connectVideoRenee Zellweger talks new Netflix series, her monster 2019
Actress Renee Zellweger opens up about starring in the new Netflix original series ‘What If’ and to transform into the iconic Judy Garland for the upcoming biopic, ‘Judy.’
LOS ANGELES – Renee Zellweger is the make of 2019 its year.
After taking a six-year hiatus from acting between 2010 and 2016, the “King of the Hill” voice actress is not only making a big splash in the first episode of Netflix’s upcoming original series “What If,” as a mysterious angel investor, who makes an indecent proposal to a newly married couple, but Zellweger also debuted an incredible transformation in the polarizing Hollywood icon Judy Garland for the biopic “Judy.”
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Zellweger spoke to Fox News about her role in the “neo-noir social thriller” as well as the shocking transformation she made for “Judy” and discussed the approach that they took to come back to film and television, picking up where she left off in her first starring role since 2016 the ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby.”
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“I want to play. I wanted to play. I love this woman is so brave and free, and she taps in her right and her power and her sexuality to manipulate everyone and everything around her to get what she wants,” said Zellweger, 50, about her performance as Anne in Montgomery “What/When.” “That is not something I do every day. So it was fun.”
When asked how she managed to fully channel in the late Garland in the Rupert Gold-targeted adaptation of the Oliver and Tony Award-nominated show “at the End of the Rainbow” the Academy Award-winning actress paused to think about Garland’s life and talent for explaining her goal in the present of what is not yet shown about the iconic performer.
“I approached it really humble with curiosity and life-long admiration – awe, really,” said Zellweger. “And I just wanted to learn as much as I could and read between the lines, because I think a lot of what we sort to address the film has gone unaddressed or not.”
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The “Jerry McGuire” actress continues: “It is but what is not in the article that was written about her. What would they do? What are the extenuating circumstances that no one wants to talk about? What happens in the private moments? And so I – I sat with all the facts and all the sort of linear history of this period in her life, and I’m trying to understand from my own personal experiences and everything I read and what was missing in the telling of this part of the story of this part of her life.”
Renee Zellweger stars as late Hollywood icon in the biopic “Judy.”
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“But again, I wanted to be careful, because I, like generations of people, I’ve loved her a lifetime. And so it is just a special experience, it was thought to be able to live in that exploration for a few years.”
In March of this year, Garland’s daughter Lorna Luft recalled her childhood to the BRITISH Sunday Times reported.
“She was a great mother and incredibly loving, touchy-feeling and with a wicked sense of humor,” said the 66-year-old, per Closer per week.
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Jane Levy, left, Renée Zellweger and Blake Jenner attend Netflix’s ‘WHAT / IF’ Special screening at The London West Hollywood on May 16, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Netflix)
“They understood about human weaknesses in other people and was very understanding,” says Luft. “She hated discrimination, and loved everyone. Both my parents have taught me kindness, understanding and not taking things for granted.”
The actress has admitted that losing her mother so suddenly was incredibly hard at such a young age.
“When she died, in the bathroom of her Chelsea mews house on June 22, 1969, the tone and the feeling of loss was almost unbearable,” said Luft. “Losing a parent at any age is devastating, but when you lose a parent who is really, really famous, and share your grief with the rest of the world, and that is so strange. I just knew her as my mother in the kitchen in a bathrobe, but to the world, she was an icon, a legend.”
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“Judy,” premieres Sept. 27.
Fox News’ Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report.