While doing promotion for her upcoming feature Country Strong, Gwyneth Paltrow spoke about her part in the upcoming Steven Soderbergh film Contagion. A lot of big names are attached to the project, which centers on the outbreak of a deadly virus. The actress talked about the preparation that went into her role and what type of character she plays.

Even though the premise of Contagion deals with a virus, and the majority of the characters are doctors and scientists, Paltrow says that she didn’t do any CDC (Centers for Disease Control) research.

“No, I didn’t. My character in that is totally unaware. I get the virus very early on. Kate Winslet plays the CDC doctor. I’m not playing like someone from the Czech Republic who does backhand springs or anything like that. It’s pretty straight forward. “

She also revealed that her part isn’t that big. She’s just one piece of a huge movie machine.

“The movie is a really exciting movie. We all kind of have these little parts in it. We’re all important parts in the whole overall thing. It’s exciting for me because I got to work with Steven Soderbergh.”

With such a lightweight role, Paltrow was able to fit Contagion into her busy schedule. According to her, she shot one day in Hong Kong, four days in Chicago, and that was it!

Contagion is scheduled to hit theaters on October 21, 2011.

Are you excited about Contagion?