Renee Zellweger looks much different, would you recognize her?

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This is a genuine question. If you saw Renee Zellweger out and about, judging from these latest photos of her, you might think she looked familiar but you wouldn’t think, “that’s Renee Zellweger,” right? You wouldn’t recognize her, at least I wouldn’t. At an event where she’s identified, it’s easy to say “huh, I guess that’s Renee Zellweger,” but otherwise I might see her out, do a double take and forget about it. I often see people who remind me of celebrities, but I chalk that up to my job and to staring at famous faces all day. (Protip: if you feel like flattering someone, tell them they look like someone famous. I kind of love to do that, but it’s not phony! Usually the person really reminds me of a celebrity.) So if I saw Renee now it might not compute for me that it was her.

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So obviously Renee had some work done. I like her, she’s not a famewhore, and she seems like a genuinely nice person who does good deeds. I’m not going to criticize her for getting a few jabs or an eye job or whatever she had done to look like this. I don’t think she needed it, but I understand the plastic surgery motivation in general, especially in her industry where the pressure is so high. That said, does she look plastic? Does she look super fake and “done”? To me, she doesn’t. She just looks very different from how she did before, and like she had some minor work. If I saw her out, as a civilian I didn’t know, I wouldn’t think that she had too much plastic surgery, just some Botox.

It’s kind of shocking how different Renee looks though, and how she looks like a familiar version of herself. She could be her younger sister. Will this be a Jennifer Grey-type situation and will it cost Renee work? I think she was just as pretty before. Her wide eyed look is a little too contrived, but again that’s in relation to how she looked before. If I didn’t know her, I wouldn’t be struck by her obvious plastic surgery. So I guess that means it’s decent surgery, however different it makes her look.

What happens to someone’s identity when they radically change their looks? How long does it take to get used to? I guess it depends on the person. I doubt it’s something I could get used to, but maybe I’m wrong. Maybe I’ll know that experience someday.

Thanks to Kit for mentioning this on the Lisa Kudrow post

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  1. Nono says:

    I really like her like this. Wow. If you’re going to do plastic surgery, this is how you do it. She looks stunning! Her features are so much more relaxed. Good for her.

    Edit: is it possible she hasn’t had much work done, and that most of it’s just because she stopped the tightening procedures? Her face looked painfully tight before these new photos.

  2. Rhea says:

    Wow, I wouldn’t know it’s her! Her new eyes makes her look like a totally different person. I’m not sure if that would be a good move for her career.
    Remember Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing) had a nose job to remove the bump from her nose? For many, this change on her image, cost her nothing less than her career.

    • Lilalis says:

      Exactly, I didn’t recognize her at all, and Jennifer Grey was my first thought too. It’s kinda shocking how different she looks. Totally unnecessary and probably career-changing.

    • LadyMTL says:

      In the last pic I was actually getting a bit of a Christina Applegate vibe, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. That said, I don’t like the new wide-eyed look because it really does make her look incredibly different.

      Also, is it just me or is her face fuller because she put on some weight? Not saying that to snark, but she looks a bit heavier IMHO.

  3. lisa2 says:

    I think she had her eyes done.. Had them opened or whatever you call it. Her eyes were very sqinty and now they are more opened.

    I don’t usually go with the OH SHE HAD SURGERY.. but this is very obvious. She looks like a different person all together.

  4. Abby says:

    Her eyes look more wide open. Not a brow lift, but something with the eyelids? The squint is gone.

    • Dinah says:

      This, exactly. My 75 year old mother is visiting me now- she had surgery to lessen the extreme hooding of her upper eyelids- and the look is similar. For her, it was medically covered- it was impairing her vision, but the effect is the same.

      Upper lid blepharoplasty, FTW!

      BTW, she looks weird now.

      • GiGi says:

        Yes! My husband’s family all have these gorgeous, hooded, Richard Gereish eyes. Great on young people, but they all eventually have to have some skin removed because it impairs vision.

        I’m guessing she had that done and it *may* have been deemed medically necessary.

      • Amy says:

        My husband is in his 40s and was just told he should have that surgery, because as he gets older his vision will be affected. He’s really wrestling with the whole idea of changing his appearance. When I looked closely at the photos of “before” Renee, it’s plausible that that could have been the reason for her surgery, too.

      • NYC_girl says:

        @Dinah – my mother is 73 and had the same surgery. Her lids were drooping and impairing her vision. The doctor was great and did a subtle job; he actually left a little bit of puffiness under her eyes to look “natural” and not pulled too tight. She still looks the same though. I think it looks better than Renee actually; I’m a little shocked at how different she looks.

      • MaiGirl says:

        She really does. The squint was a part of what made her unique, and now, since she has such piercing blue eyes, she looks a bit possessed! She is pretty, but she looks mighty tight and fake now, and soooo different from how she used to look. I would not have known who she is if I had seen a photo with no caption, and even with a career on the downslope, it doesn’t seem like the best idea to become totally unrecognizable.

