Thursday 12 December 2019

Reese Witherspoon slams BFF Renee Zellweger's critics as 'cruel, rude and disrespectful'

Actors Reese Witherspoon and Renee Zellweger
51345306 Celebrities at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Independent.ie Newdesk and Agencies

Reese Witherspoon has spoken out in defense of Renée Zellweger.

The Bridget Jones’ Diary actress hit headlines recently when she debuted what seemed to be an altered appearance.

Actress Renee Zellweger poses at the 21st annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards in Los Angeles
Actress Renee Zellweger poses at the 21st annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards in Los Angeles

But while Renée credited a “happy, healthy lifestyle” for the change in her looks, others suggested it may have been down to some kind of surgical intervention.

However, Reese has now come forward to insist that those criticising her colleague were being “rude and cruel”.

Renee Zellweger in 2003
Renee Zellweger in 2003

Read more: Renée Zellweger 'crying' to boyfriend about the backlash surrounding her looks

“It’s horrible. It’s cruel and rude and disrespectful, and I can go on and on and on. It bothers me immensely,” Reese told The Hollywood Reporter.

“I know this is so Pollyanna of me, but why — and it’s particularly women — why do they have to tear women down? And why do we have to tear other women down to build another woman up? It drives me crazy. Like, this one looks great without her makeup but that one doesn’t look good without her makeup, and it’s all just a judgment and assault that I don’t — look, men are prey to it as well. I just don’t think it’s with the same sort of ferocity.”

Reese was joined by fellow stars Amy Adams, Hilary Swank, Julianne Moore, Patricia Arquette, Laura Dern, and Felicity Jones for the publication’s 2014 Actress Roundtable issue.

Actress Renee Zellweger (L) and recording artist Doyle Bramhall II arrives at ELLE's 21st Annual Women In Hollywood at Four Seasons Hotel
Actress Renee Zellweger (L) and recording artist Doyle Bramhall II arrives at ELLE's 21st Annual Women In Hollywood at Four Seasons Hotel

Read more: 'I'm glad folks think I look different,' says Renee Zellweger on her changing appearance

And another issue discussed during the interviews was the recent photo hacking scandal that saw intimate pictures of actresses including Jennifer Lawrence made public.

Speaking about the incident, Patricia said: “I feel really strongly that there’s nothing deviant about two lovers sharing sexual intimacy. That is normal. It’s been happening since the beginning of time.”

“What is deviant is when a community decides that they can break into your sexuality, steal that from you, insert themselves, observe your private sexuality.”

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