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.
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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 –
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It’s in line with the milieu of most modern singletons. Twelve years after Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason hit theaters, Bridget Jones’s Baby finds our heroine on top of her professional game, with the same friends (except they all have kids) and a high-profile producing job (where she’s surrounded by Millennials). “When I first read Bridget Jones I related to her as a 28-year-old woman, and at this point I feel like I’ve kind of grown up with her,” says Renée Zellweger, 47.
There is one major change: Alarmingly, to some fans, Bridget has become svelte, after documenting her weight pound for pound in the last two film installments.
It was director Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones’s Diary) who pushed that plot point, Zellweger says. “Sharon’s explanation was, ‘Let’s let her have this thing that she’d always hoped to achieve in her life, and yet show how little consequence it has on her happiness,’ ” says the Oscar-winning actress, tucked in an overstuffed chair at Hotel Casa Del Mar. “She never had a weight problem to my mind. It was just something that she had fixated on.”
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Another Bridget Jones’s Baby screening was last night in New York City and was held by DuJour media. I have added pics of Renee to our gallery.
Renee shared with The Hollywood Reporter about her Bridget Jones Moment from the first films premiere.
“There was this huge amount of fuss in the British press about an American girl playing our national treasure,” recalled Colin Firth at the stateside debut of ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby.’ “Now, it couldn’t be more different.”
When Renee Zellweger arrived at the U.S. premiere of Bridget Jones’s Baby, the moment brought back memories of the original film’s New York debut — and its character-like snafu.
“My button popped off my coat, and we had to stop off at the drugstore and get a safety pin to fix it from the inside,” she laughed to The Hollywood Reporter of rushing to the Ziegfeld Theater in 2001. “Perfect, right? A very Bridget Jones moment.”
Of the Bridget Jones’s Diary premiere, Colin Firth recalled on Monday night, “There was this huge amount of fuss in the British press about an American girl playing our national treasure. Now, it couldn’t be more different. Renee has completely taken ownership of it and no one can imagine it any differently. She is absolutely adored in the role — by me as well — and now I think she has surpassed herself. There’s more texture and more dimensions than even before.”
The third installment sees Helen Fielding’s self-deprecating titular heroine unexpectedly pregnant and guessing whether the father is her longtime love Mark Darcy (Firth) or her spontaneous new hookup Jack Qwant, played by franchise newcomer Patrick Dempsey. He joined the Universal threequel with high expectations.
“I remember the attention that Renee got [in 2001], deservedly — people were skeptical in the beginning, but she pulled it off and got an Oscar nomination for what’s now an iconic film character,” he told THR outside the Paris Theatre. Making this movie, “she met my expectations and much more. She’s a professional and intelligent, and yet so warm and funny and down to earth.”
But it is Sharon Maguire, who directed the initial film 15 years ago and also helms Bridget Jones’s Baby, who remembers the night of the first premiere most vividly. “My heart was beating so loud in my chest, I couldn’t hear the movie begin or what he reaction was, but this time I’m determined to enjoy it more,” she said. “Hugh [Grant] leaned over to me about ten minutes after the movie began and said, ‘Shares, this is actually quite good!’ He didn’t attempt to mask the surprise in his voice at all. Then he tapped me on the shoulder ten minutes later and said, ‘The thing that pisses me off is how good Colin is. I expected Renee to be good, but not Colin!'”
Bridget Jones’s Baby hits theaters Sept. 16.
Last night Doyle & Renee attended the New York City premiere of her film Bridget Jones’s Baby.
Thanks to the fabulous Mouza for some of these pics!
In Bridget Jones’s Baby, Renee Zellweger’s hapless British heroine finds herself wooed by two knights in shining armor, either of whom could be the father of her new baby-to-be.
And despite — or perhaps because of — the considerable charms of both longtime beau Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) and new flame Jack Qwant (Patrick Dempsey), the love triangle puts Bridget in a serious dilemma.
During a recent town hall with EW editor-in-chief Henry Goldblatt on SiriusXM Radio, costars Zellweger and Dempsey weighed in (spoiler free) on whether they think Bridget ends up with the right man.
Speaking first, Zellwegger cleared her throat and played coy. “Goodness, that’s a good question,” she said. “I don’t know, possibly. I mean, I guess we all have to wait and see, don’t we?”
Dempsey was initially more direct, stating, “I think so.” But when prodded by Zellweger, he laughed and added, “I might have given something away there. Maybe I did, maybe I didn’t.”
The two also took turns describing the film’s ending in three words, which you can hear in the excerpt below. Bridget Jones’s Baby opens Friday.
The SiriusXM town hall with Dempsey and Zellweger will premiere Friday at 2 p.m. ET and play throughout the weekend on EW Radio (ch. 105), and anytime on the SiriusXM app.
Here are more clips:
In case you missed her interview on the Tonight Show last night here are some clips:
Renée Zellweger has a nostalgic talk with Jimmy about growing up in Texas and ends up teaching him a cheer she still remembers from middle school tryouts.
Jimmy and Renée Zellweger dress in inflatable Santa Claus and Robot suits and try to wrestle each other out of a ring.