at the end of September Renee did an interview with Jess Cagle on Sirius XM. She talked about her new film Judy, singing those iconic songs, and taking time off from the spotlight.
Last week Renee made an appearance on the morning show Good Morning America.
Renee Zellweger talks channeling Judy Garland in ‘Judy’
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There are three Judy Garland authorities that Roadside Attractions would most obviously want on board their Oscar campaign for “Judy” and its star, Renee Zellweger: Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft and Rufus Wainwright.
Granted, unlike Garland’s two daughters, Wainwright isn’t a relative. But his 2007 album, “Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall,” is widely respected as the ultimate tribute to Garland and her legendary 1961 concert at the same historic theater in New York City, which some industry veterans of a certain age still tout it as “the greatest night in show business history.” (Luft gave his fandom her endorsement by appearing with Wainwright and the orchestra to sing “After You’re Gone” at his Carnegie Hall tribute.)
“I have a certain stake in it, I suppose,” Wainwright said — as something of an understatement — of his connection to Garland’s legacy, when Variety caught up with him at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. “I mean, I have been a trooper for Judy.” To prove the point, later that night he channeled his idol for an epic cover of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” which over the years has emerged as an escapist anthem for the marginalized community.
He lent his imprimatur to the “Judy” film in a very prominent way by agreeing to duet with the leading lady on “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” for the film companion album that Decca Records released over the weekend — a putative soundtrack that might well be instead titled “Zellweger Does Judy,” since a lot of the recordings are distinct from what’s actually heard in the film. So did Bridget Jones pull it off in his opinion?
“She does her own singing,” Wainwright said of Zellweger’s bold decision. “She doesn’t have Judy Garland’s voice. Nobody has Judy Garland’s voice. But it really is remarkable how high she flies — and in that stratosphere.” Which was Wainwright’s way of commenting on Zellweger’s vocal stylings while respectfully honoring the mythology of her character.
“I have to say her performance is pretty impeccable,” Wainwright quickly added, referring to the Oscar buzz. “And mainly because she just inhabits the role. She becomes Judy, and it’s not an imitation. It’s not a caricature. She really goes there.”
Renee visited The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to talk about Judy.
Renee did a new interview with the New York Times talking about her new role in Judy and how it is bringing her back into the spotlight.
The Oscar winner took a six-year break from acting. Now, she is steeling herself for the spotlight with her portrayal of Judy Garland in her final years.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — “We will start this interview at some point,” I insisted to Renée Zellweger.
“No, no,” she said.
It was mid-August, and I had gone to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel to ask Zellweger about “Judy,” the new drama that casts her as Judy Garland in the last year of her life, when the singer-actress was at her most down and out. It’s a transformative role played with so much gusto that the 50-year-old Zellweger will be hard to beat for this year’s best-actress Oscar, a major coup considering her recent six-year break from the screen.
But it took us a while to get to all that. First, there was the matter of coaxing Zellweger to the interview in the first place: As a publicist kept emailing me to push her arrival back, our lunch date crept closer to happy hour. I wondered whether Zellweger, who’s sometimes had a rough go of it in the media, might be stalling for time.
For nearly two hours in the hotel lobby, I watched a series of well-dressed women and underdressed men emerge from the elevator, and then Zellweger appeared, small and inconspicuous in workout clothes, her blond hair tucked beneath a weathered Texas Longhorns ball cap. “Thank you for sticking around,” she said shyly. “Everything kept spilling over.”
Zellweger told me she was getting reacclimated to the schedule of stardom, including a photo shoot, endless dress fittings, film-festival appearances, and our interview. If “Judy” goes the distance this award season, she’ll have to do a lot of talking about herself — and that’s fine, she supposes, but isn’t it more fun to have a conversation about something else?
I think that’s why she seized on a bit of small talk offered as we walked to the restaurant: My boyfriend had moved away that morning, and we were about to embark on a long-distance relationship. Suddenly, Zellweger was the one grilling me: What did he do for a living, how long had we been dating, and wasn’t it Rilke who once said that love is being the guardian of one another’s solitude?
“It’s going to be fine, I know it!” she said, her squeaky, Texas-accented voice now so determined that it brought to mind old-fashioned words like “pluck” and “moxie.” Forget all the fears I might be harboring, she told me: “People are cynical and they’ll say this kind of thing doesn’t work and I totally disagree. Look at Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon, for cryin’ out loud!”
She said the distance would teach us never to take each other for granted, and recommended meditation and frequent FaceTime sessions. It was all so compelling that after 20 minutes of earnestly proffered advice, I had to remind Zellweger that she was the one meant to be answering questions today.
Her face fell just a bit. “First of all, are you starving?” she asked, coolly opening the menu. “You must be, honey.” The waiter came over and Zellweger placed an order for me: “He’ll have a triple martini,” she said, cackling.Read More
Renee stopped by the Ellen Show to talk about her new role as Judy Garland in the upcoming biopic.
Renée Zellweger discussed with Ellen what it was like getting into character to play Judy Garland in the new movie, “Judy.” The star admitted to getting real stage fright, and how it was good that she was able to capture a real representation of Judy’s fatigue by using prosthetic makeup.
For her film, “Judy,” Renée Zellweger had to find the voice of Judy Garland, using research and even trigger words to help her get into character.
Last night Renee walked the red carpet at the Toronto Film Festival for the premiere of her film Judy and then attended the cocktail party in honor of her film.
‘Judy’ star Renée Zellweger joins The Hollywood Reporter on the HFPA red carpet at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival to talk about the Judy Garland based film, her love of TIFF, Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Western Stars,’ and more.
Renee attended the press conference for her film Judy in Toronto.