        This reminds me of when Kenny Rogers had similar surgery. Those crinkly eyes became huge, round, and off-putting. Even he regrets it now.

    • Not says:

      They love it in China…The Western look .

    • Jane says:

      To me, she looks a lot different. Her squinting that was almost a signature look for her is gone. Now she looks like everyone else. She doesn’t look bad, just ordinary IMO.

      It reminds of me of Jennifer Grey when she had her nose job. There was nothing wrong with her original nose. It fit her face, was a little unique and she looked pretty with it. Now she just looks ordinary, still pretty, but nothing special.

      But, I can see why Rene had the surgery. Hooded eyes don’t age well (I kinda sorta have the same thing) and she is in a business that shuns actresses that are aging. Maybe closeups had become a challenge.

      • littlestar says:

        While I think Renee looks great, I am a little sad that she doesn’t look completely like herself anymore :( . You are right, the hooded eyes was what made her so unique and interesting looking, and now that’s gone. But if it really was an actual medical procedure to see better, then that I understand. But still, she doesn’t look like the Renee I remember from her movies. I am a big fan of her regardless, but this is still surprising.

  5. Greata says:

    She now looks like a young Liv Ullmann.

  6. SS says:

    That is so creepy. What did she do? Something with her eyelids/brows maybe. It´s not even an improvment so why?

  7. Lisa says:

    Saw a post of her on Go Fug Yourself, and I seriously questioned if that was really her. The eye lid lift (I am guessing) completely changed her appearance.

  8. Jaded says:

    I actually think it’s an improvement, her eyes have lost that squinty look. It doesn’t look plastic at all and she seems to have stopped those drastic skin peels she used to get that made her look like she fell asleep under a sun lamp.

  9. QQ says:

    Well her eyes learned how to open outside of movies LOL… She still looks like a freshly skinned/burned/peeled socialite

  10. ClaireB says:

    There ‘s something almost Kim Basinger-like in the third picture…it ‘s definitly different. Neither good or bad, just different.

  11. blue marie says:

    She looks a bit like Sarah Paulson. Maybe she had something done to her eyes, I can’t spot anything else.

  12. Nibbi says:

    So at first, reading the headline, I was like nooooooooooooonnn, please guys can we NOT jump all over her for looking older, she looks FINE … but then, yeah, on closer inspection, and upon actually reading the article ;) where you’re not at all being ageist or mean… yeah… it’s def too bad that she clearly had something done to her eyes- they are wide open now. She doesn’t look bad in any way but she doesn’t look like HERSELF. I think her squinty eyes were part of her cuteness, sort of a trademark Renee Zellweger thing, and I can imagine that being such a particular trait, it probably bugged her her whole life long… Too bad! cuz yeah, she’s unrecognizable now.
    I remember seeing some blurb from an interview a few years back where her face seemed so oddly paralyzed and swollen (I’d say def too much botox for one thing) it looked like she had trouble talking. It was weird and totally unflattering to her image, really.
    Silly actresses, don’t you know you NEED your faces?

    Also, I see some Naomi Watts in that face now… definitely pretty, but, like, why must everyone look the same kind of pretty?

    • MacScore says:

      Yes, you just summed it up perfectly. I almost feel as if she should have had the eye surgery YEARS ago, before people got used to her squinty eyes and associated her with them. Now, she looks like a completely different person. I honestly did not recognize her at all – I too thought it was Naomi Watts for a moment. I was fond of her previous look. Now, she looks totally generic. I hope it doesn’t have a negative impact on her career, as I really like her work.

  13. It'sJustBlanche says:

    She looks better. I wonder it as she aged the squinty eyes were causing issues and she had that fixed? You hear of that happening.

  14. teatimescoming says:

    It looks like she just gained a few pounds. I think she looks good.

  15. Aussie girl says:

    Wow. She looks completely different. Not sure if this will sell well in hollywood though. The public want to see Renee in a movie, not someone that looks a little bit like her. In saying that , who really wants to see her anymore? Beside Bridget jones she really wasn’t a big draw card in movies.

  16. Birdie says:

    She looks great, I think it improves her looks.

  17. PunkyMomma says:

    Yup. She had her eyes done and now it’s like, where is Renee Zellweger? Now she does look like every socialite in Palm Beach.

  18. rianic says:

    I was coming to say what a few others have said. My uncle had to have an eyelid lift at a certain age bc the hoods of his eyes were obstructing his vision. It could be something similar.

  19. Belle Epoch says:

    Sometimes she did look ridiculously squinty. Like she’d get nervous, or the lights would be too bright, and she would scrunch up her face and her eyes would disappear. BUT she did not ALWAYS look squinty in films. So now she “did something” and her eyes will ALWAYS look wide open. Seems like a bad move for an actor. I miss squinty.

  20. Tessa says:

    Noooooo!! Her squinty eyes were her whole entire face! WTF was she thinking??!!

  21. Frida_K says:

    She now looks like JK Rowling, Jr.

  22. j.eyre says:

    @Blue Marie – I can’t reply to you on my phone but yes, she does look like Paulson. My first thought was Robin Wright but I definitely see Paulson on there too.

