After taking a six-year break from the spotlight, the 50-year-old Oscar winner has kept a relatively low profile since returning to the big screen in 2016 for “Bridget Jones’s Baby.”
On July 31, the “Chicago” actress made a rare red carpet appearance in an off-the-shoulder dress by Lela Rose. The candy pink dress featured a variety of crystal floral embellishments as well as puff sleeves. Zellweger kept the look simple with minimal makeup, opting for a pair of black Christian Louboutin stiletto heels and only a statement cocktail ring for jewellery.
Zellweger’s appearance is all part of the star’s preparation for the release of her upcoming film “Judy,” in which she portrays screen legend Judy Garland. The film, which hits theatres in late September, is generating Oscar buzz for her performance as the “Wizard of Oz” star 30 years after her breakout role, struggling to revive her career with a five-week sold-out residency in London.
“Everybody felt that [Judy] was talking to them, personally,” Zellweger told Town & Country about her latest role. “That she somehow related to their pain...the combination of gifts that she was born with are just indescribably important in terms of what she inspires in other artists.”
The film’s director Rupert Goold previously told the magazine that he can see similarities and between Zellweger and Garland, specifically Zellweger’s choice to step away from the spotlight on her own terms.
“Renée had the strength and ability to take herself out of the limelight for a period to rethink who she was and what her values are,” Goold said. “Some people have really celebrated that, and some people have been gossipy about it - and I think that’s quite close to Judy.”
With awards season around the corner, get ready to see a lot more from Zellweger, including a screening of “Judy” at the Toronto International Film Festival.