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Thursday 17 April 2014

Paltrow: Girls are ruling comedy

Gwyneth Paltrow is producing an 'outrageous girl comedy'

Gwyneth Paltrow is proud that girl power is reigning in the comedy world at the moment.

The Hollywood actress, who will reprise her role as Pepper Potts in Iron Man 3, is keen to do more female-dominated films, following the success of Bridesmaids.

"Women are huge consumers of entertainment - they love movies, they love TV, and now I think with the success of something like Bridesmaids, where the audience is women but because there are diarrhoea jokes, their husbands or boyfriends will go, it sort of opens things up," she told US Harper's Bazaar.

"Women can be outrageous, and it's commercial," she added.

Gwyneth, who is producing "an outrageous girl comedy", is looking to expand her range of roles.

"I want to be challenged, and I want to have fun. I would love to do movies with friends and laugh and have a good time, or do something with a high degree of difficulty like 33 Days," she said, referring to the Pablo Picasso biopic in which she plays French artist Dora Maar opposite Antonio Banderas, in Spanish.

She admitted turning 40 has made her more relaxed, and she's been inspired by her good friend, rapper Jay-Z.

"I don't hold on to fear as much as I used to, because I've learned a lot about genuinely not caring what strangers think about me," she said.

"It's very liberating. It's very empowering, and I've learned a lot of that from Jay - Shawn Carter - Z, because his approach to life is very internal. It's a very good lesson to learn."

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