Renee Zellweger says motherhood “has never been an ambition” for her


This is the new cover from Renee Zellweger’s photo shoot for the November issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK. She looks… stunning. And I had no idea who it was. Isn’t the idea to look like a more stunning version of yourself? Maybe it’s the black-and-white that is throwing me off – most of Renee’s photo shoots are usually in color. Also, Renee gave some interesting quotes in a recent interview, and I think this may be from her Harper’s interview. Apparently, Renee wants to tell all of those bump-watchers and busy-bodies (me) to back off. She says that motherhood “has never been an ambition” for her and that she doesn’t care if she ever becomes a mother: “I never had expectations like… ‘When I’m 19 I’m going to have done this, and by the time I’ve hit 25 I’m going to have done that.’” Golf applause for Renee – if she really said this, then good for her. I love when celebrity women simply talk about their lack of desire for the Mini-van dream. Renee and Cameron Diaz get an A-plus.

Anyway, there’s some interesting gossip floating around about Renee these days. Like this rumor, that is picking up steam: Renee in The Hangover 2? Could be:

Hollywood star Renee Zellweger is reportedly in talks to take on a role in boyfriend Bradley Cooper”s new movie ”The Hangover 2”.

The 41-year-old actress, who is believed to have been dating the actor since last year, is interested in taking on a role in the sequel to the hugely popular comedy, Contactmusic reported.

“Renee loves the first movie and this just gives her and Brad a reason to hang out together on set. The funny thing is Renee looks like playing a girl the guys meet and one of them has a one-night-stand with her – only it’’s not Brad’’s character!” said a source.

[From MSN]

Eh. And apparently the sequel takes place in Thailand. Yeah… because this is Bridget Jones 2. Right?!? But it might be the kind of career re-boot that Renee needs – Movieline made up a list of 7 Ways Renee Can Reclaim Her A-list Standing. One of the suggestions is to talk a funny quest spot in a comedy television show – but I think a supporting part in a comedy sequel film would qualify too.

Renee Zellweger, Oscar winning actress and girlfriend of Bradley Cooper, was seen leaving her hair salon in Melrose Place, CA on September 30th, 2010. The usually subdued actress sported sunglasses and listened to her MP3 player while also smiling for the photogs. Fame Pictures, Inc

Photo by: Jackson Lee/ 2010 5/3/10 Renee Zellweger at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala. (NYC) Photo via Newscom

May 03, 2010 - New York, New York, U.S. - Actress RENEE ZELLWEGER attends the Metropolitan's Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit for the opening of the new exhibit 'American Woman: Fashioning A National Identity. © Red Carpet Pictures

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  1. mercy says:

    Jeez … I bet even I could be on the cover of Bazaar magazine.

  2. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    Renee does look stunning. I like to have a plan and to me its important to have an idea where you wanna go in life. So I don’t mind when women say they wanna accomplish something at a certain age. I like women with goals.

    I also like Renee’s dress in these pictures.

  3. Jazz says:

    She’s always posing so hard, it looks painful.

  4. Katie says:

    I think Hangover 2 is going to suck. It will make me sad if it does. I was so pleasantly surprised by the first one. They should have just left it at that.

  5. marge says:

    her lips look weird ion the cover… like they belonged to another picture -frontal one- and just pasted it. And the neck looks ridiculously long.
    Not to bash on her; I just hate bad photoshop from people who are supposed to be pro’s at it.

  6. gigi* says:

    I agree with jazz..she doesn’t look normal to me!

  7. Just a Poster says:

    Why she looks rather wided eyed for her doesn’t she.

    Katie I agree. I loved the first one, and I just don’t know if lightning can strike twice.

  8. Rita says:

    I applaud her for recognizing her lack of interest in being a mom. In most women, the instinct to be a mom is a driving force, ergo(spell) all of us. If you ain’t got it, don’t do it.

  9. mln says:

    I actually think she always said she didn’t want kids etc. etc. even way back when Jerry Maguire came out. I actually liked her until she ruined her face and got too skinny.

  10. Persistent Cat says:

    At formal events, she never fails.

    Having a baby has never been something I’ve wanted either.

  11. Liana says:

    She’s so nice and in person, with minimal makeup, she’s actually quite pretty.

  12. tekla says:

    she’s a stunning woman, I just don’t get why does she have to do that “I just ate a lemon” face when she’s on the red carpet… on the everyday photos she doesn’t have that face on. it’s quite ridicilous.

  13. Kitten says:

    I like a woman who’s self-worth isn’t defined by breeding. Good for her.

