After a six-year break from making movies, Oscar winner Renee Zellweger is back on the silver screen, back to doing press junkets, back to doing interviews -- and this time around, she's not holding back.
While promoting her new film "Bridget Jones's Baby," the 47-year-old slammed society's perception of beauty during an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald.
"[We are] made to believe that there's some value in meeting a social paradigm," said the "Jerry Maguire" actress. "It's been that way for centuries."
The fresh-faced actress also made sure to explain that she felt the character of Bridget represents the antithesis of the pressures to look young and beautiful.
Zellweger said, "[Bridget] reminds us that outside of [beauty] everybody has something to contribute. And everybody has appeal in what they are as individuals."
Her comments about society's perception of beauty are likely as a result of the Internet's fascination with the actress' face when she hit the red carpet looking dramatically different at ELLE's 21st annual Women In Hollywood Awards at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Oct. 20, 2014.
At the time, the wrinkle-free celeb was accused of having an eye-lift, which she said was "silly."
While on NBC's "Today" show back in March, the actress also discussed avoiding reading what people write about her. Zellweger admitted that she doesn't look at what people write about her.
The beauty said, "It's not really part of my life. It's part of the job, that I don't really experience except when I step into this arena." She elaborated, "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."
We hope she didn't read the things people wrote about her back in 2014 -- because lots of it was not nice!
As for why she took such a long break from making movies (her last film was a little known movie entitled "My Own Love Song," starring fellow Oscar winner Forest Whitaker) and what she did with her time off, the star explained her reasoning behind her hiatus from the lime light to American Way Magazine for American Airlines.
"I planned to take some time off after "Chicago" (2002), but there kept being once-in-a-lifetime experiences in front of me that I didn't want to miss out on," said Zellweger. "Then I learned you can't keep doing that forever, so I chose to see what would happen if I did let that once-in-a-lifetime experience that was ahead of me go and just be still and see what I could build."
Zellweger ended up traveling to Thailand, Cambodia, and Liberia with a gender equality organization to help empower local women to advocate for their rights.
She told the mag, "I think traveling off the beaten path is a good idea for anybody because it's essential for understanding not just the rest of the world but yourself."
The "Empire Records" actress also admitted that she came back to film because she missed the creativity. "I craved the creative process again. When I stopped making films, it was because it became more depleting than rewarding. It was because of the way I was living my life, and I don't think you can be good in a creative medium if you aren't grateful for the opportunity to participate," she said.
Zellweger added, "I started to miss it and I felt ready."
Well we know we're ready for "Bridget Jones' Baby" -- which gets delivered into theaters on Sept. 16!
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