RENEE ZELLWEGER has always been straight talking when it comes to serious matters – only this month she penned an open essay for The Huffington Post addressing hurtful tabloid rumours about her appearance. Now, on the promotional trail for the forthcoming Bridget Jones’s Baby, she’s given a characteristically frank reflection on the pressures that are placed on modern-day women when it comes to work-life balance.
“Maybe there are old-school societal pressures that women feel that they are being judged if they don’t sort of accomplish everything, now that the glass ceiling has been smashed and you can do all these things you’re supposed to be supposedly able to do it all,” she told Australia’s 2DayFM radio station. “That’s not possible. You have to make choices and make priorities.”
Her next big-screen outing sees the star’s most famous character, Bridget Jones, make plenty of big choices including, as the name suggests and the trailers have long-since given away, having a child.
“She’s become a successful TV producer, she’s making money, her clothes are smarter, she’s in good shape – but she’s still Bridget. She still finds herself in situations that she has to deal with the consequences of,” Zellweger told us of the famously clumsy blonde for the July issue of Vogue. “I love her. I’m not her – I think I’m far more conservative – but I think there is some Bridget in all of us. That’s why she strikes such a chord with people.”