Does Renee Zellweger look like her old self again or does she still look different?

I saw a link on TMZ to this story on Fishwrapper with the title “Yay, Renee Zellweger’s Face is Almost Back!” They used the photo above for this story, which makes Renee look even more altered that she did before. Renee was at a charity event in San Francisco benefitting the UCSF Medical Center. In other recent photos, Renee does look more like the actress we’re used to, which I’ll get to in a moment.

To recap, Renee, 44, emerged last October looking like a different, wider-eyed version of herself. Renee didn’t look plastic or “worked on,” just different than we’re used to. Many people speculated that she’d had an eye lift, maybe a medically necessary one, to open up her eyes and correct eyelid droopiness. Here’s a before and after picture of Renee from around that time.


And here’s a front image of Renee taken on Monday. I do think Fishwrapper is right: Renee looks back to normal-ish in these most recent photos. She’s not as surprised looking and I wouldn’t notice a big difference from how she used to look before.

So what happened? Did Renee get Botox which faded or did she have an eye lift which settled? In my mind there’s no question that she did something. Whatever happened, I doubt Renee is ever going to talk about it. She’s notoriously private and she’s stepped away from the spotlight recently. That may be about to change, though. Renee, who hasn’t been in a film since 2010, is in talks to costar with Daniel Craig in The Whole Truth. Its an indie film described as a “courtroom thriller.” I’d love to see Renee on the big screen again, and it’s nice to see her get her groove back.

Renee in October, 2012:
Renee Zellweger

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  1. wowsa says:

    OH, I was hoping you’d post these pics. She looks 1,000 times better than the last time we saw her. The botox settled, and she looks rested and happy. Love it!

    • Colu says:

      She looks like she could be Cammy D’s mom in the header picture.

    • Decloo says:

      That’s not just botox. She had some real plastic surgery on her eyes and not just an eye lift. I think she looks like a completely different person. Now she pretty much looks like everybody else.

      • LadySlippers says:

        I think cheek implants or something as her cheeks are much plumper.

      • Bella bella says:

        I agree. To me she looks like a completely different person. Nose job? Whatever she did around the eyes. More forehead. Maybe she had one of those mid-face facelifts. Whatever it is, she’s had work done.

      • theNood says:

        I think the brow looks more pronounced because if she had an eye lift they would have gotten rid of excess skin and you can now see the brow bone structure.

    • gg says:

      Not botox in the eyes but definitely eye lift. I see no difference in the rest of her face but maybe a chin implant.

      My mom, dad and I were born with hooded eyes like this. It’s fine until you hit about age 50, when it literally starts to obscure your vision because the skin thins and sags over your eyelashes, and if you leave it alone it gets downright dangerous because you’ve lost over 30% of your vision and a lot of your peripheral vision, at which point, insurance will pay to fix it so you can see to drive. There’s really no avoiding it. Each time my parents got an eye lift they looked freaky for a year or so and then it settles back.

      I have avoided even thinking about doing this myself because I will look not like myself but if I live past 60, I’m afraid it’s going to be a necessity because I don’t want my vision obscured.

  2. V4Real says:

    She is so unrecognizable in that first pic. This is clearly a case of when botox goes horribly wrong.

    • Erinn says:

      Exactly! I had no idea who it was. At least it seems to have settled a bit, but she’s still not Renee.

      • Rockymtnprincess says:

        I didn’t know who it was either…wow. I personally think that besides being unrecognizable she looks great. :)

    • I kind of thought it was Cammy at first glance.

      She looks really really different. I don’t think she looks bad, but I miss her old face.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Me, too Kitten. I loved her “old” face.

      • FLORC says:

        Yea. Not bad, but still not herself.
        I just can’t figure out what she did. A little of everything? She just never struck me as the type who would. She always seemed so comfortable with herself.

      • Liv says:

        Me too, she looks like Cameron Diaz now. I hate when actresses I like do such things to themselves.

      • lucy2 says:

        I too thought Cameron Diaz in that first photo.

    • blue marie says:

      It might be botox but I still think she had something done, like cheeks and eyelids maybe?

      • YuYa says:

        I’ve had botox and my face didn’t completely change like this at all. I looked the same but with less movement between my brows and around my eyes. Renee has had something else done and I can’t put my finger on it. Definitely an eye job and maybe cheek implants and lipo underneath the cheekbones?

      • SB_Sam says:

        She’s also had a chin implant. Look at photos of her back in the “Bridget Jones” day.

        +1 for the eyes (and a brow lift)
        +1 for the cheeks

        I also think she has had a facelift. That can alter a person’s appearance – even if it does eventually settle.

    • Sarah says:

      Yes. If the headline on the home page hadn’t said it was Renee, I would not have recognized her in that pic. In the others, she looks back to normal. I think she must have had some serious issues in recent years and I hope her return to the screen means she’s coming out of it. I’ve always liked her.

