Renee Zellweger ‘enjoyed anonymity’ during career break

BBC News : Actress Renee Zellweger has revealed that she enjoyed not being recognised during the six-year career break that preceded her new Bridget Jones film.

"Embracing Anonymity: Renee Zellweger's Career Break and the Joyful Journey"
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“When you go away and you’re out of people’s consciousness, they stop noticing you,” she told Jonathan Ross at a recording of his ITV chat show. According to the Oscar-winning actress, this experience was both liberating and refreshing.

“It’s fantastic:

“You order your coffee and you get a coffee and leave.” With a newfound sense of freedom from the pressures of fame, she thoroughly enjoyed the simplicity of everyday tasks.

Moreover, prior to her starring role in Bridget Jones’s Baby, the 47-year-old had been absent from the screen since 2010, indicating a significant gap in her acting career.

Driven by a strong desire to fulfill personal promises and redirect her focus, she explained, “I just wanted to shift my focus a little bit and keep some promises that I had made to myself a long time ago.”

One of her aspirations during the break was to return to school, demonstrating her enthusiasm for personal growth and exploration.

Furthermore, the decision allowed her to embrace new experiences and pursue endeavors that had previously been challenging to prioritize within the demanding cycle of film production.

In addition, the break allowed her to engage in activities that were difficult to prioritize during the relentless cycle of making films. She emphasized, “I wanted to do things you can’t really make time for when you’re in the cycle of making films because if you’re not preparing for one, then you’re preparing for another.”

The purpose of this hiatus

was to break the repetitive cycle and expand as an individual. She candidly admitted, “The aim was to commit to breaking that cycle for a little bit so that I could grow as a person.” The actress acknowledged that she had become somewhat bored with the constant work and needed a change.

One of the “really nice” aspects of her break was the opportunity to connect with people on a genuine level. She cherished the ability to have authentic conversations and appreciated the authenticity of human interactions. She stated, “You’d have authentic conversations on the street and I enjoyed that.”

By taking a hiatus and stepping away from the spotlight, she experienced a sense of liberation, personal growth, and the joy of connecting with others in a genuine way. It was a transformative period that allowed her to prioritize herself and discover new perspectives.

Romantic partners

Bridget Jones’s Baby sees the actress returning to the role of Helen Fielding’s perennial singleton, a character she previously played in 2001’s Bridget Jones’s Diary and 2004’s Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

The new film, out in the UK on 16 September, sees her becoming pregnant after spending consecutive nights between the sheets with a new beau and an old flame.

Patrick Dempsey and Colin Firth play Bridget’s romantic partners, either of whom could potentially be the father of her unborn child.

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