By Ali    on December 18, 2019    Articles & Interviews, Judy, Magazine, Video    0

“I love Snoop Dogg — don’t you?”

We do, of course, but hearing Renée Zellweger admitting she’s a Snoop stan at her EW cover shoot in Los Angeles is an unexpected twist. But the unexpected is really what we should expect from Zellweger, who became a household name when she “completed” Tom Cruise in 1996’s hit romantic comedy Jerry Maguire (which, incidentally, costarred one of our other Entertainers of the Year, Regina King) and is now a front-runner for the Best Actress Oscar for her astounding channeling of Judy Garland in Judy.

“There’s work, and then there’s Judy. It’s different than anything that I have done before,” admits the Texas native, who’s traded her dandelion-colored Stella McCartney designer gown for a sweatshirt and chinos post-photo shoot. “That’s not to say that any of the other experiences were less special, but it felt like there was a different purpose beneath it.”

Though notoriously press-shy, the Academy Award-winner sat down with EW to talk about that purpose, discuss her big year, and let us get to know more of the real Renée.

On what she would have done if she hadn’t become an actress: “I was going to journalism school. It’s so interesting the way journalism has changed in the last 20 years. It seems like it’s more difficult to get the support that you need to do legitimate reporting and, at the same time, it’s never been more important.”

On turning 50 this past April: “I’ve never been ashamed of my age. Not everybody gets 50 years. Aging is a privilege. There’s just a certain kind of liberation — there’s freedom from a certain level of self-doubt. Freedom from that self-imposed judgment where you’re gauging how well you’re doing in terms of some timeline that you didn’t determine for yourself. You stop looking at those sorts of things and start to acknowledge that the life you have lived has mattered.”

On why she wanted to play Judy Garland: “I felt that there was a certain injustice in the blanket of tragedy that was thrust over that final chapter of her life. I thought, ‘Just because you think that you can summarize or that you can draw a conclusion based on what you’re seeing on the outside, it doesn’t make it the truth.’ I felt like everybody on that set, we were sort of advocating for her.”

On the biggest misconception about her: “Oh, gosh. I see things sometimes because [my team will] send it along because they want to know if I would like to correct them. Most of the time, I don’t see the point because I feel like it’s not my business to correct how people think. Most of the time I don’t know who that person is — the ‘Renée Zellweger’ in quotations. That’s fine with me.”

On singing Garland’s classic “Over the Rainbow” live in front of an audience for Judy: “By the time we were filming that moment, it was at the end of the performance sequences. It was after a week of having shared all of those moments with the actors in the audience. We were telling stories and we were sharing photographs, laughing about why we loved her. Some people’s mom and dad had been at [Judy’s original performance at] the Talk of the Town. Some people had been at Talk of the Town. It was just this wonderful week of cooperatively celebrating her. That moment felt like the culmination of all that. All that celebrating her importance.”

On physically transforming for roles: “It does make the experience more authentic for me. And I do have an emotional connection to athletic, physical exertion. If I’m ill or if I am fearful or if I need to write something or if I can’t figure something out, I don’t make a phone call or sit on a couch — I lace up my shoes.”

On what a typical weekend is like for her: “I will play some music, probably. I do something [physical] every day, even if it’s going out in my garage and grabbing those dumbbells. I have to run the dogs, so I’ll take them and we’ll go check on the horses across the street and stuff like that.”

On if she’d ever play Bridget Jones again: “I hope so. She’s fun. I love her.”

On who she’d still love to work with: “I’m a Wes Anderson fan. Could we just live in his world? It’s a heightened authenticity.”

On the golden age of television: “I watched more TV in the last five years than probably in the rest of my entire life combined. It was research, wanting to know writers and producers and what’s out there and the evolution of it has been so fascinating to watch. I’ve so enjoyed it.”

On her favorite TV show: “The Wire. The great American novel on television. It’s gorgeous.”

On whether she’d ever step away from Hollywood: “There was a moment, I guess eight or nine years ago, where I knew that I needed to change my life. I knew that I didn’t have the gratitude that I should have for the experiences that I was having because they were taking a toll. I knew that I just had to do something differently. I was making a lot of really important, significant life decisions based on my professional life. I needed to stop doing that. Everyone said, ‘You shouldn’t do that, especially at this age. It is really important that you keep going.’ But there comes a point where you’ve got to do things that enable you to grow.”

By Ali    on December 18, 2019    Events, Images    0

The Hammer Museum Los Angeles Presents The Museum of Modern Art Contenders 2019 Screening And Q&A Of “Judy” this week.

Gallery Links:
Renee Zellweger Online > 2019 >
December 16 | Hammer Museum Los Angeles Presents MoMA Contenders 2019 Screening And Q&A Of “Judy”

By Ali    on December 11, 2019    Awards, Judy    0

Another Nomination for Renee for her role in Judy! This time for the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Cynthia Erivo – Harriet
Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story
Lupita Nyong’o – Us
Charlize Theron – Bombshell
Renée Zellweger – Judy

By Ali    on December 10, 2019    Events, Images    0

Earlier this month Renee attended a screening of the film Judy in her home state of Texas for the Austin Film Society.

