The Telegraph Magazine does a feature about Renee’s new film Bridget Jones’s Baby and talks with Renee, Colin & Patrick.
Exclusive: Twelve years on from her last screen appearance, Bridget Jones is still smart, funny, and a bit of a mess. Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth and Helen Fielding talk to the Telegraph Magazine about bringing Bridget – now pregnant – back to life
When we last saw Bridget Jones on screen, at the end of The Edge of Reason in 2004, Mark Darcy had just proposed marriage. That final scene delivered a promise of commitment at last. Their on-off relationship began in 2001 with the first film, Bridget Jones’s Diary – based on Helen Fielding’s comic creation, originally a column, then a book.
Set in London and directed by Sharon Maguire, it sees Bridget (Renée Zellweger), who works in publishing, meet Mark (Colin Firth), a divorced human-rights barrister, at a New Year’s Day turkey-curry buffet. Bridget is warm, gaffe-prone, tortured by the size of her thighs; Mark is buttoned-up and terribly serious.
‘I like you very much,’ he says (translation: ‘I am in love with you’). But Bridget fancies her boss, Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant), a charming scoundrel who promises great sex and minibreaks. In Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, the sequel, directed by Beeban Kidron, we find Bridget and Mark having a post-coital hug with his boxer shorts neatly folded by her bed.
But this is not a happy conclusion to their tale. It’s more like the beginning of the end. His formality starts to seem an awful lot like pomposity; his folded boxer shorts start to annoy her. She chucks him, escapes to Thailand with Daniel (who is now employed as a travel presenter by the television channel for which she works) and ends up being saved from a Thai prison by Mark.
Of course, without the right actors neither of the films would have worked. The combination of Zellweger, a Texan with an excellent Home Counties accent and capacity for physical comedy (‘a latter-day Lucille Ball’, according to one critic); Firth, haughty and smouldering (even in a home-made sweater with a reindeer on the front); and Grant, revealing a wickedly seductive darker side, won over audiences.
And now, 12 years later, we have the long-anticipated Bridget Jones’s Baby, again directed by Maguire, which rejoins the characters after 10 years.
To read the entire article here.
Ode On Demand talks to Renee as part of her press tour for Bridget Jones’s Baby.
Renee Zellweger has been telling us what it’s like being back as Bridget Jones, her insecurities and the constant focus on appearance.
Renee gave a beautiful interview for the new issue of the Hollywood Reporter.
The ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ star, and the subject of heavy (some say sexist) scrutiny, is guarded about almost everything — except her writing, support of Hillary Clinton and society’s inequality: “Why are we [still] talking about how women look?”
“My main goal,” says Renee Zellweger, curled up in an oversized club chair in a private VIP room off the lobby of Santa Monica’s Hotel Casa del Mar, “is to avoid any negativity that might enter my consciousness. If I’m not aware of it, then it’s not real. It doesn’t exist.”
For the past six years, Zellweger has been avoiding it like crazy. She’s taken a self-imposed hiatus from acting, enjoying the Zen-like peacefulness of living “under the radar,” as she calls it. She spent some downtime at her 40-acre farm in Connecticut, chilled out in her beach house in the Hamptons, then holed up for a while at her home in Santa Barbara. She enrolled in screenwriting courses at UCLA, even co-wrote a TV pilot with one of her professors that she pitched to Lifetime (it passed) and pursued a range of other soul-nourishing endeavors.
“I wanted to grow,” she explains. “If you don’t explore other things, you wake up 20 years later and you’re still that same person who only learns anything when she goes out to research a character. You need to grow!”
To read the entire article here.
Renee is featured on the cover of the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter … check out the beautiful images that were taken for the feature!
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This week Renee was in London where she participated in a press conference for her new film Bridget Jones’s Baby. I have added images to the gallery.
I am so excited to share Renée Zellweger Online with you. This site is a small dedication to a talented actress … I have been following Renée’s career since the release of her film Jerry Maguire and have loved watching her grow as an actress.
Since Renée has started her press already for Bridget Jones’s Baby I decided to launch the site with the bare minimum so I can keep you up to date on all the news and press for her new film. The site is just a fraction of what I hope for it to be and I plan to continue adding content on a daily basis. Stay tuned!
A giant thank you to my friend Claudia at Never Enough Design for our beautiful theme!
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