She's back and she couldn't look happier about it.
After a six year hiatus from Hollywood, Renee Zellweger returns to the big screen this year with "Bridget Jones's Baby" and the legal drama "The Whole Truth." And judging from the way she looked when she left a SoulCycle class in Los Angeles on Thursday, July 28, she's more than ready to bounce back into the limelight.
Even with her hair still wet under one of her go-to baseballs cap above ripped jeans and a slouchy top, Renee's make-up-free skin was glowing as she flashed an adorable smile at a photographer.
In recent years, Renee's looks have come under scrutiny repeatedly. Variety writer Owen Gleiberman was recently criticized publicly by Rose McGowan, among others, for writing a scathing critique of the 47-year-old Oscar winner's appearance in a context the "Charmed" star pointed out simply isn't used to discuss similarly accomplished male actors.
"Her crime, according to you, is growing older in a way you don't approve of," Rose wrote in The Hollywood Reporter.
"Who are you to approve of anything? What you are doing is vile, damaging, stupid and cruel. It also reeks of status quo white-male privilege."
Renee, meanwhile, has stayed true to her easygoing and polite Texan roots when it comes to talking about her changing looks.
Regarding questions about whether she'd had plastic surgery, she said such speculations are "not really part of my life" during a March appearance on "Today' (via the Daily Mail).
"It's part of the job, that I don't experience except when I step into this arena … In my home I'm not aware of it. I don't do any kind of social media, so I don't see it. I like to have, I guess you would call them, real experiences.
Speaking to British Vogue, she addressed the weight she gained for "Bridget Jones's Baby" in a similarly dismissive manner.
"I put on a few pounds. I also put on some breasts and a baby bump," she said. "Bridget is a perfectly normal weight and I've never understood why it matters so much. No male actor would get such scrutiny if he did the same thing for a role."
"Bridget Jones's Baby" hits theaters Sept. 16.