  14. hatuh says:

    Wow, for a minute I thought that was me on the cover.

  15. brin says:

    I like her quirkiness and I applaud her for being honest about not wanting to be a mom. she looks beautiful.

  16. Tess says:

    Self knowledge and self acceptance are muy importante.

    Anyhoo, she strikes me as a tad tightly wrapped for motherhood.

  17. maggiegrace says:

    Hatuh: funny. I want to see her new rack.

  18. Moi says:

    I’ve always liked her so much and think she looks beautiful on the cover. She seems like such a sweetheart.

  19. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    I wanted 2 kids, wound up with one and that is fine with me. We should never define ourselves with how many kids we have or not. I like it when an actress steps up and says.. no thank you. Then you know they have thought it over. I no longer want a second child. A 10 yr old is just fine!

  20. maggiegrace says:

    Personally, I’ve always admired women who knew that they weren’t cut out to be mothers, and never became one. On the other hand, it seems sort of self-serving that these post-reproductive aged actresses are saying, “oh, I just never wanted to be a mother….” Or maybe I’m just contradicting myself, I dunno….

  21. Praise St. Angie! says:

    yeah, yeah…admiration…blah blah blah…

    just ONCE I’d like to hear a female celebrity respond to that question with “whether or not I procreate, or whether or not I want to, is NOBODY’S business but mine and the man I may or may not have children with”.

    how come male celebs with no kids are never asked this question?!

    (yeah, I’m aware that only women can actually carry a baby, but the question is still inherently sexist.)

  22. hstl1 says:

    @maggiegrace – I am 43 and I don’t want children. I think people in Hollywood are afraid they will get torn to shreds for saying it. I have always thought that there is MAYBE a 1% chance that I would like to have a child. And that just isn’t good enough, I would be doing the child a disservice. I applaud both breeders and non-breeders for knowing what is the right choice for you as an individual.

  23. Kitten says:

    @MaggieGrace-I’m sure she has enough money and means to afford fertility treatments if she wanted them.

  24. maggiegrace says:

    @Kitten – True. Or just fake a pregnancy and then pick up a ready-made baby ala the Travoltas.

  25. Anti-icon says:

    I’m glad she came out and said it–that she doesn’t want children. That is HUGE in Hollyweird to feel free enough to say it.

    I still think this “relationship” with Bradley Cooper is a fauxmance.

    Bridget Jones ROCKED and she was great, great, great in it.

  26. SammyHammy says:

    Not a fan of squinty’s but good on her for knowing what she does and does not want. I’m 45, married over 20 years and child free by choice. I’ll acknowledge that there are things I’ve missed out on by not having kids, but there are things that I never would have been able to do if I did have them. My hubby and I prefer a “pick up and go” lifestyle and after watching my brother and his wife stress and struggle to raise their children, I realized it just wasn’t for me. But I AM the world’s coolest aunt…my nieces will vouch for that in a second!

  27. danielle says:

    I also applaud her for saying that. I do wish she’d stop her obsession with being skinny and high fashion hot tho. She looks so much better without the “lemon face” someone else commented on earlier.

  28. Rosanna says:

    Good for her! It’s about time women stop being defined AND define themselves (in a good or a bad way) by their womb.

  29. TQB says:

    @Praise, I’m with you – I want this question shoved in the face of Men of a Certain Age as often as it is in their female co-stars.

  30. Taurus says:

    Amen Renee! Just because you have a womb that doesnt mean you have to bear children. I’m only 27 and I know that I don’t want children. Raising kids nowadys is a tough job whether you’re a single parent or married. Society seems to no longer have a moral compass these days and I would never want to bring kids into it.

  31. MuMu says:

    I admire her honesty. Same goes with Cameron Diaz and the others who admit that it’s not for them.

    The childless by choice people need some representation. Not everyone wants kids, and it’s nice that people are discussing it maturely in the press. I remember a lady came out and talked about this on CNN. The reaction to her was ugly from some viewers. They said, “what’s wrong with you” and “you’re not a real woman.” It really pissed me off.

    And, I do remember people were asking George Clooney about getting married and having kids A LOT when he was younger. In fact, Michelle Pfeiffer told the press that she bet him he would get married and have kids before a certain age. She obviously lost that one. The press is no longer interested as he’s been pretty blunt about his life. People still ask him if he’s going to marry Elizabetta though. So he gets it too. Not as much as the girls, but it’s there.

  32. JC126 says:

    She’s not “post reproductive”. She’s 41.

  33. hmm says:

    Wow, she is hard to look at now. She was so cute in Jerry Maguire too. Looks better with her eyes closed.

