By peoplestaff225
Updated July 30, 2007 03:12 PM

It took the prospect of working with Robert Downey Jr. in the new film Iron Man to lure Gwyneth Paltrow out of her maternity leave, and the actress says the role was well worth it — professionally as well as personally. Although she is grateful for the time she spent at home with daughter Apple, 3, and son Moses, 15 months, the award-winning actress felt the time was right to return to the big screen.

According to Gwyneth, having two kids in as many years left her with a ‘post-baby nightmare‘ of a body that needed re-vamping before she could play Virginia ‘Pepper’ Potts, the assistant to Robert’s superhero character in the film. She ultimately shed 15-pounds for the part.

Apple and Moses are Gwyneth’s children with husband Chris Martin.

Sources: People,