Renee Zellweger Baffled by Scrutiny Over Her Weight Gain for 'Bridget Jones's Baby'

Zellweger was annoyed by people's reactions to her weight gain for her role in 'Bridget Jones's Baby' which marks her return to the big screen after a six-year hiatus.

AceShowbiz - After a six-year hiatus from Hollywood, Renee Zellweger is resurfacing and is making her return to the big screen in "Bridget Jones's Baby". To reprise her role as Bridget Jones, she had to gain weight. In an interview with Vogue U.K., she admitted that she's baffled by people who hated her weight gain for the role.

Zellweger did not think that gaining weight for her role was a big deal. "I put on a few pounds," she told the magazine. "I also put on some breasts and a baby bump. Bridget is a perfectly normal weight and I've never understood why it matters so much." She added, "No male actor would get such scrutiny if he did the same thing for a role."

The actress also explained her absence from the big screen. "As a creative person, saying no to that wonderful once-in-a-lifetime project is hard. 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," she said.

The actress admitted she was literally exhausted. She wanted to enjoy her life as a non-celebrity. She added, "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. You cannot be a good storyteller if you don't have life experiences, and you can't relate to people."

Besides reprising her role as Bridget Jones alongside Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey in the third installment of the romantic comedy film series, she will star as Deborah in 2017's drama film "Same Kind of Different as Me" opposite Djimon Hounsou. Zellweger is also a cast member in upcoming thriller film "The Whole Truth" alongside Keanu Reeves.

"Bridget Jones's Baby" is set for U.S. release on September 16.

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