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Renee Zellweger Breaks Silence on New Look: 'I'm Glad Folks Think I Look Different'

Renee Zellweger Breaks Silence on New Look: 'I'm Glad Folks Think I Look Different'

Renee Zellweger‘s new look has had everyone buzzing all day and now she is speaking out to let everyone know she’s glad they are noticing she looks different.

“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,” the 45-year-old actress told People in a new interview.

Renee stepped out at the Elle Women in Hollywood event with boyfriend Doyle Bramhall II on Monday evening (October 20) and while she thought the internet buzz is “silly,” she decided to comment on the issue because “it seems the folks who come digging around for some nefarious truth which doesn’t exist won’t get off my porch until I answer the door.”

“My friends say that I look peaceful. I am healthy,” Renee added. “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.”

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  • willow

    I don’t see what all the fuss is about? She just looks thinner , healthier, and older, why is everyone making a big deal about it. She looks good!

  • oldschool

    Nope she looks like a different person.

  • deadre

    she had her eyes lids done. they look bigger but very natural. more symetrical.

  • Ari Meyer

    I dont mind at all that she thought she needed a tuneup, but the psychobabble that shes spewing is obnoxious! Just say you had work done and put an end to it. She is still beautiful, but she sounds like a blathering nut job.

  • Maddie

    She really does look like a different person, but her friends are right, she does look happy and peaceful. So long as she’s happy, who cares. She’s not the first one to do it nor will she be the last.

  • Nightwish

    Lets get real here. She looks unrecognizable. Looks like a canthopexy and small jaw implant to make her face appear longer was performed. If she feels happier and healthier, well thats great, but at the expense of no longer being recognized? Up to her. She should have seen jlo’s guy. If she preserved her chubby cheek appeal, we still might be able to identify her.

  • Emms

    It’s true that whatever she feels happiest doing is her choice and we shouldn’t rag on her for that, but obviously lying about it makes her look pathetic. Since she’s willing to lie, she should have simply said she had ptosis (droopy eyelids) and did it for a medical reason and that would have made everyone criticizing her look bad. Also, most criticism was complaining why an attractive, talented (Oscar winning) actress made herself look unrecognizable…..it’s not like people were saying “ugly witch, haha, she so ugly”.

  • Jim

    Yeah, her surgeon did a really excellent job. I don’t see the problem in acknowledging that. She doesn’t look like Renee Zellweger at all anymore though.

  • http://www.seriouslyspain.com/ Seriously Spain

    Wow looks like a different person and nowhere near as attractive. I would NEVER have recognized her if her name hadn’t been attached to the picture. What a shame.

  • AM

    I don’t know why she is being forced to comment on it. People talked sh!t when she was squinty and that likely made her self conscious. I’m sure if we could all afford it many of us would like to make a tweak here or there. If she’s happy, I’m happy. Always enjoyed her and I’m glad she’s stepping back into movies.

  • Living in a box
  • Nightwish

    That “tune-up” turned into an overhaul

  • beara

    I think the only difference is her eyes are less squinty but at the same time she does not look plastic or like she’s had work done.

  • Ron Geraci

    Cecil the Cursing Cat’s thoughts on the Renee Zellweger criticism.

    http://themintyplum.com/?p=2825

  • xvlmxxx

    She looks like ENTIRELY different person. D:

  • Lisa

    Renee, please ignore this overblown story that started in the British Press. You are older, lost a lot of weight and wearing a lot less makeup. Yes I do see a bit of facial tune-up but not not much more than other Hollywood women. It’s because you haven’t been seen in the public eye for a while. They are putting your picture beside your pictures from 15 years ago which I think is ridiculous. Just ignore them. So OVERBLOWN!

  • Helsy Flores

    I don’t care what they say, that is not her. Look at the nose, it was thinner before. Yes, she was gorgeous before and this “Renée” is also pretty, but she doesn’t look at all like Renée.

  • plbh

    Wow, so… I’ve been seeing the pic of the “new her” the last 24 hours on social media and I kept ignoring it cos I didn’t recognize that woman until I saw these 2 pics together!! I was like wait what? She looks completely unrecognizable!! Seriously. And reading her say how happy she is and “it shows” is laughable!!! It’s obvious she had a surgery. I feel bad for her, she obviously has a problem.

