Renée Zellweger is primed and ready for awards season thanks to her latest role as Judy Garland in the aptly titled biopic, “Judy.”
The Oscar-winning actress hit the press and party circuit at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) for the film’s Tuesday premiere at the Princess of Wales Theatre.
Zellweger arrived solo on the red carpet, channelling old Hollywood glamour in vintage inspired, $4,424 CAD off-the-shoulder wool suit dress from Russian designer, Ulyana Sergeenko. The pale blue ensemble was paired with crepe white satin pumps by Christian Louboutin, which are currently sold out.
Despite a brief hiatus from the spotlight, Zellweger is already receiving Oscar buzz for her performance as the “Wizard of Oz” star. The Rupert Goold directed film picks up 30 years after her breakout role, struggling to revive her career with a five-week sold-out residency in London.
Zellweger was moved to tears after receiving a standing ovation from the TIFF audience, jokingly telling the crowd, “OK quit it! You’re messing up my makeup!”
“I’m sad to say that I took her for granted, like a lot of people you love in your life, she was just always there,” Zellweger told reporters of what she learned playing Garland. “Of course she was extraordinary and deserved that place in history she carved out for herself among the greatest of all time, but it wasn’t until we did this film that I properly came to appreciate how truly extraordinary she was by learning about the circumstances she was grappling with in the third chapter in her life.”
In 1969, shortly after her residency ended, 47-year-old Garland was found dead in London home after an accidental overdose.
“It’s one thing to be born with this God-given mix of talents that are one in a million years,” she added. “But it’s quite another thing to carry on and navigate your [life] around difficulties. Learning about that and watching this is what sets her apart, it’s not just iconic, but heroic, really, and I was falling more deeply in love the more we learned about her as we went through.”