Renée Zellweger graces the December cover of InStyle. From Bridget Jones to Judy Garland, she revisits her iconic characters in a series of photos for her cover shoot and sits down with InStyle Editor-in-Chief Laura Brown to discuss her extraordinary career over French fries.
On changing the conversation about aging and women: “It’s not aging. It’s growing! It’s acquisition of the most valuable things: experience and knowledge and grace and insight.” “I’d rather celebrate each phase of my life and be present in it than mourn something that’s passed. I don’t want to miss this moment to be something that I used to be.”
On laughing about life in the tabloids early on: “I was devastated about a breakup, and it was plastered all over the tabloids. None of it true, all of it humiliating. Never mind that living the experience [of the relationship] was plenty.” “My brother taught me that this is what it is. This is not a proper representation of you and how you live your life. The choices you make, this is not. It is entertainment, and it’s funny if you look at it in the right way.”
On feeling rebooted during her deliberate break from the screen: “Well, I mean, it was nice to have authentic exchanges with people for a while. When you’re not on the radar, people don’t clock who you are; you’re just a person at the coffee shop ordering a coffee.” “I just knew that there were certain things I needed to prioritize and if I kept going, there would be just no way I could do it.”
On the grueling yet rewarding process of making Judy: “The schedule is pretty punishing, but it’s finite. You know that after this series of months, you can catch up a little. But, yeah, this one was big. It was big because I was greedy. I didn’t want to stop. I wanted to keep digging.”
On what makes her feel like a kid: “Oh, being 50! I feel energized and full of wonder and excitement about what’s ahead. And, of course, driving down the Pacific Coast Highway with the windows down and the music loud! There’s that!”
For more stories like this, pick up the December issue of InStyle, available on newsstands, on Amazon, and for digital download Nov. 22.
Styling: Julia Von Boehm
Hair: Chris McMillan for Solo Artists
Makeup: Kindra Mann for Tomlinson Management Group
Manicure: Christina Aviles Aude for Star Touch Agency
[Photo Credit: Sebastian Faena/InStyle Magazine]