Wednesday 19 June 2019

'I think women are exquisite after a particular age' - Renée Zellweger on the joys of ageing and finally playing a femme fatale

Renee Zellweger for Netflix's What/If
Renee Zellweger for Netflix's What/If
Renee Zellweger attends the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
Renee Zellweger (Netflix)
Renee Zellweger arrives for the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix / AFP)
Zellweger in character as Judy Garland (Pathe UK/PA)
Renee Zellweger attends ALS Golden West Chapter Hosts Champions For Care And A Cure at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows on December 2, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images)
Renee Zellweger attends ALS Golden West Chapter Hosts Champions For Care And A Cure at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows on December 2, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Renée Zellweger said she is more secure than ever in her skin since celebrating her milestone 50th birthday.

The Oscar-winning actress said she feels as if she's living with a "clean slate" now and analyses the levels of attractiveness applied to women throughout their lives, which rarely take into account the levels of self-satisfaction that comes with getting older.

"It just evolves, if only people were willing to recognise it," she told British Vogue. "At 21, you have an attractiveness that’s... obvious. You only really come into your own a bit further along in your life. I think women are exquisite after a particular age.”

"You know, I feel like a kid. It’s a clean slate. You get to a point where you recognise what you value and live by it with a greater degree of ease. You forget about the societal pressures that you never even realised were influencing your decision making. Good luck to every girl until you get to 50, that’s all I have to say! I’ll be thinking about you, but just wait - what fun.

Renee Zellweger (Netflix)
Renee Zellweger (Netflix)

"Oh my goodness."

Zellweger, who is stepping back in the limelight after a lengthy career break, has two high profile projects being released this year including playing Judy Garland in xxxx and presently, taking on the role of a wealthy femme fatale investor in Netfix's What/If.

She looked to Anne Bancroft's Mrs Robinson in The Graduate for inspiration and the plot isn't a million miles away from the film, centring on Robinson's seduction of 21-year-old college graduate Dustin Hoffman - or Indecent Proposal. In the Netflix series, Zellweger offers a woman an $80m investment in her company for one night alone with her husband.

"Hooray for her and her audacity. I love that she’s entitled and takes up space and leads with her sexuality. I wish I had a smidge of her entitlement! Let’s see more of that please. Why is it so exceptional?”

“I just had to understand: how do you trust your instincts when the consequences of your decisions are so vast?”

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