By Chris Parsons

Helping hand: Gwyneth is helped down some steps in front of Matt Damon, her co-star in the gripping virus disaster film

Her latest film may cast her as the victim of a terrifying global virus, but that didn't stop Gwyneth Paltrow from looking bright and glamorous during a photocall for Contagion today.

The actress teamed an eye-catching Prada dress with a black belt during her appearance at the 68th Venice Film Festival.

The 38-year-old star dazzled in the brightly-coloured ensemble she wore for the Contagion photocall - a film where she is infected with a mystery virus which quickly causes global terror.

The future's bright: Gwyneth dazzles in the orange Prada dress for the Contagion photocall in Venice

Steven Soderbergh's virus disaster film premiered in Venice this week, with Gwyneth appearing alongside co-stars Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne and Jennifer Ehle at the Palazzo del Casino photocall.

Gwyneth's glamorous style was a far cry from the more natural look she showed off last weekend in New York, where she appeared make-up free to promote her new cookbook.

Contagion follows the trail of a deadly virus which starts when Gwyneth's character, Beth Emhoff, is infected at an airport, allowing the mystery illness to go global.

And Gwyneth's performance clearly won her some new fans, not least co-star Matt Damon.

Gwyneth is joined in the film by Matt Damon, left, and Laurence Fishburne, second from right, in the film by Steven Soderbergh, right

Smile for the camera: Gwyneth plas virus victim Beth Emhoff in the disaster thriller, which premiered in Venice

In an interview with Access Hollywood, he said: '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, in a way that I don’t understand, because I can’t do it.

'I’ve worked with a lot of great actors and one thing that happens for me is that a great actor is so good that they pull me right in... that’s how I feel when I do a scene with her, I’m instantly brought in because she takes me there.'

All smiles: The 38-year-old appeared to be in good spirits as she happily posed for pictures during the films' photocall


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