    Well, as a squinty-eyed person this is upsetting – now I have to find someone else to use when I say “I make Renee Zellweger look surprised”

  23. Sabrine says:

    I liked her squinty look. She’s too generic looking now. She’s lost her uniqueness.

  24. Virgilia Coriolanus says:

    Oooh, I told you all about my neighbor’s hot grandson who looks just like Ewan McGregor right? Down to the gingery beard–he looks a little grumpy though.

    But I do think she looks better–she was looking really harsh there for a while, and now she looks softer.

  25. Eve says:

    Really, really different. Would never guess that was her had it not been for the caption.

  26. chloe says:

    I do think she had something done to her eyes, but I also think some of it is because she is getting older, I know my face has changed a lot since I turned 40. I think she looks better now than she looked at last years Oscars, maybe she’s laid off the botox (I felt she looked pretty jacked up at last years Oscars). As for plastic surgery I had a discussion with my fellow female co-workers (me 40 the rest 50′s-60′s) a couple of days ago and we all agreed that if you have the money and are unhappy with something go for it.

    • taxi says:

      Last time she was at the Oscars, she looked drugged or drunk & couldn’t speak properly. She is now unrecognizable as RZ. Too much eye work – she could have lightened the upper lids & still retained the almond shape. Now she has round eyes.

  27. Ramblingirl says:

    I think she looks like Korie Robertson from Duck Dynasty. I actually think she looks softer and prettier. Thumbs up for me.

  28. eliza says:

    Wow! Bad eye job. Booooooo.

    I like her and hate her new face. It scares me.

  29. Dana M says:

    I loved her squinty look. She looks so different now. I would have never recognized her.

  30. Ginger says:

    Eye lift, Botox and a boob job? I’m guessing. She looks great but I probably wouldn’t recognize her until she spoke. She has that unique voice and manner of speech.

  31. lucy2 says:

    If you compare the photos, I think it’s just her eyes. It’s amazing how much that alone changed her face.
    I think she looked fine before and I think she looks fine now. But maybe she got tired of people calling her squinty for years.

    • Ellen says:

      I think she had a brow lift, too. The distance between her eyebrows and hairline has changed, and the hairline itself is a little wonky.

      It’s extremely well done. It just makes her pretty unrecognizable. I would think that’s a problem for any actress in her forties — what hook do you bring to the casting director, if not the goodwill you’ve built up with your fans? Who need to recognize you during the press tours!

    • LadySlippers says:

      Her cheeks are much plumper too. And while I agree she’s gained a bit of weight but it’s not enough weight to explain new apple cheeks. To me it’s the cheeks that have changed her face proportions the most.

  32. TheCountess says:

    I would think it was Kelly Preston. What a difference the eyes make. I prefer the old ones.

  33. Rhiley says:

    I kind of like it. I thought she had probably had some pretty bad surgery near the height of her fame. She looked like she was sucking on a lemon. But maybe it was just bad makeup. She definately looks better, but very different. When I saw the first picture I thought it was going to be a story about Dax Shepherd’s wife.

  34. teehee says:

    I dont think it was necessary, since this was ‘her’ look- why erase her individuality? On a positive note, the surgery is super well-done, and it isnt plastic (at least on the eyes).

  35. Esti says:

    Am I the only one who thinks she had her cheek implants removed/downsized? It does look like she had her upper eyelids done, but I think the biggest difference is that the bottom lid isn’t being squeezed up into her eye by the chipmunk cheeks she gave herself a while back. There’s a huge difference between how full her face was in the old pictures vs. now, even though she weighed less a few years ago.

    And while she doesn’t look very, very different, I like it. She already wasnt working because face looked completely alien, now she looks like a comparatively normal, non-plastic person, even if she doesn’t really look like herself. Massive improvement.

    • sienna says:

      No I agree there is something different with her cheeks, but it could be the extra weight she is carrying. It looks good on her.

      I agree there is definitely blepharoplasty, eyebrow lift, cheek work and breast augmentation. It really softens her.

      While I think she looks great, I agree with posters who hate to see her lose the signature squint.

    • LadySlippers says:

      I totally agree about the cheeks. Gaining weight doesn’t automatically give you apple cheeks. And she probably only gained 5-10 lbs not enough to account for plumper cheeks. See my above comments.

  36. Ellen says:

    Well, I think she looks good but she also looks generic now. I see Christina Applegate, I see some Naomi Watts, I even see some Nicole Kidman in her face.

    I wonder, too: how long does it take to get used to a surgery that just totally changes your look? And do people talk about that? Because it’s very much a thing in Hollywood — get to a certain age, get something done that totally changes your face.

    At least in this case, it’s not duck lips and giant cheek implants, right?

  37. Bored suburbanhousewife says:

    I had the same eyes (we call them gecko eyes) & did them in my 20s. The below brow skin literally sits on your eyelashes in some cases & can impair vision. However, for actresses with a signature look, it dramatically changes your look. This is a key reason Catherine ZJ looks so different. The bleph procedure eliminated the exotic quality of her beauty by removing her slightly slanted, deep set eyes.

