September 15, 2016    Articles & Interviews, Bridget Jones's Baby, Images    0

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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