  • Nightwish

    She totally lost her adorable, sourpuss smile. That was her signature appeal. We all fell in love with her for that.

    She might as well be a whole new actress

  • Listen to

    What has she even been doing that’s kept her so busy?! Oh the multiple surgeries. I think she looks fine but very different.

  • Maria

    I do see a slimmer jaw, but I also see that she had blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) done, which for her was probably necessary. Her eyes were barely noticeable with her natural eyelids, and perhaps even affected her vision as time went on. Notice how much more we can see her eyes! I still think she looks good, age appropriate, and relaxed. Time away from Hollyweird is so good for the soul!

  • AK

    she looks like naomi watts and cameron diaz

  • morphius

    I loved her squinty little eyes and round cheeks. It made her enjoyable and lovable. Now she looks like some generic woman. Who I don’t believe will get much work now!! She won’t be Bridget Jones again anyway….

  • Celina

    Sad sad woman…

  • jane

    i don’t know what happened to her face, but happiness isn’t it. she looks deformed in some way, and wrinkled and old(er). she looked so fresh and pretty before. it’s just another hollywood actor who is unhappy inside and it reflects in the surgery they feel they need. too bad.

  • dave816

    After reading her interview I am still wondering what I just read…I suppose she’s leaving it up to the reader to draw their own conclusions.

  • mm366

    Wow! Brava Ari Meyer for getting straight to the heart of the matter. Before I read your post I was thinking …..and Renee you said all of that to say “ok, I had my eyes done and yeah, now I look a bit more like Sara Jessica Parker’s taller sister than I planned so get over it already!”

  • mm366

    One of the standout identifiers of Renee Zellweger were those marvelous squinty eyes and now they’re gone. She could be anyone now which would be wonderful for someone wanting a career as a character actor who ISN’T an already established “Oscar winning lead! I’m trying to understand if she’s saying she’s done with all that acting mess.

  • SkinnyFatLovesJax

    not buying it renee. you had plastic surgery. the shape of your eyes didn’t change by themselves.

  • TheRezumee .

    If there wouldn’t be her name, I never in a million years would know it’s her… Damn..

  • Carla Sposito

    Unfortunate. She is unrecognizable. I am in favor of any work that improves the appearance. Since one does not lose its own identity. I just hope that his talent remains intact.

  • vn_102

    IKR, it’s probably sounds so harsh here but she looks so old like in her 50s, looks sickly and unhappy.
    Weird when she preach about being happy but her looks spoke the other way

  • vn_102

    Happier life? But her eyes looks so sad even though she put on fake smile there, so different with her more genuine smile before the plastic surgery went wrong

  • lfr

    Own it (the help), Renee. Stop insulting our intelligence, and we’ll all “get off your porch.”

  • Pop Star

    Everyone judged her look no matter what.

  • aleigh97

    Trying to preserve what you have, I understand. Completely changing the face of your brand, I don’t get.

  • Jennifer Johnston

    The important thing is how she feels and looks to herself really, but is she still going to be acting?Without her signature look it might hurt her career like Jennifer Gray killed her career with a nose job.

  • Lisa

    Looks like she had a head transplant

  • Susan

    Well if she drops out of Bridget Jones 3 as did Hugh Grant, they could still go ahead with another actress. After all, if she was in BJD 3, nobody would know it was Rene Z. anyway. LOL! Seriously, its sad that sexism and ageism is so endemic in Hollywood and the workplace in general that women feel the need to disfigure themselves with plastic surgery in a desperate attempt to appear younger and get and keep jobs. Her surgery is terrible and so obvious. She looks her age and so fake. Men, like her gorgeous and talented co star in BJ Colin Firth has obviously not had plastic surgery and gets tons of work. Aging gracefully is so much more attractive than obvious and bad plastic surgery. Robert Downey Jr and Rob Lowe are not kidding anyone with their plastic faces. Al Pacino should have let nature take its course. Billy Crystal looks like he went to Kenny Rodgers’ plastic surgeon. Mickey Rourke – no comment. Tom Hanks and his friend Bruce Springsteen must have gone to the same wig maker, plastic surgeon and botox expert. Joan Allen and Glen Close look embalmed. Poor, poor Jessica Lange. Courtney Cox, etc. OMG! They look silly. Do they think they are fooling anyone? Age gracefully men and women of Hollywood. I see why women are driven to it though – how many women over 40 get consistant work in Hollywood besides Meryl Streep.

