Renee Zellweger Had ‘Real’ Stage Fright While Filming ‘Judy’

Portraying Judy Garland in “Judy” presented some real challenges for Renee Zellweger. The actress dished on the role while visiting “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday.

“That stage-fright scene, that was real,” Zellweger said. “You know, it’s a real audience where we filmed it.”

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“Rupert [Goold], the director, was determined that this was going to be an authentic experience between a performer and an audience,” she continued. “It’s the end of her life, maybe the last year of her life. She did a series of concerts in London.

“A lot of people think it was the tragic part of her life but I think understanding the circumstances, in context, you can see how extraordinary she really was.”

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Zellweger continued to build Garland up.

“Not just her God-given talent but with the things she was able to overcome in order to continue to perform in that level,” she told DeGeneres. “She is remarkable, one in a million.”

“Judy” premieres Sept. 27 in theatres.

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