Robert Downey helped me play addict: Gwyneth Paltrow

Last Updated: Mar 26, 2011, 17:34 PM IST

London: Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow says `Iron Man` star Robert Downey, who has over his battle with drug addiction, helped her to better understand her role as an alcoholic singer in new movie `Country Strong`.

The 38-year-old actress, who plays the character of an alcoholic singer Kelly Canter in her forthcoming film had emailed Downey, 45, to seek advice to get into the mindset of
an addict, reported a website.

"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," said the actress.

Paltrow, who is married to `Coldplay` frontman Chris Martin, says she has never experimented with drugs herself but enjoys an alcoholic tipple every now and again.

"Yeah, I do drink. I really enjoy red wine the most. But I like going to British pubs and having the odd pint of Guinness, too.

But other than that I drink white wine and rose. And on a night out a good vodka Martini is always a good choice. So, yes, I do have a drink!" added the `Shakespeare in Love`
star.

PTI