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Renee Zellweger: 'It's time to get over Bridget's weight'

Published 06/06/2016

Renee Zellweger
Renee Zellweger

Renee Zellweger felt fatigued by Hollywood, so took a six year hiatus.

Renee Zellweger doesn’t understand the fascination surrounding her weight gain for character Bridget Jones.

The U.S. actress will soon be back for a third time to play hopeless in love Bridget, who’s entering her 40s. She'll be reunited with co-stars Colin Firth and Jim Broadbent, while former Grey's Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey makes his franchise debut.

For the part of buxom Bridget, which the 47-year-old first played in 2001, the slim actress once again added a little more meat to her bones. Her weight gain is always the topic of conversation around the release of the films, though Renee doesn’t get why.

“I put on a few pounds. I also put on some breasts and baby bump,” she told British Vogue matter-of-factly. “Bridget is a perfectly normal weight. I’ve never understood why it matters so much. No male actor would get such scrutiny if he did the same thing for a role.”

After finding fame in the mid ‘90s, Renee saw her career soar and by 2004 she’d bagged an Oscar, three Golden Globes and countless other accolades. However the actress became exhausted by Hollywood, and decided she needed to take a break from the industry to rediscover herself.

"As a creative person, saying no to that wonderful once-in-a-lifetime project is hard,” she admitted. “But I was fatigued and wasn't taking the time I needed to recover between projects, and it caught up with me. I got sick of the sound of my own voice: it was time to go away and grow up a bit."

Taking a six years hiatus enabled Renee to step away from her A-list image and find love with musician Doyle Bramhall II.

"I found anonymity, so I could have exchanges with people on a human level and be seen and heard, not be defined by this image that precedes me when I walk into a room," she said. "You cannot be a good storyteller if you don't have life experiences, and you can't relate to people."

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