancaster

    Wow......really CNN.....this is news? I mean,I love Gwen, but come on now.......where are the more important issues, It's getting bad now..

    January 4, 2011 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
    • s

      This article is in the entertainment section. If you're looking for world issues you won't find them there.

      January 4, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • eddie

      this is a very real problem in our society today- i hope she can pull it off and help people understand, we are all affected by these peoples actions.

      January 9, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. steama

    Poor girl is dim.

    January 4, 2011 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  9. michaelwackson

    Paltrow is a great singer. I was also told she can moonwalk and brake dance. now that is got. right paris?

    January 3, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Diva

    All I can say is Apple, what a kid with a drinking problem waiting to happen,

    January 3, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. doedizzle

    tell me she gets naked in this movie:-D jk.. can't wait to hear that new track with her and ceelo! "raise the roof" :-/

    January 3, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. babycelebs411

    well...i guess she learned from the best:) maybe when she is interested in some love advice should seek Kelsey Grammer on the matter. check out the latest on Kelsey and ex-wife Camille on our Celebs911 page:

    January 3, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Elizabeth

    She's not a country star, she's only a bad actress!!!

    January 3, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. filmguy76

    I really liked her at the end of seven,what a great actress very small spaces.also good in ironman!!

    January 3, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RickJames

    Very talented woman, but she need not look to the flash in the pan Taylor Swift, that girl will be gone in a New York minute. The only reason he 5 minutes is 10 is because of the internet.

    January 3, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • God

      Yes, Rick, and you are even more of a flash in the pan. You are definitely not one of my best.

      January 3, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julian

      anything and probably woludn`t have been believed anyway.i will save readers the description save for her telling me that we were now boyfriend and girlfriend and kissing me as i walked back home.she would have been 13 or so at the time.there was one other episode that has haunted me over time. when i was in sunday school we were all made to sit in lines in the gym in front of female teachers who had put many layers of clothes on. in turn each child got up and removed a piece of clothing from the woman standing at the front of thier line.i can remember like it was yesterday sliding back to the end of the line each time a child ran back to the end thinking the last thing i want to do is pull a piece of clothing off a teacher.what do you think the reaction from parents would be if a game like that was played in school today...or is it just me?

      August 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Valeria

      it might be interesting at some point for sodebomy to investigate the shows in London Berlin and New York which are commented on here; to see whether each location has a common thread or aesthetic sensibility. Are they showing (in general terms) the same thing or does each city have a distinctive voice? London style Berlin style etc answers on a postcard

      August 12, 2012 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  16. Mike

    isn't she married to a singer???

    January 3, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • God

      Well, to call him a singer would be generous. Yes, he sings, but it sounds more like whine.

      January 3, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Posh-Kenneth

    @the_dude- so... you're saying Gwyneth Paltrow, who has been around for years, has made many great movies and sings quite well... is at all comparable to Lady Gaga or anything she tucks? Lady Gaga is a fart on the chemical scale compared to 90% of the people in Hollywood. I like her well enough but Gwyneth is always very kind and poised when you see her unlike a lot of other celebrities. I met her and her husband briefly backstage at a concert of his and they were both very nice and humble.

    Atleast she's not some troll actin a fool on the internet with lame attempts at witty comedy. Idiot.

    January 3, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • dorkinout

      @Posh-Kenneth – "Atleast she's not some troll actin a fool on the internet with lame attempts at witty comedy. Idiot"

      Rather ironic considering your failed attempt to be witty and relevant makes you sound like the biggest idiot on this comment page. Try toning down the anger and perhaps your life will not be such a miserablew ball of bitterness and anger (regardless of what public figure irks you – get a real problem).

      January 3, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • steama

      "I just couldn't understand how you could be so drunk that you could wreck people's lives and then wake up the next day and pretend everything was fine"

      She is either a liar or dumb as they come.

      January 4, 2011 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Posh-Kenneth

      @DorkinOut- made you should learn to read better beyond your GED level there. I thought my post was rather civil compared to what it could have been. The last line was the only time I said anything offensive and on a scale from 1-10 it was like a .5 so... yeah. If thats angry to you then I'd hate to see what you think p!ssed off looks like. Moron. I wasn't even attempting to be witty. But dont worry, you good.

      *bows* glad I could effect someone enough to post, looks like niether of us have lives.

      January 4, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Babiyaga

      hey dorkinout,
      This is the pot calling the kettle black. Nice to see there are more hypocrites online than not. Posh's post was really mellow, so maybe you're reading inbetween some invisible lines no one else can see. How's it feel attacking someone else from that high horse you got yourself on? Try not to be a toolbag next time, might get your point farther across.

      Tool. Bag.

      January 4, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      This is an awesome chalelnge I love the creativity that can be brought from limitations! As a dyer, I found myself overwhelmed with the possibility of being to dye any color I wanted. It was only when I limited color choices that I began to hit my stride!

      August 14, 2012 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
  18. JamesR

    I am looking forward to this movie.

    January 3, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karla

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      August 13, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
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    January 3, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Man, I thought that I was her biggest inspiration...

      January 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatnext

      I thought you were on the Kathy Griffin article, Bob, making brilliant comments like "Who is Kathy Griffin?"

      January 3, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |

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