  38. jinni says:

    Renee didn’t just have a squint, her eyes were that way because she’s of Sami and Kven ancestry. They are ethnic groups in Norway where her old eye shape is very common. It’s kind of sad the she has erased her ethnicity from her face, just like Jennifer Grey. She looks like Naomi Watts now. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, just odd.

  39. Maureen says:

    Definitely her eyes. She got those done because she was starting to get the “hooded” look. Good for her if it makes her feel better. She doesn’t look terrible. Just needs to put on a little weight.

  40. Jayna says:

    It looks like Renee to me. She just got her eyes done and they look great, not too much, and they will settle as time goes on. She doesn’t look as thin as she usually looks, which is good.

    I don’t think people understand that when you have eyes like she had, the heavy skin drooping over her eyelids, it gets worse and worse as you get older. In face, when we see her that’s with fake eyelashes and all kinds of tricks to try to make them look a little more open. When she gets up in the morning, they are just drooping over her eyes. I remember I was on medication for a while that I guess began doing some odd swelling over my eyes. I have nice eyelids and never got women wanting a eye job before. But every day I would get up and see all that skin drooping over my lids and I looked so old and tired. I didn’t know what was going on. It went on for a couple of months and I was trying to figure out what was causing it, never thinking medication. But after a month or even more of looking like that every morning I was miserable and realized why women might do it. Once I stopped the medication after finding that as a side effect online, it went away and my nonsaggy eyelids came back and I had back my nice open eyes again and refreshed look, not tired. Thank God. I realized unless I had a problem someone else who isn’t happy about had, it was never up to me to judge if they did something.

  41. MademoiselleRose says:

    Wow, I’ve never seen that happen to a movie star before, except Jennifer Gray, where she actually doesn’t look like herself anymore. I would never have picked it was her. She had quite a distinctive look before which I liked. I think she doesn’t look “done” as such, she looks good, she just doesn’t look like herself. There’s a lot of pretty/beautiful women in Hollyweird, but the ones I think are beautiful are usually the “different” pretty ones, ones with character about their face along with the beauty. She’s taken away her “different” beauty and replaced it with a generic one. I think that’s pretty sad actually as she was different before, now she looks like all the other blondes out there.

  42. GeeMoney says:

    I think she looks good… looks like the skin around her eyes has been lifted.

    I guess we can’t refer to her as Squinty Zellweger anymore!

  43. Tig says:

    I agree with those who opined she had eyelids done for medical reasons- I can believe it as her eyes have always been so “squinty”. I know folks who had had this procedure, and none have had this level of “wide eye”, for lack of a better term. Isn’t she supposed to play Bridget Jones again?

  44. Kiddo says:

    I find this incredibly sad. She didn’t enhance her looks; she changed them entirely. How much she must have hated herself to go this route.

  45. IvanaVodka says:

    IMO, she’s looked a little “waxy” in recent years. Now, she’s added blepharoplasty and perhaps an upper (or mini) facelift to her PS portfolio.

  46. Mom says:

    She looks wonderful!! I think less is more. She may have had her upper lids & chin worked on, but I believe the absence of botox is what we are seeing. Her hair has grown out some. Good for her!!

    • Esmom says:

      Yes, you can even see some faint lines across her forehead, which probably haven’t been visible in years thanks to the Botox. She looks so much more natural now.

      And still photos are tricky, yes she looks different but I’m guessing in motion she might not look quite as dramatically different.

  47. Misery Fox says:

    I see some people have commented along the lines of “she shouldn’t have done it” and “it’s totally unneccessary” but to me it looks like she had a bad case over overhang on her upper eyelids and that is a really problematic thing to have.

    I know a few people who had bleroplasty and none of them did it solely to look better. It really is a pain. A lot of women with this problem can’t even wear make-up without it contantly smudging and mascara transferring onto the upper eyelids.

    I think she was smart to have it done, but it’s really a shame that it changed her look so much. Many people still look like themselves after this procedure.

  48. GreenieWeenie says:

    I’d guess an eyelift.

  49. blinkblue says:

    Why, why, why do these women do this kind thing to themselves? She has totally changed her features so that now she looks like any ordinary, run of the mill woman you see at the grocery store. Renee had a very attractive and endearing face before someone convinced her she needed to “freshen up”. What a shame.

  50. Jayna says:

    Plus she didn’t get it overdone. She has a more open look but you can see she doesn’t have big eyelids. I don’t even see her eyelids still, so it was done conservatively actually. It’s just not hooded over her eyes anymore. It will settle down as time goes on. I had a friend do it who had really great eyelids. I have no clue why she did it and she looked too startled. But even someone like her who shouldn’t have had it because she had no reason within a year she looked fine. I think she was getting rid of hereditary bags under her eyes, which I never noticed really, and the doctor suggested while she was under to go ahead and do her upper eyelids since she was in her late thirties. She regretted listening to him because she had no need. You only do that when you have excess skin like Renee.