Gallery Links:
Renee Zellweger Online > 2019 > December 3 | Austin Film Society’s Screening Of Judy
Renee Zellweger Online > 2019 > December 3 | Austin Film Society’s Screening Of Judy – Presentation

By Ali    on December 10, 2019    Awards, Judy    0

Congratulations again to Tom for his nominations for the Critics Choice Awards

Best Actress
Awkwafina – The Farewell
Cynthia Erivo – Harriet
Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story
Lupita Nyong’o – Us
Saoirse Ronan – Little Women
Charlize Theron – Bombshell
Renée Zellweger – Judy

By Ali    on December 9, 2019    Awards, Judy    0

Congratulations to Renee on her Golden Globe nomination. The awards will be hosted by Ricky Gervais on January 5th and aired on NBC.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renée Zellweger, Judy

By Ali    on November 19, 2019    Articles & Interviews, Images, Magazine, Video    0

Here is the full interview clip of Tom & Renee did for Actors on Actors.

In their Actors on Actors conversation, Tom Hanks and Renée Zellweger talk about playing real-life people, Mr. Rogers and Judy Garland, in their films this year, and they reflect on their first jobs in the film industry.

And here are some of the outtakes from their shoot.

Gallery Links:
Renee Zellweger Online > Outtakes > 2019 > 016

By Ali    on November 18, 2019    Articles & Interviews    0

Nothing better! Two of my favorite stars sitting down together to talk their newest roles! Renee joins actor Tom Hanks for their Actors on Actors interview for Variety.

Tom Hanks (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”) and Renée Zellweger (“Judy”) sat down for a chat for “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors.” For more, click here.

During their enduring careers, Tom Hanks and Renée Zellweger have gone back and forth seamlessly between comedies and dramas, played romantic leads and won Academy Awards — she for best supporting actress in 2003’s “Cold Mountain,” he for best actor in 1993’s “Philadelphia” and 1994’s “Forrest Gump.” And in their latest films — Zellweger’s “Judy” and Hanks’ “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” — both actors masterfully transform into real people, with Zellweger channeling Judy Garland in her final days, and Hanks embodying Fred Rogers.

In conversation recently, the two actors find another point in common: celebrity encounters during their time in the service industry. Hanks was a hotel bellboy; Zellweger supported herself during college as a cocktail waitress in an Austin bar.

“I carried Cher’s bags!” Hanks says excitedly. “No, you did not!” Zellweger replies. “When she was married to Gregg Allman,” Hanks continues. “I brought in the bags, and I said, ‘I believe these are the bags you asked for, Mr. Allman.’ He said, ‘I don’t know — Toots?’ And then Toots was Cher, and she came in, and yeah, that was her bag.” For Zellweger, “the guys from Bad Company would come in, Nick Nolte came in, Gary Busey came in.” At the mention of Busey, Hanks says, “Oh, that — he was there for a while.” (Hanks later clarifies his joke, saying, “Gary would appreciate it, because he’s bone-dry sober right now.”)

After discussing their before-they-were-famous star sightings, they turn to how they built their characters for “Judy” and “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”

Tom Hanks: So what is the first thing you do when playing Judy Garland? That’s like playing Elvis, or John Lennon, or something. What’s the first thing you do?

Renée Zellweger: Well, there’s a lot of material. You watch everything.

Hanks: Did you watch the variety show that she did?

Zellweger: Oh yes!

Hanks: That was a work of art, really. And the fact that nobody was tuning in because she was —

Zellweger: They were up against “Bonanza.”

Hanks: Oh, is that what killed it? Oh, my! Sometimes you get frustrated because you’ve found this nugget that explains the entire character, and you can’t find any place to put it in the movie. We had one thing that I found out: I asked Joanne Rogers, “What did Fred drink in the morning? Did he have coffee?” She said, “No, he drank hot cranberry juice.”

I went to Marielle Heller, who was the director of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” and said, “Is there any way we can get it in?” And she said, “The most we’re going to be able to do is have a glass of red liquid sitting on the counter there while you’re talking on the phone.” I said, “Good enough for me.”

Zellweger: It’s different when you’re playing a person who’s lived. There’s a different responsibility.

Hanks: The legend of Fred has not gone through the bowdlerization that Judy’s has — everything she went through, and how she became who she was. Did you have an overabundance of information you had to sift through?

Zellweger: Well, you try to be judicious about what it is that you take as fact. So, there was a lot of contradictory information. And there are so many biographies out there by people who claim to have known her.

Hanks: In the film, when you’re in the cab and you’re trying to find a place to stay, Lorna, the daughter, says, “Are you going to sleep now, Mommy?” because you took a couple of pills, and Judy says, “No, these are the other kind, honey,” which means you’re going to go up. So there, you’ve laid down a foundation of somebody who was pretty strung out by that time, suffering from a lifetime of taking mood-altering drugs just to get along with the day. There are those stories of them putting Dexedrine in her and Mickey Rooney’s soup so they could get through those Andy Hardy movies, you know?

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By Ali    on October 17, 2019    Events, Images    0

Renee attended the premiere of Judy in Melbourne, Australia looking smashing in a little black dress.

Gallery Links:
Renee Zellweger Online > > October 8 | Judy Premiere In Melbourne