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Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow meet again, as grown-ups

August 30, 2011 |  5:18 pm

Gwyneth Paltrow and Matt Damon star in "Contagion"

When "Contagion" opens in September, film fans will get to see Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow reunited from 1999's "The Talented Mr. Ripley."

Damon — who plays husband to Paltrow's character, a businesswoman stricken by a mysterious virus, in Steven Soderbergh's thriller — opened up about working with her again after more than a decade.

Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow in 'The Talented Mr. Ripley'"I was reminded of just how amazing she is, she's a really special actress," Damon told "Access Hollywood." "More so than anybody I've ever worked with, she's got an ability to turn it on and off. Like she can just be talking about anything and then when they say, 'Rolling,' it's like she snaps, she just locks in." 

Damon said "Mr. Ripley," made when he and Paltrow were in their 20s, feels "like a lifetime ago." With both now married with kids, their vibe was much more adult.

"We were talking about kids a lot," he said. "It was nice to reconnect."

Paltrow is married to Coldplay rocker Chris Martin, with children Apple and Moses. Damon, married to Luciana Barroso for nearly six years, has three kids at home.

See the whole interview, below.


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Top photos: Gwyneth Paltrow in December 2010; Matt Damon in February 2011. Credits:  Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times, left; Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times, right.

Left photo:  Damon and Paltrow in the 1999 film "The Talented Mr. Ripley." Credit: Paramount Pictures.