  34. RHONYC says:

    i bet she’s a super-fun auntie. 🙂

  35. di butler says:

    I still love Squints. She’s a fun actress who doesn’t seem to take herself as seriously as some **cough**Nicole Kidman**cough***.

  36. KateNonymous says:

    I have a daughter I wanted and adore, and I COMPLETELY understand why some people don’t want kids. And more power to everyone who knows that about themselves.

  37. Stephanie says:

    Personally I think she looks better with longer hair and a few more pounds on her. Her have looks strangely angular when she’s this thin.

  38. Stephanie says:

    *face* not have. Don’t know where that came from!

  39. dana says:

    lying cack – she really wants one. She would give her right bicep for a reputable zygote. It’s like those women that say ‘I really don’t care for Louis Vouitton (sp)’ …bitch shut up! if someone gave you one you’d be over the moon!

  40. Aqua says:

    Their is a growing trend nowadays for married couples not to have children for whatever their reason may be I find the question “when will you have kids so intrusive truth be told it’s no ones business,and I do appreciate her being honest and it may have been something that R & BC may have discussed at some point. Men do get that question,George Clooney gets that question every time he’s in a relationship with someone.”when are you going to get married”?”Are you going to have kids?” truth be told weather a man or a women gets asked these questions it’s nobody’s business.

  41. The Hamm is My Dream Man says:

    I agree with Praise. I’m just annoyed by the constant questions about it. It’s no one’s business. At all. She shouldn’t feel any kind of pressure to answer questions about it.

    Great for her for not being afraid to tell it like it is but it still annoys me that people feel the need to be all up in someone’s womb like that.

  42. Sally says:

    @dana: I really don’t care for Louis Vuitton, and I don’t want kids either 😉

  43. LindaR says:

    She looks stunned not stunning. I see that in one of the pics she is trying to keep her eyes from squinting.

  44. archiepelago says:

    I actually love her for saying this because it spawns an interesting debate and this thread has some intelligent, thoughtful answers about the child question. I’m married, we have a nice house, money in the bank and yet I don’t want children. I actually had someone say to me once ‘but you have a house and money – you SHOULD be having children’. Umm, eh?

    I have lost friends because of the no kids thing – they think there’s something wrong with me. Maybe I’ll steal their husband. People assume I must have had an effed up childhood or that I’m infertile. No. I don’t want kids and I’m okay with that.

  45. texasmom says:

    I have two planned and wanted kids and I *LOVE* being a mom, but now that I know how much work they are I totally respect someone NOT wanting to do this! If you can’t throw yourself whole-heartedly at parenting you aren’t doing anyone any favors having kids.

  46. Lori says:

    Weird how she is accused of being a beard for Kenny Chesney and then Brad! Frankly, she seems mysterious to me…

  47. Amy says:

    Breeders? Whoever coined that word must have some sort of womb-envy.

  48. Wanda says:

    There are a whole lot of woman out there who shouldn’t of had kids. It is more of a status symbol and the nannies spend more time with the children than their mother.

  49. Darlene says:

    Wow! I am amazed at the number of women expressing the fact that have never wanted to have and/or don’t want to have children. I’m curious to know how you would feel if your own mom(s) had shared that view? I guess it’s lucky for you that she/they felt differently about the subject. So, are you saying that you wish you were never born? Because otherwise, where would you be?

  50. Brandy says:

    RE: Darlene

    If my mother had decided to be childfree, I obviously wouldn’t be here. I feel that the matter is moot. I simply wouldn’t exist. What is pertinent is the fact that my mother *did* in fact want a child. I don’t think there’s anything worse than not wanting them, but having them anyway. Sounds like an excellent recipe for bitterness and resentment. I don’t understand those who critize the childfree. There are more than enough people here as it is and certainly enough unwanted children. Not all of us think that we’re extra special and that our genetic material *must* be passed on. The world is not going to suffer for lack of my progeny-quite the contrary, IMO.

  51. Heather says:

    She has that face because of her Sami lineage, she didn’t get a botched face lift or anything. Just google ‘Sami people’ and you’ll see what I mean.

    I swear, some of you are way too harsh.

  52. Sue says:

    I guess that’s why she won’t be having children in this lifetime…that’s one way to announce it anyway. I get beaten up by my family for not having children. I guess you are supposed to have a child with or without a suitable male partner. Or just get pregnant by some random guy never to be heard of again, or better yet someone that you have to divorce in a couple years due to incompatibility. Whatever. My mom didn’t want me and now I’m here, filled with her bitterness and anger. There is no way I would bring another child onto the planet to experience that dysfunction. But that’s because I’m selfish, or so I’ve been told.

