There have been rumors about tension between Scarlett Johansson and Gwyneth Paltrow for months. It all started when Iron Man 2 was being filmed, and reports started leaking that Gwyneth was upset with all the attention ScarJo got from cast and crew, especially when ScarJo donned her skintight catsuit.
The drama escalated with last week’s Entertainment Weekly preview of Iron Man 2 – in which Gwyneth was mysteriously absent from the promotional images. Reportedly, Gwyenth was furious, although her rep formally denied it. The report at that time was that Gwyneth was in such a snit, she would pull out of some of her promotional duties until producers started giving her the star treatment. I thought there was something to that report – especially given that Gwyneth didn’t show up for Comic-Con with the rest of the cast.
Meanwhile, Scarlett has been trying to do some damage control as she does advanced press for Iron Man 2. There were some vague reports that ScarJo sort of denied that there was tension between her and Paltrow, and now Io9 has a new interview where ScarJo tries her best to end the rumors. ScarJo’s defense? That Goopy is “out of the loop” because she spends so much time with her “wonderful family”.
Io9: Are there any truth rumors about the cat fight between you and Gwyneth Paltrow?
SJ: No, nothing could be further from the truth. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about working with her. Well, she’s very much out of the loop. She’s very much out of the loop, you know — she’s got a wonderful family whom she spends a lot of time with. So for her, she’s like, “What’s going on? What?” And of course Jon [Favreau] who’s on his Twitter, he’s crazy about any kind of news about anything. He’s like “You haven’t heard? You haven’t heard?” And he comes onto set and we’re both like, “Oh god.” Every time I would say to Gwyneth, “Oh yeah, that was on the seventh,” and she’d say, “Are you sure it wasn’t on the sixth?” He’d [Favreau] yell, “what? It’s a cat fight! It’s breaking out.”
Io9: The last thing they were saying is that she was in New York purposely snubbing Comic Con because you were going to get all of the attention.
SJ: Believe me she’s worthy of plenty of attention and I know that that fans love her and they are going to love to see her in this movie, because her character kind of comes into her own. I know she would love to be here as well, but she’s with her family.
Here’s what I think is really happening: there was some on-set tension because Gwyneth was no longer the only girl in the all-boys-club of Iron Man 2, but there wasn’t this huge catfight like the tabloids made it out to be. I also think that ScarJo is being pushed more heavily than Gwyneth because ScarJo is “hotter” right now, and producers want to increase the buzz. ScarJo brings more buzz than Goopy, plain and simple. That being said, I don’t think Gwyneth is being meangirled, I just think Gwyneth is trying and failing to pull star-rank on producers, and they aren’t playing.