Renee Zellweger’s Class Act Response, ‘I’m Glad Folks Think I Look Different!’

Oct 22, 2014 at 11:14 am |
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Renee Zellweger and Boyle Bramhall (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for ELLE)

Hollywood mainstay Renée Zellweger couldn’t have responded more beautifully to the social media pandemonium that was caused by her ‘unrecognizable’ new look on the red carpet Monday night.

Zellweger opened up to People about the general population’s reception of her look and how she feels about America’s response:

“I’m glad folks think I look different! I’m living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I’m thrilled that perhaps it shows… My friends say that I look peaceful. I am healthy. For a long time I wasn’t doing such a good job with that. I took on a schedule that is not realistically sustainable and didn’t allow for taking care of myself. Rather than stopping to recalibrate, I kept running until I was depleted and made bad choices about how to conceal the exhaustion. I was aware of the chaos and finally chose different things… I did work that allows for being still, making a home, loving someone, learning new things, growing as a creative person and finally growing into myself…”

In a strange way the public’s emotionally charged reaction proves how much we really love Renée, and her work in film. We associate so strongly and nostalgically with the image of the actress we fell in love with in Jerry Maguire or Bridget Jones’s Diary, so of course when there’s a drastic unexpected change, we’re shocked–in the same way that you would be emotionally affected if your mother walked through the front door with a new face. Clearly the relationship is different, but there’s definitely a small part of you that might recoil in unfamiliarity, the way the public did. But Renée takes ownership over her changes, and doesn’t seem to mind–which greatly bolsters her public image.

Renée finished with this. “People don’t know me in my 40s… People don’t know me (as) healthy for a while. Perhaps I look different. Who doesn’t as they get older?… But I am different. I’m happy.”

Zellweger also stated that she thought the hubbub over her new look was “silly.” Fair enough, Renée.

Find out what Renée had to say about all of this hubbub. Maybe America should take a note from her book… Click here!