  53. Johnthing says:

    Oh, she’s a squinter. She and LeAnn Rimes were separated at birth.

  54. anon says:

    well I TOTALLY don’t care for Louis Vuitton! its all brown and gold… ugh

  55. Cletus says:

    @ Heather (number 51)- I am glad you posted what you did because I DID go look it up and that was interesting. Of course, I only did Wikipedia so I got the hella-condensed version, but still. Seriously, thanks!

  56. trollydolly says:

    What an odd argument – because my Mother had me, I should have a child too?
    I’m 39, very happily married for 9 years, and thrilled to be child free. I knew when I was 7 years old I didn’t want to be a Mother.
    If more women actually listened to themselves rather than societal pressure to reproduce there wouldn’t be quite so many unwanted, unloved, neglected and effed up kids around.

  57. Westcoaster says:

    Why is the media so interested in when a female celebrity will become a mother? I am more interested in what their next acting or singing project will be rather than talking about their womb

  58. OhCamille! says:

    @SammyHamm: Your comment freaked me out! I could have written your post….same here, same here….but I’m 47 – (only difference)
    Wow! just Wow!

    and I use “child free by choice” as well

  59. RHONYC says:

    i don’t like that it seems that most people have/use children to ‘evolve’ into better people, or to live vicariously through them.

    “my baby saved me from being a druggie”

    “my kid is a star quarterback, like his dad was”

    “my baby made me a real woman”

    “my bleh, ble, blah!”


    having a child or being a great parent does not make you a better person. underneath you could still be a terrible human being.

    giving of yourself to someone your are biologically bound to isn’t some great noble thing.

    giving of yourself to perfect strangers in need, and not looking for anything in return (like ‘unconditional love’)…yeah, well that just might up your totals on the karmic scale.

    you make you a better person.



  60. nnn says:


    I don’t agree with you at all. Motherhood, falling in love will give most people a new perspactive about life and usually a tremendous motivation to mature, get less self centered (which is a move towards being better) or fight their problems (hello Nicole Richie, Johnny Depp, ect) because the love they have for their child or new love is the trigger for them to work at becoming a better person to deserve the respect those people they love more than their own life.

    Most people want to become better when they meet a new love or have children.

    There is nothing wrong with them and nothing wrong with telling it. People actually often tell those things publicly, that since they became a mother, a father, they became a better person…that their children change them for the better which is often the case….just in terms of patience, forgiveness, ect…

  61. Titan says:

    She’s not exactly what I’d call pretty…she always looks tense and uptight for some reason…but that cover is beautiful…and as for having kids and the whole picket fence thing? I can honestly say I never thought about it…until I married the love of my life and had a beautiful baby boy…and I guess it all changed.

  62. Wif says:

    Let’s not forget that having a Hollywood baby isn’t like having a normal child. When my kids grow up they will be normal (if I’m lucky) people with hobbies and friends. When Hollywood babies grow up they get reality shows and sell out their parents in scandalous autobiographies because the media has given them a warped perspective of their importance in the world.

    I ADORE my children. And being a mom is pretty much the only thing that I’m really good at, but I would never have kids if I was Zellweger either.

  63. CB Rawks says:

    Darlene, you’re a puzzle. Just because a woman has a womb does not mean she is obligated to use it. How can you even think that way? What about the rights of the individual? Everyone wants different things in life, sorry to educate you.
    Men were created by parents too. Does that mean you get upset if one of them has a wet dream and their swimmers go to waste? See how I didn’t mention deliberate masturbation, that’s because I didn’t want you to go all vigilante about the wasted sperm.

  64. CB Rawks says:

    @Sue, totally with you. My mum should never have had any children, she did it only because society expected it.

  65. Pirouette says:

    Darlene, you need to really think about the “point” you are trying to make. It is by far the most ridiculous thing I have heard in a very long time.

    Sometimes, its comments like that that make me rethink my addiction to Celebitchy. Sometimes, it just makes me sad.

  66. bunny wabba says:

    when you’re growing up everyone says,”someday when you’re a mother-” it doesn’t have to be that way. i am not interested in bringing a person into this world who i have to raise and be totally responsible for. all the years of tedious chores, stress and financial strain…i’ll take a pass. meanhwile, renee needs to learn how to pose. it always looks so forced and tragic.

  67. KristyLynn says:

    If I looked like this woman I wouldn’t want to reproduce either, she always looks like she is sucking on a lemon.