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Renee Zellweger went back to school during acting break

Published 14/09/2016

Renee Zellweger
Renee Zellweger

The star enjoyed mingling with her fellow students.

Actress Renee Zellweger hit the books during her Hollywood hiatus after enrolling in a college course.

The Chicago star took a step back from her movie career in 2010 and decided to spend her time exploring other passions, and one of her interests inspired her to head back to school.

Renee, who graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in English in 1991, has declined to share exactly what or where she studied this time around, but she enjoyed educating herself and chatting with her fellow students.

"I went back to school... (to study) something that I'm fascinated with, as a pedestrian, plebeian observer, and I just wanted to see if I had an aptitude with it, so I went and took... some classes in college," the 47-year-old shared on U.S. morning show Live! With Kelly.

She added, "It was great, I got to know my classmates really well. We had lots of fantastic conversations, and I had to study, and that was really interesting, because I wasn't sure if my brain was gonna hold that information at this stage in my life!"

Renee has since taken it upon herself to encourage anyone who is considering furthering their education later in life to grab the opportunity, because it was an experience like no other.

"If anyone's thinking about it, I highly recommend it because it's really different than when it's the perfunctory thing you do when you finish high school to make your parents happy," she explained, "'cause now you have an idea about what you're interested in and what you want to know more about, so when you go and study, it's not because you need to make a grade, but because you want to know what's in the book."

The actress makes her acting comeback in new romantic comedy Bridget Jones's Baby, which is released in cinemas from Friday (16Sep16).

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