Since her professional semi-retreat, the actress has resurfaced to give us an unforgettable interpretation in the movie «Judy», based on the play by Peter Quilter «At the end of the rainbow». This is a biopic of the legendary Judy Garland, who remembers that we do not have to end Zellwegger's professional career even though she has hardly worked in the last ten years.
Judy Garland, the protagonist of "The Wizard of Oz," was one of the great stars of Hollywood, a woman who lived intensely and died prematurely because of her alcoholism. Renée Zellweger seizes his fragile body and his broken voice until she empties herself completely in a performance considered by many to be the most important of the year.
Q: You are a woman from the south, you have a relationship with Spanish
A: Of course, I enjoy interacting with people, with all kinds of people, and there is a social aspect in Los Angeles and in Texas where one meets many Spanish speakers. I have tried to learn Spanish to communicate, but I am not very loose in Spanish. Just enough to ask for food or find my way if I get lost
Q: I guess you can't read in Spanish
A: No, but I like reading Spanish and Latin authors. Laura Esquivel wrote Like Water for Chocolate, that I liked and, of course, 100 Years of Solitude from Garcia Marquez
Q: The ovation you received at the Toronto festival made you cry.
R:It was very exciting to live it. My intention with this film was to celebrate the life of Judy Garland, a woman whom I admire a lot because she has been one of the great vocalists in history. Understanding what she had to live, how she got over it and the difficulties of working in Hollywood at the time, help put her person in perspective. Her image was transformed before my eyes once I read the script.
Q: It is impossible to see The Wizard of Oz again with the same eyes.
R: I agree. That has always been one of my favorite movies, however, when I discovered what she suffered by shooting it, something broke. David Livingstone sent me the script and captivated me. I was very interested in Judy's life in her last stage, when she had lost everything. Once I decided, I hired a singing teacher to train my voice and identify Judy's parameters. Her style is very particular; the way she walks, her body language ... It has been a very difficult research process, but I am very proud of the result.
Q: It is surprising to see how Judy Garland's addiction to the pills begins and how the producers of "The Wizard of Oz" did not let her eat. Hollywood has changed, but not the canons of beauty.
A: I have my own thoughts about beauty and how it is represented. I don't agree with the idea that we remain the same, I think something has changed. We have created a misconception of what really seems attractive to us, but a woman who lives passionately and is happy is beautiful. The most attractive quality in a woman or a man is joy. Ask anyone. It's not about the size of your dress, but about the size of your smile. The power of women is not fragile, it is not light, it is not hungry. We feed on joy, pleasure and we need to feel healthy, vibrant. You have to eat, dance and laugh. When you know how to enjoy, discover beauty.
Q: Do you think about the Awards? Now that you are nominated to the Oscar
R: No. I try to live fully. When I work I give myself completely, my reward is the crying of the public when watching the movie. Infecting Judy's emotion is my prize.
Q: Personally, what did you discover about yourself in the time you were away?
A: I can't tell you, it's too personal. But I am proud of this moment in my life because I am healthy, I just finished Bridget and I am going to buy a new car.
Q: How is your relationship with social media?
A: I don't like them, I don't have any relationship with them. They don't motivate me. There are countless sources of information that I consider very questionable. The truth appreciated its value as political tools, unity and communication of education, but also serve to create negative stereotypes, to attack and speculate.
Q: Go back to the big screen after being missing for a few years
A: I needed some time to reconsider, to dedicate my friends, my family, myself. During this time, away, I have been studying, dedicating myself to believe in other aspects of the filming process that does not necessarily imply being in front of the camera. I think I burned, it was a decade working tirelessly, from filming to shooting and I forgot to live. It may sound cheesy, but it's exactly what happened to me.
Q: Being famous bothers you?
A: It is stopping my work, however, it is the worst I have. There are many ways to face this profession, I am of the opinion that you have to keep the mystery and not dissect your life from public opinion. I do not share my life on social networks nor am I interested in talking about anything other than my films
Q: You enjoyed your time away from the cinema
A: Yes. But don't say I retired because it wasn't like that. I took time to reconsider, to explore other areas. I dedicated myself to write, to produce and to live