  51. JudyK says:

    Why the greasey hair…UGH.

    She looks very different…good or bad, I don’t know. Wish all these celebs would stop w/ the endless plastic surgery.

  52. Leigh says:

    She doesn’t look bad, I thought it was Sarah Paulson for a moment, but it’s always disconcerting when seeing someone that no longer looks like themselves. It really would suck to have to age in Hollywood.

  53. Sunny says:

    Are you sure this woman is Renee Zellweger? Would like to see her ID

    Sadly, i don´t think she´ll get much work again. Her best actor-days are over and judging by her new face she knows it.

  54. janie says:

    She looks beautiful! I wouldn’t recognize her, but she looks good! One of the best jobs I’ve seen on anyine. It doesn’t look odd or contrived.. She looks beautiful!

  55. Mandy says:

    She looks completely different! I always thought her squinty eyes were endearing. Maybe she doesn’t look as different when watching her in action as opposed to just pictures.

  56. Christo says:

    It is rare that I’m amazed by such a striking contrast, but the eye-work is rather obvious—though I do think this is a combination of a few things rather than one thing that ultimately achieves this drastic change. It looks as if she has had a brow lift, eye-lid lift (possibly), botox (forehead and around eyes to relax the muscles that would cause the squinting), lip fillers (though slight), along with the reduction in the amount of eye-makeup that she typically used in the past to open up what had been her squinty eyes.

    She went from looking like a Rachel Zoe-in the making to Robin Wright Penn in one fell swoop.

  57. Amanda B says:

    You know I think it looks like she gained weight. That’s it.

  58. K says:

    I loved her old eyes. It’s too bad.

  59. serena says:

    OMG wtf happened to her! Bad plastic surgery? And she looks even older..wtf

  60. Obvious says:

    I’ve nevertheless really been a fan-especially during her lemon face days. But I think she’s looking incredible right now. Mainly because she’s gained some much needed weight which softens her entire look-seriously look back at the Bridget movies-and it looks like she’s stopped all the Botox.

    Renee if you continue to stay away from the
    Botox and fillers you may have just earned yourself a fan.

  61. shump says:

    Squinty lost her squint!
    I guess it looks good, but I LIKED her squinty. I thought she was almost unbearably cute before.
    Now she looks sort of… generic. Pretty, but generic. I hope she’s happy with the result, though!

  62. Hello Kitty says:

    She reminds me of Sarah Paulson now. Anyone else get that vibe?

  63. loveisthecoal says:

    I can’t reply directly to anyone on my phone, but agree with the folks who said she looks like Naomi Watts. I thought the header pic was Naomi!

    And yes, maybe it’s possible she had the eyes done for medical reasons. My mother is looking into this–they really are impairing her vision at this point.

  64. RHONYC says:

    8O looks like an eyelift and dermabrasion. stupid move.
    her trademark WAS her whole squinty-eye deal. fail.

  65. Christo says:

    I believe the true reason she removed the squint is because she felt Leann Rimes and Eddie Cibrian should bask in all the squinty glory that she had enjoyed for years.

  66. Nicolette says:

    That last photo, wow. I would not have known it was her. Whatever work she had done though it does look natural, though making her look very different. But she doesn’t have that frozen face that so many celebs that have surgery do. She looks good.

  67. Ice Maiden says:

    She reminds me of someone… can’t think who, but she definitely does not look like ‘herself’.

    While I accept that she may have needed to get her eyes fixed for medical reasons, she has lost her uniqueness. Renee was never a stunning beauty in the Charlize Theron or Kim Bassinger sense. Her squint was her ‘thing’. Now, as others have said, she just looks generic.

  68. Jazz says:

    She looks good! A bit like Kelly Rutherford.

  69. Axis2ClusterB says:

    I think she looks good. She had good work done and she gained a little weight.

  70. Miss M says:

    Don’t yell at me, but I honestly think she looks much more like herself circa “Jerry Maguire” now. It’s her older version, of course, with a bit of weight. I think she looks great!

  71. Mel says:

    Why do her lips always look chapped to me, like she needs some carmex

  72. Bottle Brunette says:

    Who was it again who kept calling her Squinty? Well, she fixed the problem.

  73. poppy says:

    well, people are definitely talking about her now.

    when you have blepharoplasty young don’t you usually have to have it done again after a few years? i think goop gets the procedure every 7-10 years but they don’t take so much lid off it is noticeable. i think a lot of celebrities have the procedure but some are more obvious than others.

    am i the only one that thinks RZ washes her hair in urine? why does her hair usually look so dank and limp?

  74. junebug says:

    I think she looks great. Different yes. She really “had” to do this. With age, the almond shape of her eyelid had really begun to obscure her eyes. As an actress this was a problem since so much acting is done with the eyes. The eyelid problem was making her look increasingly weird. I’m really glad for her. Now we can she how lovely her eyes really are, truly the window on a beautiful soul. This is terrific.

