Renee Zellweger has read the headlines about her looks. The Oscar-winner, who next can be seen in a Judy Garland biopic (Judy), sat down with New York Magazine to discuss here six-year break from the spotlight and all of those plastic surgery rumors.
The 50-year-old says she left Hollywood for six years staring in 2010 because: "I wasn't healthy. I wasn't taking care of myself. I was the last thing on my list of priorities. My therapist recognized that I spent 99 percent of my life as the public persona and just a microscopic crumb of a fraction in my real life. I needed to not have something to do all the time, to not know what I'm going to be doing for the next two years in advance. I wanted to allow for some accidents. There had to be some quiet for the ideas to slip in."
Mid-break, she sparked plastic surgery rumors after attending a red carpet event. Of the whispers she says:"Well, because there's a value judgment that's placed on us. As if it somehow is a reflection of your character — whether you're a good person or a weak person or an authentic person."
"And the implication that I somehow needed to change what was going on because it wasn't working," Zellweger continues. "That makes me sad. I don't look at beauty in that way. And I don't think of myself in that way. I like my weird quirkiness, my off-kilter mix of things. It enables me to do what I do. I don't want to be something else."
Meanwhile, it seems the industry is here for her return. Critics are giving her rave reviews for her portrayal of Judy Garland. The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinberg wrote that she "is poised to garner the fourth Oscar nomination of her career."
Judy opens September 27th.