Given that comics probably weren’t your thing as a child, what drew you to the characters of Iron Man?
I was more into fairytales and Roald Dahl books. Then I went through an obsessive Nancy Drew period and got into novels – very into Charlotte Bronte and Jane Austin!
But it’s like any great character in fiction, there’s a redemptive quality about them, or something you can kind of relate to or aspire to be.
That’s why Iron Man is wonderful. In the beginning he’s so egotistical, and he’s able to make this incredible internal transformation. I find that really inspiring.
As Pepper Potts, you’re very much in control, juggling everything. Are you like that in real life?
I think all mommies are like that, aren’t they? We have our fingers in all the pots and we have to organise when the heating breaks and lunches and school projects and our own work.
We’re born multi-taskers, so in that way Pepper and every woman have that similarity. I like things organised, but sometimes I can’t pull it all off!