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Renee Zellweger longed to act during hiatus

Published 17/09/2016

Renee Zellweger
Renee Zellweger

Renee Zellweger has never watched her Bridget Jones’s Baby co-star Patrick Dempsey’s TV show Grey’s Anatomy.

Renee Zellweger missed acting immensely during her hiatus from film work.

The American actress made her name in 1996’s Jerry Maguire before taking on starring roles in Chicago, Nurse Betty and of course the beloved Bridget Jones franchise.

Following her gruelling schedule, Renee famously decided to take a five-year break from acting in 2010 so she could focus on other projects.

“I didn’t retire and go to the beach or anything like that. I was just exploring another skill I wanted to develop and interests that I wanted to see if I had an aptitude for,” she told Britain’s Heat magazine. “I developed a TV show (Cinema Girl). I lived life. I kept promises that I made to myself a long time ago.”

But the 47-year-old greatly desired to make a screen return and knew the time was right when she was offered the chance to reprise her role as Bridget in the upcoming comedy, Bridget Jones’s Baby, the sequel to 2004’s Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

Renee shares she was “ready” to get back into acting by 2015 and found comfort in playing bumbling Bridget.

“It was time. I was ready. I missed it. It’s a creative medium that means something to me, and is inexplicable. I definitely felt a longing for it,” she said.

In the new rom-com, Bridget is struggling with the trials of life, not the least of which is her breakup with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), and her fling with a handsome American named Jack (Patrick Dempsey).

And Renee was greatly excited when producers told her Patrick was coming on board as her new love interest, as he is such fun to work with.

“We had such a great time. Fast friends. Very warm,” she explained, adding sheepishly that she’s never actually watched his famous TV series Grey’s Anatomy in which he played Dr Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd. “Please don’t tell him. I didn’t tell him that I never have. I was really busy when that started to take off!”

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