Renée Zellweger is opening up about the struggles of living - and aging, in the public eye.
The 50-year-old actress revealed she’s not immune to the harsh criticism paid to actors and actresses while promoting her latest film, the Judy Garland biopic “Judy.”
In an interview for SiriusXM’s “Jess Cagle Show,” Zellweger recalled a particularly painful experience while riding the London tube when she overheard two women and a man discussing her looks.
“They were talking about...how Hollywood ladies are so silly, and ‘especially that Renée Zellweger,’” she said. The actress noted that the group alleged she had plastic surgery adding, “‘How could she do that? Why would she go and have surgery on her face like we wouldn’t know? She doesn’t look like herself, and you can’t just do that where you go and don’t look like yourself, ‘cause we expect you to look like yourself.”
Zellweger said she was taken aback by the comments but the situation became even more awkward when the man who had been talking about her looked up and recognized her on the train.
“He said, ‘Oh God, you’re not, you are! But you look just like yourself!’ And I said, ‘Yeah, it’s funny how that works, isn’t it?’”
Despite the initial sting, the Oscar winner is able to brush off criticism of her looks.
“It’s only momentarily where you go, ‘Jeez, wow, that’s pretty painful.’ But I don’t live in that,” Zellweger explained. “It just visits my life here and I’m not really privy on that stuff until someone sends it to me. I don’t seek it out. And I’m busy! You know, I have dogs and they have shots and they need pills twice a day. There’s a lot, you know. I have other things to do.”
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