"It was all fake," Zellweger says and laughs. She is of course, kidding, her and Connick's chemistry leaps off the screen in New in Town.
Zellweger found common ground with her character Lucy in how she begins anew with each film. "Every four months I'm new in town, whenever the next location is for filming. The first order of business is to plop the bags down and what's going to be home for the next four to six months or whatever," Zellweger says.
"Then hoof it around and try to discover what's going on in the community and what you're patterns are going to be. I am perpetually new on town. On a set, there's an immediate intimacy because you come into a project with people with a common goal. It's a strange, nomadic circus life."
The actresses found the most serious of challenges was the weather. A Southern California girl, Zellweger was in shock on the New in Town set.
"It was highly entertaining and very educational. I didn't know cold like that. That's a whole different kind of experience," Zellweger says and laughs. "It's a marvelous new exercise in developing survival skills."
The Oscar-winner also found a new appreciation for hosiery. "And who knew that pantyhose could be so very, very important?" Zellweger says and laughs. "I wore three, four pairs at a time! I never imagined that I would rejoice at the pantyhose laid out on the bed by wardrobe every morning. But they were essential. I would not be here today if it not for the Hanes, I promise you."
Working with Siobhan Fallon Hogan also proved a feat in maintaining composure. Her local girl character was at times, improved.
"She got us in trouble. We got scolded because we needed to focus and with this girl, it's just flying out. It was really difficult," Zellweger says. "The most challenging aspect of this process was trying to focus and concentrate not to laugh when she was coming up with whatever it was that was becoming this gorgeous character. We had a really good time. There wasn't a day where we weren't laughing to where our eyelids were frozen together from the tears."
What would be Zellweger's advice for traveling north? "Don't go without four parkas and you'll need every one," Zellweger jokes about filming in Winnipeg.
New in Town also proved an opportunity for Zellweger to return to her small town roots. Growing up in Texas, she always thought she'd return to a truly tiny town one day for work. "I know these communities. They are not simple. They make decisions about how they want to live their lives and what is valuable to them. I recognize those values and the generations of families who have lived in and contributed to those communities for years and years. It was nice to be in it again," she says and pauses. "But it was a little colder in this particular community."
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