  • Susan

    Well if she drops out of Bridget Jones 3 as did Hugh Grant, they could still go ahead with another actress. After all, if she was in BJD 3, nobody would know it was Rene Z. anyway. LOL! Seriously, its sad that the sexism and ageism is so endemic in Hollywood and the workplace in general that women feel the need to disfigure themselves with plastic surgery in a desperate attempt to appear younger and get and keep jobs. Her surgery is terrible and so obvious. She looks her age and so fake. Men, like her gorgeous and talented co star in BJ Colin Firth has obviously not had plastic surgery and gets tons of work. Aging gracefully is so much more attractive than obvious and bad plastic surgery. Robert Downey Jr and Rob Lowe are not kidding anyone with their plastic faces. Al Pacino should have let nature taken its course. Billy Crystal looks like he went to Kenny Rodgers’ plastic surgeon. Mickey Rourke – no comment. Tom Hanks and his friend Bruce Springsteen must have gone to the same wig maker, plastic surgeon and botox expert. Joan Allen and Glen Close look embalmed. Poor, poor Jessica Lange. Courtney Cox, etc. OMG! They look silly. Do they think they are fooling anyone? Go gracefully men and women of Hollywood. I see why women are driven to it though – how many women over 40 get consistant work in Hollywood besides Meryl Streep.

  • plez

    Looks like she got her eyes and lips done. Plus has been working out and has a more athletic built. Thus thinning her face as well as her body.

  • alex

    why she don’t smile like in past?because her skin can’t do this?the botox is dangerous,and many women and ,lately,men,used very much!but why this people joke with us?take all the people like stupid subjet,and I can’t understand why they do this!for me, renee’ can stop her career!

  • siennagold

    Wow I was shocked to see the drastic change. It’s like two different people. And please don’t give me the BS that it’s due to ageing or being happy (as Renee would say). Really now, there are a lot of celebs who had plastic surgery but they still look like themselves (albeit several years younger). For example, Jane Fonda obviously had work done but you would still recognize her as Jane Fonda. As for Renee, she had work done but we couldn’t recognize her. Actually I initially thought that photo was Robin Wright!

  • sas318

    Her eyes are larger, her lips are thinner, her face is longer. If she’s happy with her new face, that’s all that matters. I hope she is. She looks very pretty now. Her eyes are really pretty.

  • lolme

    good for her. Forget the haters

  • Joan

    She looks older with her new face now, before she looks nice and friendly

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GFW

    IMDb replaced her profile pic with one of these. What a difference a year makes! She looked like herself at the award shows last year. Fresh, pale, beautiful. Her look was her signature. It was unique, her, soft and touchable, unlike anyone else. Now she looks like any blond Jane of a certain age.

    I don’t suggest anymore Bridget films for her. No way does she look like the same woman. That said, if she’s happy that’s all that matters. Her guy looks into her.

  • Susan

    I understand why she underwent the knife. Women over 35 have few opportunities due to the ageism and sexism endemic in Hollywood and in the workplace in general. Her Bridget Jones Diary co-star, the gorgeous, sexy and ridiculously talented Colin Firth has resisted the knife and looks his age and gets tons of work. She did herself no favors. If she were in BJD3, nobody would know who she was except from her name, they could just as well recast her with her transformation. It looks fake and plastic. She destroyed what little career she had left. She is not a theater actress so she better try behind the camera. At least she doesn’t look like that weirdo boyfriend of hers..

  • go_doin_it

    I’m not sure if she looked better with or without Botox…

    http://plasticsurgeryproof.com/renee-zellweger-before-and-after-plastic-surgery-botox

  • shirleythomas

    i thinks she looks better now always found her chubby cheeks to be weird looking like chrissy tiegen’s