    • Jayna says:

      Exactly. I remember the last time I saw her in an interview. I think it was on David Letterman. I literally couldn’t see her eyes. I don’t mean she had hooded eyelids like when she was younger. I mean I couldn’t see her actual eyes the hooding was so bad now. She was all squint and no eyes. And I remember saying to myself that in movies you connect with the eyes in showing emotion in movies as an actress and expressiveness in the eyes can move you in certain scenes in movies. I thought at the time her eyes had gotten so bad that she doesn’t have that ability as an actress anymore. Funny you mentioned the same thing I thought watching her that night. I think for red carpets and such they had to use a lot of things to lift them a bit so she looked okay.

      • junebug says:

        I was thinking the same thing. Plus I believe that the eyelid problem had probably begun to block her vision too! I can think of nothing worse than to have droopy skin hanging down over my eyes so I don’t have my full range of eyesight! This surgery is more like correcting a birth defect. Good for her. People who don’t get this are foolish.

    • mercy says:

      Her natural eyes were more expressive.

      Sometimes they used too much fake eyashes or makeup to make them look bigger and it had the opposite effect.

    • GiGi says:

      There are other complications besides vision impairment, too – my husband is only 40, but he’ll def. have to have this done at some point – all of his family on his mom’s side have had it. One of the things that can happen is that you constantly get infections in your eyelash line due to the friction the sagging lid causes. It can be very uncomfortable.

  75. Jh says:

    I still can not believe that is RZ. She looks like entirely like a different person.

  76. mercy says:

    Shoot. She had her eyes done. They were so distinctive. I’m not against tweaking, but this is all kinds of wrong. She doesn’t look ‘refreshed’ or like a younger or better version of herself. She looks unrecognisable — in a bad way.

    Catherine Zeta-Jones did the same thing recently, to the same effect (and she had big eyes already!). Her hooded eyes were sexy. Her news eyes look like they were taken off a doll.

    Jack Lemmon was another who had this eyelid surgery and it made him look unrecognisable. I know hooded eyes can droop to the point where it affects a person’s vision, but is there no way to do a more subtle lift?

    Hopefully Renee’s work will settle over time.

  77. She may look good (compared to other celebs that got work done) but her squinty eyed look helped differentiate her from everyone else in Hollywood, and now she just looks like everyone else.

  78. Madriani's Girl says:

    You know who she reminds me of? That guys Mitch Somebody who played Skinner on X-Files. His eyes look like this now after he had some kind of surgery.

  79. Jacquie109 says:

    Wow she is not aging well…….

  80. Samtha says:

    She looks stunning, and her face actually looks less plastic surgery-ish than before.

  81. CTgirl says:

    Aside from the possible upper eye surgery it looks like the Botox/fillers are wearing off and her facial muscles aren’t fighting against nature anymore. I think she looks better now that she’s showing the hint of horizontal lines across her forehead that everyone past the age of 17 have. There is nothing sadder than a 40+ year old looking really tight and shiny.

  82. Shiba says:

    She looks great and happy – good for her!

  83. GiGi says:

    This is exactly why I will never get an eye lift.

  84. JuJuJen says:

    She DEFINITELY had the squint fixed. Look how much more awake she looks! I like it. She didn’t jump of the surgery cliff like some of these ladies and she did just enough to make a difference. Not bad.

  85. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    I can’t really see the surgery – it looks like she stopped the botox and isn’t wearing makeup – and looks like a mix of Laura Linney and Melissa Gilbert.

  86. Diana says:

    I don’t think she looks good. It actually scared me when I saw the pic the first time. She doesn’t look like herself at all. How can that be good?

  87. Kelly says:

    Wtf happened to her??? OMG….

  88. Jen says:

    She looks like that homely woman from American Horror Story. Sarah Paulson?

  89. Penelope says:

    She had a unique, interesting and pretty look before. Now she looks awful –the wide-eye thing is so fake!! Good Lord does anyone in HW recognize individuality as a good thing anymore?!

  90. Used☩oBeLulu says:

    Eyes done, and probably botox in the mandibles to streamline her jawline.

    She looks good, but not quite like herself!

  91. sunny says:

    I guess finding out that you’re consistently mocked for having narrow eyes takes it’s toll. If she were Asian it would be so inappropriate to do so, but since she isn’t, fair game. Where’s the next Kim Kardashian post. It’s big booty bashing time again. Yay!

  92. Ann says:

    Amazed anyone on here would think she’s “stunning” or “looks great”. She looks awful and not like herself anymore. It’s disturbing and will not help her career. Tragically, she looked fine before.

  93. rinaz says:

    She looks lovely … BUT it’s her eyes which was her trademark! Without those eyes, Renee Zellweget doesn’t look like Renee Zellweger!

  94. DesertReal says:

    I don’t like it. She doesn’t look like Renee anymore. Chica straight up looks like Sarah Paulson.

  95. Claudia says:

    I kept looking at the pictures to see what she had done to her face (it really is different!), and I think it’s just some removal of the skin above the eyes so her eyes aren’t so hooded. She also looks like she gained a bit of weight, as her face looks fuller.

