Renée Zellweger may always be best remembered for her role as the titular star of the hit Bridget Jones movie franchise, but the Oscar and Golden Globe award-winning actress says the heady days of the film franchise is all a blur to her now.
“I don’t remember most of my 30s. Sounds like a joke but it’s true,” she confided during an interview with CBS Sunday Morning.
“It just feels compressed. It just happened like that,” she said with a snap of her fingers.
Each of the Bridget Jones films (and there were three, kicked off by the acclaimed 2001 romantic comedy “Bridget Jones Diary”) grossed over $200 million dollars at the global box office, catapulting Zellweger into the rarified air of Hollywood’s top-grossing A-list actresses and making her a household name.
During the early aughts, the Katy, Texas, native worked nonstop in a string of critically acclaimed projects, including the musical “Chicago,” her Academy Award-winning turn in “Cold Mountain” and 2005’s “Cinderella Man” opposite Russell Crowe, alongside animated fare like “Shark Tale,” “Bee Movie” and “Monsters vs. Men.”
Her fortunes started to change once she starred as Tom Cruise’s love interest in “Jerry Maguire.”
Admittedly, she got lost in the sauce of the fast-paced world of Hollywood — making nearly two movies a year — before finally deciding to step away from the public eye.
With a new lease on life (and career), Zellweger said she’s refocusing her energies in a new way with new projects. “I didn’t want that to happen again,” she said. “It was just going by too fast. I was repeating myself. I was tired of myself.”
She’s currently winning early raves for her portrayal of late stage and screen legend Judy Garland in Rupert Goold’s upcoming biopic “Judy.”
Zellweger, who sings in the film about one of the most legendary singers of all time, is already garnering early Oscar buzz for her performance as the grown up version of “The Wizard of Oz” star.
“I never want to put her away. I fell in love and I’m there to stay,” she said of playing the complicated character who died tragically at age 47 caused by a drug overdose.
“There was a sort of conjuring every day just hoping that she would understand what our intentions were. It was a love letter to her.”