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Chelsea Handler met up with actress Renée Zellweger on her Netflix-sponsored talk show to discuss the strange phenomenon of fame and the transitions the Bridget Jones actress faced as a result.
Zellweger rose to stardom after her breakout role in Cameron Crowe’s Jerry Maguire, in which she starred alongside Tom Cruise. Though nearly twenty years have passed since her initial star turn, the actress is still handling the fallout that comes with fame.
During the intimate sit down, the 47-year-old star discussed her odd relationship with her career, a self-deprecating dialogue that can be best described as “Impostor Syndrome.” “I’m not trained,” Zellweger said, “I feel like every job I kind of got by accident because I tricked them and they just haven’t found out yet, but inevitably they’re going to and they’re going to fire me.”
Handler was quick to point out that Zellweger has never seemed completely comfortable in the spotlight, to which the Texan actress agreed. “I really like the job,” Zellweger told Handler. “Fame is just weird to me. It’s not natural … You don’t have an opportunity to really meet people in a genuine way.
Zellweger admitted that fame is something one never quite acclimates to: “There’s a lot of things that happen, that change, when suddenly people recognize you on the street. You’re not born with the faculties to know how to navigate that immediately, you have to develop skills. I’m still developing those skills,” Zellweger said.
Watch the video above for the full interview—which includes insights into the issues surrounding female self-confidence and a look at Zellweger’s relationship with her family.
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Renée did an exclusive interview with People to discuss her break from Hollywood and what motivated that. I think this is a beautiful interview that all Renée fans should read. Thank you to Jess Cagle for such a beautiful interview.
With Bridget Jones’s Baby, her first movie in six years, Renée Zellweger is back in the spotlight. Subscribe now for an inside look at why she took a break from acting, only in PEOPLE!
After struggling with life in the spotlight, Renée Zellweger says she is finally healthy, happy and in love.
In this week’s PEOPLE cover story, the Bridget Jones’s Baby actress talks to Jess Cagle, the editorial director of PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly, about her struggles with fame after her career took off, her decision to take a break from acting and her return to the public eye with her first movie in six years.
“My personal life had taken a back seat to fulfilling my professional obligations. I felt a responsibility not to let people down. And so I just kept going,” Zellweger, 47, says. “And there wasn’t a reason not to. I didn’t have children or an established relationship that dictated I make different choices. And because of the choices I was making and the life that I was living, I had no time to develop that in my life.”
The Oscar winner sparked speculation that she had had plastic surgery on her face when she attended an Elle event in 2014. At the time, she told PEOPLE: “I’m glad folks think I look different. I’m living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I’m thrilled that perhaps it shows. I am healthy. For a long time, I wasn’t doing such a good job with that. I took on a schedule that is not realistically sustainable. I kept running until I was depleted and made bad choices about how to conceal the exhaustion.”
Now, when asked about those decisions, Zellweger says she took “bad advice…when someone else’s suggestion about what might be a good idea feels like kindness.”
But Zellweger, who’s been dating guitarist/singer Doyle Bramhall II, an old friend from Texas, since 2012, says she’s much happier with herself and her more balanced life now. She says she realized several years ago: “I don’t want to be this person 10 years from now. I’d like to become more of who I’m supposed to be.”
Zellweger returns to the screen in Bridget Jones’s Baby, in theaters Sept. 16.
To watch the full interview clip go here.
Renee shares with Vanity Fair how she loves the imperfect parts of Bridget and how that shares that it makes it okay to be imperfect!
The star talks returning for Bridget Jones’s Baby, and why we just can’t let this character go.
I’m happy to be back, and back as Bridget,” says an enthusiastic Renée Zellweger. After taking a six-year hiatus from acting, she makes a welcomed comeback to the big screen as hapless, lovelorn, singleton Bridget Jones in Bridget Jones’s Baby—the third installment of the beloved series. “As an actress, it’s a dream come true role. You run the gamut of human emotions with each incarnation of the story. She’s an authentic character and I have so much fun playing her.”
The Oscar winner sat down with Vanity Fair at an intimate luncheon at New York City’s lavish Lotos Club on Tuesday to discuss her new movie. Also attending the swanky affair were co-star Colin Firth, director Sharon Maguire (who also helmed the original 2001 flick), Bridget Jones creator and author Helen Fielding, and producer Eric Fellner. Early reviews are praising the film’s honesty and humor, and applauding Zellweger’s heartfelt performance as well.
“What I love the most about Bridget is her vulnerability and her openness,” says Zellweger. “I love that she makes it O.K. to be imperfect. That makes me root and cheer for her every time. Like all of us, she has evolved. She is more inclined to listen to her own intuition, and she has matured a little bit.”
In the film, out Sept. 16, Bridget is now in her 40s and wiser. She’s a top TV news producer and has dropped down to her ideal weight—but is still looking for love. Her life is turned upside down when she discovers she’s expecting a baby, but is unsure about the father of the child. He could either be Mark Darcy (Firth), her ex who recently came back into her life, or American dating app mogul (Patrick Dempsey), with whom she had a fling with at a music festival. Reprising the role was an easy decision for Zellweger. It’s a part that she personally identifies with.
“Oh yeah, I completely relate to Bridget. More than I’d like to admit,” says the star, 47. “I think all of us, including myself, relate to Bridget Jones in her imperfections. The heart of Bridget is the truth of who the person is versus who she thinks she’s supposed to be. If we were privy to everybody’s inner dialogue, we would recognize that we all share the same anxieties and we all have the same hopes for ourselves and our lives, and that we all have fears of not measuring up. I think that’s why we find her so relatable.”
Hard as it may be to imagine Zellweger as flawed, she insists upon it: “Seriously, I’m not perfect,” she exclaims. “My imperfections always surface at the most inopportune time. Usually on live TV, in an interview situation, and always on a red carpet. There’s always something happening, but that’s life. You just have to move forward.”– Read More –