Renée Zellweger has got a healthy attitude toward the tabloid press.
The “Judy” star is on the new cover of InStyle magazine, and in it she talks about how she learned to laugh about being hounded by the tabloids early in her career.
“I was devastated about a breakup and it was plastered all over the tabloids. None of it true, all of it humiliating. Nevermind that living the experience [of the relationship] was plenty,” she recalls. “My brother taught me that this is what it is. This is not a proper representation of you and how you live your life. The choices you make, this is not. It is entertainment, and it’s funny if you look at it in the right way.”
Zellweger also notably took a break from acting for several years, which helped her feel rebooted.
“It was nice to have authentic exchanges with people for a while,” she explains. “When you’re not on the radar, people don’t clock who you are; you’re just a person at the coffee shop ordering a coffee. I just knew that there were certain things I needed to prioritize and if I kept going, there would be just no way I could do it.”
As for the making of “Judy”, for which she’s garnering Oscar buzz in her role as the iconic Judy Garland, Zellweger says, “The schedule is pretty punishing but it’s finite. You know that after this series of months, you can catch up a little. But, yeah, this one was big. It was big because I was greedy. I didn’t want to stop. I wanted to keep digging.”