Renée Zellweger had a hard time getting back in character as Bridget Jones in the latest installment of the franchise, primarily because “she’s a bit more mature and has moved on.”
The 46 year old is reprising her role as the British writer in forthcoming romcom Bridget Jones’s Baby – over a decade since the last installment of the franchise, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, which was released in 2004.
“This is part of the new challenge, discovering where she is now in her new life,” Renée explained to Entertainment Weekly of the difficulties she is experiencing on the set of Bridget Jones’s Baby.
“She’s a bit more mature and has moved on, as we all have.
“But as an actress, it feels like stepping back with an old friend. I love this character, I like that she tells stories about what it’s like to be a woman and these really relatable situations at certain times in life. It’s so right to tell a story about Bridget in this stage of her life.”
Renée Zellweger Talks Bridget Jones’s Baby
In the new film, Bridget finds herself pregnant at the age of 43, but she isn’t clear on who the father of the child is, with options for paternity being a billionaire portrayed by Patrick Dempsey or her former fiancé Mark Darcy, played by Colin Firth.
Although Bridget has transformed with age, Renée notes there are still elements of her personality that remain unchanged.
“I think that’s her essence, really,” she said of her character’s propensity for interpersonal chaos. “All of us do things in our personalities that we don’t outgrow.”
Bridget Jones’s Baby is currently filming and the movie will be released in theaters in 2016. We personally can’t wait! Will you be seeing the film? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below!
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