    Hmm… I don’t know. It’s such a minor thing, but it really does make her look miles different. I liked her squinty hooded eyes, that was part of her charm. I can’t imagine Bridget suddenly having such rounded eyes.

  96. Meg says:

    i think she looks more natural than usual

  97. Mel says:

    “(Protip: if you feel like flattering someone, tell them they look like someone famous. ”

    I would apply that VERY cautiously. That may work with people who aren’t used to thinking of their appearance in positive terms OR people who have a weak self-image.
    (N.B. None of these two is a priori “bad” – very few things are. It just is what it is.)

    The last time I was flattered by hearing I resembled a certain famous actress I was fourteen.
    In adult life, any such remark had the effect of diminishing (to my eyes) the person who said it.

  98. anne_000 says:

    I can understand if actors ‘refresh’ their faces but not when they completely change them. If they became famous with a certain face then why change that unique quality?

  99. Maritza says:

    She used have droopy eyelids now her eyes are wide open. Very good work, it looks natural, the way it should be.

  100. vv says:

    I am torn. I think she looks pretty and her eyes are nice and big. In fact her face looks more ‘relaxed’…and yet she is unrecognizable now, too.

    They even poked fun of her squinty look in Me, Myself and Irene. The joke about how she looks like she is always sucking on a lemon lol now it doesn’t apply.

  101. Onyx XV says:

    Finally! She had her eyes de-squintified! Smart move, they were getting to the point where I bet it was difficult for her to see, they were so squinty! Never thought she was a very attractive woman, and while she does look better, she doesn’t look like her anymore. It will be moderately interesting to see how this affects her career.

  102. Kat says:

    She looks pretty, relaxed. Her features have been softened, and not in a bad way, in a flattering “I’m super rested and relaxed” way. If it’s surgery (versus a little botox), this is how it should be done. Looking good, Renee!

  103. moo says:

    The eye work is to distract you from the chest work….

  104. Kelly says:

    She looks more like Robin Wright. But not in a good way. I don’t think it is an improvement at all.

  105. Dagmarunger says:

    Madness she’s lost her sexy edge whatever she had done she looks cookie cutter now not fugly but bland and boring. She will regret this as she won’t to be able to undo it to get the “It look” back.

  106. Monty says:

    She has lost that cute squinty look that was her trademark. It is not a good thing to loose the one cute physical attribute that distinguished her from all the other pretty ladies in Hollywood. I think she will loose work as she does not look like herself anymore. Still pretty though.

  107. JS says:

    She looks terrible, her eyes are obviously done. She needed to lay off the Botox. Now she looks like everyone else. It’s too bad she doesn’t have self confidence in her looks.

  108. Nell Graham says:

    This just a fail for me. I loved the uniqueness of her face and thought she was lovely. I tend to think of plastic surgeons as more butchers that anything else. I can understand correcting serious deformities but anything else is just too much for me. It seems like the uniqueness of a person is destroyed and a chance for real self-acceptance is lost. It also seems to be women who have the majority of plastic surgery, which grates on me. Until men are shoving themselves full of silicon implants, I don’t think the societal playing field is fair.

    I struggle with not wanting to judge a person for trying to look/feel beautiful but still being upset with them for not having the strength to live in their imperfect body. I know it’s a judgement and I can only try not to judge harshly.

  109. My2cents says:

    I think she’s look great what ever she did, it’s not over done BUT does the woman own a set of tweezers???? I want to pin her down and shape those brows…good lord they drive me nuts.

  110. Ruyana says:

    Nope, she looks nothing like Renee. Just a generic woman and nothing special at all.

  111. Christina says:

    what a pity, I loved her eyes. they were special and unusual…now she looks very boring.

  112. Singtress says:

    I feel like she looks pregnant.

  113. Talie says:

    I agree with the majority that this is an example of plastic surgery done well, but Renee is a movie star and this is just not good. For a civilian, this would be fine. For a film star, it’s just weird. Her whole identity has just been wiped clean.

  114. pk says:

    Her squinty eyes had sparkle! She looks older now.

  115. Nell Graham says:

    NONO: Where did I say that anyone has it easy? If fact, I’d say no one does, so I have no idea why that’s all you took away from my comment. I’d rather have a discussion about what problems either sex may face than reflexively say “Well, men have problems too”. Very insightful *rolls eyes*

    • Nono says:

      You state that men don’t get as much plastic surgery, and that the “societal playing field” won’t be fair until they do. The logical conclusion to be drawn from those statements is that men de facto have it better than women do on the “societal playing field”. I’m simply pointing out that, that’s not necessarily the case.

  116. kibbles says:

    She looks better now, but she didn’t need to do this. She is an Oscar-winning actress, and despite taking a break from movies, is still considered A-list. I wouldn’t recommend any established actress to mess with their face. That is their BRAND. It is what made their fans first fall in love with them. If they are unrecognizable, they are no longer who they were when they first became famous. Just imagine if Meryl Streep or Barbara Streisand were to get plastic surgery that made them unrecognizable. It would seriously damage their careers. Renee should have done subtle surgery to maintain some youthfulness, but she went overboard. Good plastic surgery is when people aren’t really sure you got it but they think you look really great as if you got a good spa treatment. It is so obvious that Renee messed with her face. It isn’t a secret.

