Renée Zellweger Reveals the Real Reason She Left Acting for Awhile
Renée Zellweger realized that after years being a movie star, she needed to take a break and reassess her life.
From her breakout roles in Empire Records and Jerry Maguire to the Bridget Jones movies and being Oscar-nominated three times over, finally winning Best Supporting Actress for her turn in Cold Mountain, Zellweger’s career has been a stellar one.
But Zellweger became more and more unhappy with showbiz as time went on. “I can’t remember if there was one defining moment. I don’t think so. I think I was just taking inventory of my life,” she told People magazine in this week’s cover story.
Zellweger added, “Everything was about going from one professional obligation to the next. And that’s what I call them now, when they should have been exciting opportunities, creative opportunities or life adventures. Like laughing, driving to Sony, because Tom Cruise is there.”
By taking a six-year break, Zellweger learned to live a happier, healthier life by writing and also dating guitarist/singer Doyle Bramhall II, a longtime friend from Texas.
The actress explained, “When you have nothing to go home to, no one to celebrate these things with, it’s time to maybe reassess and figure out what you’re not doing right. I had made so many promises to myself about things that I wanted to explore, things I wanted to try, and how I would like to grow as a person that I had made no time for. And I thought, ‘That’s enough.'”
Check out Zellweger’s big-screen return in Bridget Jones’s Baby, opening this Friday!