SANTA MONICA, Calif. — What happens when Bridget Jones grows up?
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.
Yesterday Renee landed in New York City to help do press for her film Bridget Jones’s Baby. Here are three press appearances she made. I especially love the pics of her and Jimmy Fallon doing sumo wrestling on the Tonight Show.
– Renee Zellweger Online > 2016 > September 12 | Sirius XM Radio
– Renee Zellweger Online > 2016 > September 12 | Sirius XM Radio
– Renee Zellweger Online > 2016 > September 12 | The Build Series
– Renee Zellweger Online > 2016 > September 12 | The Build Series – Interview
– Renee Zellweger Online > 2016 > September 12 | The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon – Interview
Renee & her co-star Patrick Dempsey did a recent guest appearance on the Jonathan Ross Show. Here are some clips from the interview in case you weren’t able to watch!
As Renée Zellweger moves back into the spotlight with ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ – Jonathan asks her why she left in the first place.
Jonathan Ross enlists the help of actor John Malkovich to read aloud some explicit tweets from Patrick Dempsey’s fans.
Actor Patrick Dempsey shows off his masterful juggling skills.