Renée Zellweger is finally speaking out about her appearance.
The actress came under fire last year when she revealed her new look at the Elle Awards. While she insisted the changes were the result of only weight loss, the dramatic change caused plastic surgery rumors to abound. Now, Zellweger is finally addressing the controversy in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“What good comes from knowing that something like that happened?” she said, answering herself, “Less fear. Sure.”
She continued on to say that even though her appearance was trending on Twitter at the time, she avoided getting caught up in the coverage.
“All that I know about is what friends and associates would send in texts and emails,” she said. “They were sending support, which means that I must have needed it, and I prefer it that way. So when people come up to me to ask, ‘How did that feel?’ — I don’t know, and I like it like that. I don’t know. I know it sounds pretty unlikely that a person might be able to make herself, I guess, keep clear of those words or of that experience, but I have and it takes effort, but I have succeeded.”
Zellweger, who is set to star in Bridget Jones’ Baby, the sequel to her breakout role Bridget Jones’ Diary, said her weight loss will be used in the film’s plot.
“We all really loved the notion that Bridget, 15 years [since the first film], had finally reached her ideal weight… somewhere between a UK size 10 or 12,” Bridget Jones’ Baby director Sharon Maguire explained. “But still hadn’t solved any of her issues about love and loneliness.”