Paltrow took help from Downey Jr to play addict

London: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow says she took help from Robert Downey Jr. to understand her role as an alcoholic singer in new movie `Country Strong`.

I actually emailed Robert Downey Jr., who has been sober for a long time, and asked him to explain addiction to me. And he wrote me the most amazing email. And it really helped me understand it," quoted her as saying.

The 38-year-old actress will play alcoholic singer Kelly Canter in the new movie "Country Strong" for which she sought the advice of Downey Jr., who battled addictions to drink and drugs for many years, to get into the mindset of her character.