Renée Zellweger’s Over Talking About Bridget Jones’s Weight: ‘I’ve Never Understood Why It Matters So Much’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Renée Zellweger at the premiere of

Renée Zellweger doesn’t get the fascination with Bridget Jones’s weight. Zellweger’s starred in lots of motion pictures however few are as memorable as her flip because the clumsy and lovable Brit in Bridget Jones’s Diary.

Zellweger’s actually not the primary actor to alter their look for a film. Charlize Theron gained weight for Tully. And Christian Bale’s undergone so many bodily transformations for motion pictures it’s develop into what he’s identified for.

Renée Zellweger at the premiere of 'Same Kind Of Different As Me'
Renée Zellweger on the premiere of Same Kind Of Different As Me | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Putting on 30 kilos in response to CBS News, Zellweger made headlines for taking part in Bridget, a 30-something single girl in 2001’s Bridget Jones’s Diary

Renée Zellweger gained weight to play Bridget Jones twice

Bridget Jones’s Diary was so successful with moviegoers the folks behind the movie determined to proceed Bridget’s story. Zellweger, who had misplaced the burden she initially placed on to play Bridget, needed to acquire all of it again for 2004’s Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

As she instructed CNN in 2000, Zellweger didn’t have an issue placing on the burden till the filming schedule for Bridget Jones’s Diary left her too drained to eat. 

“I was very successful until we started to do night shoots,” she mentioned. “They just leave you so fatigued and with absolutely no appetite and I was repulsed at the thought of those obligatory Snickers bars.” 

Renée Zellweger on the set of 'Bridget Jones's Diary'Renée Zellweger on the set of 'Bridget Jones's Diary'
Renée Zellweger on the set of Bridget Jones’s Diary | Ken Goff/The LIFE Images Collection through Getty Images/Getty Images

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She went from a dimension two to a dimension 14 consuming meals similar to French toast, pizza, chocolate, and milkshakes. 

Zellweger admitted a number of years after she’d gone by way of the method of gaining weight to play Bridget not as soon as however twice, that it involved her. According to Marie Claire U.Ok., the actor frightened concerning the impression it will have on her well being. 

“I had a panic attack with all the specialists talking about how bad this is for you long-term, putting on that much weight in short periods of time,” she mentioned in a 2007 interview. 

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Renée Zellweger doesn’t get the fascination together with her weight acquire to play Bridget Jones

Zellweger reprised her function as Bridget in 2016 after taking part in the character within the early aughts. But this time round, she didn’t need to undergo a significant bodily transformation. As beforehand talked about, Zellweger gained a “few pounds” for Bridget Jones’s Baby.

In the lead as much as the movie’s launch, she instructed British Vogue she was over discussing Bridget’s weight. 

“Bridget is a perfectly normal weight and I’ve never understood why it matters so much,” Zellweger mentioned. “No male actor would get such scrutiny if he did the same thing for a role.”

This wasn’t the primary time the actor shared her emotions about Bridget’s weight and her weight acquire for the function. In truth, she instructed the New York Post in 2004 the world’s fascination together with her physique was “so silly.” 

“It was so silly,” she mentioned of her weight. “The 20-doughnuts-a-day rumors, and the ‘Does she look better Bridget-y or bony?’ questions. I didn’t understand the fascination with it. It’s just my job. You’re supposed to look like the characters you play, and that’s all I was doing.”

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