  117. Nell Graham says:

    NONO: I was talking about the de facto playing field of LOOKS. If you took that to mean I was talking about all of society’s hangups, you’re mistaken. That’s what annoyed the heck out of me. I wasn’t talking about men having no problems. I’m aware there are cultural stereotypes about men as well. I was commenting on the disparity of men and women having plastic surgery and the implications.

    There’s no reply button for me directly comment to you for some reason.

    • Nono says:

      Oh okay, understood. It’s unfortunate, but things are changing. The media’s quickly making men as insecure as women. ;) Increasingly more are using make-up now, too. Sigh. That’s not the way I would have evened things out, but at least it’s moving in the direction of some kind of parity, right?

      Are you using your phone? I think replies aren’t implemented on phones and tablets.

  118. eliza says:

    This is like the Jennifer Gray nose job. Still looks great but less recognizable.

  119. Melissa says:

    She looked good before, she looks even better now.

  120. homegrrl says:

    no no no! She got an eye lift, and now she looks like Darryl Hannah!

    Jen the Jeneric Hollywood lady. She’s cloned herself once again :(

  121. homegrrl says:

    well…her bf has a giant Man Perm and dye job, so she’s joined the freakshow apparently…so sad. I really loved her looks, fat girl brigit jones was my sHero…oh well….

  122. ParisPucker says:

    no one has really mentioned epic shine to her skin, reflecting light! May have something to do with the way she appears in some photos..

  123. Yoda says:

    These eyelifts are sometimes done due to medical/vision reasons. But her squinty eyes kind of ‘made’ her look! She does not look like Renee Zellweger!

  124. Mew says:

    She has suddenly Heidi Klum’s upper part of face. The lips are still the same tho, but it certainly doesn’t look like her.

  125. luna says:

    Actually all she needs are some oil blotting papers :x

  126. Carolyn says:

    Um….I wouldn’t have recognised her in that last photo without the heading. Methinks Renee has a few self-image issues.

  127. The Wizz says:

    This is really disappointing to me, Renee eyes were the unique feature of her face, that thing that made her stand out.

  128. irishserra says:

    I don’t think she looks bad, but I too feel like her hooded eyelids were a trademark for her. I’m sad they’re gone. That being said, I have the same issue of hooded eyelids. I hate them, especially when I’m trying to apply eye makeup and I’ve flirted with the idea of having something done about it.

  129. leela says:

    She was prettier before, her squinty eyes were her most charming feature. Case closed.

  130. miriam says:

    Are we certain this is Renee? I can’t believe how unrecognisable she is.

  131. isfd says:

    I just hope she didn’t do this because of other people. You should do plastic surgery only for yourself.

  132. mtm says:

    I always though Renee would eventually look like Dianne Wiest, who I believe still looks fab-so disappointed.

  133. JoJo says:

    I don’t think it was done well because she no longer looks like herself. I agree she’s lost the unique, imperfect qualities that made her recognizable and set her apart from the Hollywood clones. It’s too bad. Looks like she also had cheek fillers (or implants) or something – there’s a lot more fullness in her lower face.

    Look at Demi Moore – no matter how many jokes people make about all her plastic surgery, somehow she still manages to look like herself over the years. Her face is actually a lot less full than it was 10-15 years ago, which is what should be happening as you age. And it actually has normal contours, unlike all these puffed out, balloon faces. Cate Blanchett is another good example of a natural face, although I’m guessing (unlike Demi) that she actually hasn’t had work done. At 45, her face has normal wrinkles and contours (nasolabial folds, etc. – 18-year olds have them, so it’s weird when a 45-year old doesn’t!)

  134. Htizzle says:

    I think this could be a career changer for her, and not in a good way! Renee has always had a very distinctive look. She no longer has it. Yes… some may say she is prettier, but when it comes to being casted, they have so many beautiful woman as options. They would cast Renee because of her talent (obviously) but also her unique and distinctive looks. I predict this will be another case of Jennifer Grey. A woman who went from super successful, to nada after her nose job. She was prettier after the surgery, but she lost her distictive look… and was never cast again!

    • Randall says:

      I think Renee looks amazing before and after.(if she did have work done) She is such a natural kind of woman. It is ironic that people were constantly slamming her for having “squinty eyes” and now they are slamming her for having less squinty eyes. Renee should please herself and ignore others’ comments on her appearance. She is talented, beautiful and by far one of the most down to earth and nicest actresses of her time. The time she spends helping others is commendable. I wish more actors/actresses were as generous,(and she doesn’t brag about it or try to draw attention to herself)

  135. dewi says:

    I think she stopped getting injections in her cheeks and relaxed the brows.

    She actually now looks like how she did before all that surgery. ( Renee circa Jerry Maguire)

  136. mindy says:

    Rene is such a beauty! Great actress too!!