      • Mel says:

        Not only does she look unrecognisable (in the first photo only), but she also looks much older than she is. What is the point of Botox, then?
        But it may have been simply a case of bad lighting.

        BTW, I like her, too.

      • mayamae says:

        I thought she was a very haggard looking Jessica Capshaw. I didn’t realize she had been out of the spotlight for so long. Were there rumors of depression?

    • QQ says:

      OMG YOU GUYS!! Had i not read the caption twice that header picture would keep on scrolling, Wtf happened to her?? I still looked for a few minutes thinking: “nahhh the Celebitches got their white tupperware ladies confused, maybe is an old socialite or a weird Real housewife of …”

      • carla says:

        Wow. Agree. I thought, when I saw this: Wow, they made a complete mistake putting some random lady on there, who they said is Renee Zelwegger. THAT’S NOT RENEE ZELWEGGER! Well, yeah she is pretty, but that isn’t the issue. She looks COMPLETELY different.
        And I agree with the logic of the poster above who said she got botox and it did NOT make her look like another person–just less movement. I have seen people with botox and usually they just look frozen with a lot of it, unless it’s really light, like Robin Wright’s, whose face still looks normal.

        The entire face on Renee looks different. Eyes especially–again she looks pretty, but I did a literal double-take when I saw the picture b/c I thought someone had made a mistake in posting this with her name next to it. Maybe she just isn’t like 60 pounds anymore. She looks like she might be more normal weight now–skinny but not bone-like, so maybe that filled out her face.
        It’s just a little strange b/c if you are an actress, people know you by how you look, so if you suddenly have a brand new face, I don’t think this is great for your career, but whatever. Maybe she got tired of squinting and it was actually a medical issue. Too bad, though, that whatever they did took away from her unique look. Staring at her face now, induces confusion.

      • Bella bella says:

        It certainly blew Cher’s brief career as an actress. Meg Ryan. Melanie Griffith. There are lots of actresses who blew their careers because of plastic surgery.

    • gogoGorilla says:

      I think it’s the eye surgery combined with some weight gain–or else maybe she had cheek implants? Her face just looks way more full.

      I still think she’s nearly unrecognizable. You can see traces of her in that one profile shot, but otherwise she looks like a completely different person.

    • Jacqueline says:

      I thought the thumbnail on my phone was Carrie Fischer. Not a good thing…

    • Becky1 says:

      She did way more than get some Botox. Too much Botox can make you look surprised or frozen but it wouldn’t change your features like that. I think she got something surgically done to her eyes at least.

  3. Sarah B says:

    In the thumbnail, I thought she was Cameron Diaz.

  4. Sabrina says:

    She definitely looks more like her old self compared to the photos in October 2013.

  5. Jaded says:

    She looks like she’s put on some much needed weight too, she was looking awfully boney there for a while.

  6. BendyWindy says:

    The first picture doesn’t look anything like Renee to me. Not her original looks, or her look from last fall. It looks like someone else entirely.

  7. Cecilia says:

    I think she still looks totally different. Maybe she was using Botox all along & has finally stopped. She looks like a cross between Heidi Klum & Cameron Diaz.

    • ella says:

      That’s it! I totally get the Heidi Klum vibe from that top photo.

    • Esmom says:

      I tend to agree. For a long time she looked so heavily Botoxed that to me she had become unrecognizable. That puckered mouth, squinty-eyed Renee was not the Renee of Jerry McGuire and Cold Mountain. I always thought maybe Nicole Kidman had influenced her Botoxy ways since they were pals around the time she started changing her looks.

      Granted she’s older now but this current “version” of her looks more like her old “original” self to me.

      • Cecilia says:

        Hi Esmom…I arrived at the conclusion that she STOPPED using Botox/fillers because she now looks more aged — her face has drooped. Botox nine times out of ten makes you look younger & filled out. She was using heavily for quite a while — you could tell. Now she has stopped. She might have had her upper eyelids done & stopped with the Botox. That’s what I see…nothing else.

  8. AG-UK says:

    In the first photo she doesn’t look like herself. Also she has the smoooooooooooothest forehead ever ala Nicole Kidman.

  9. Red32 says:

    I thought she was Cameron Diaz in the top picture, but she does look much more like her old self in the others.

  10. Delta Juliet says:

    So, who is in the header shot? Because that woman doesn’t look like any actress I’m familiar with. In the other shots, Renee is looking a bit more like she used to.

  11. DesertReal says:

    Eye lift, fillers (along the cheekbone/laugh line area), and definitey a peel of some kind. She has that mirror/pulled to the max look Kidman favors, only slightly less waxy.
    *shakes angry fist*

    • kibbles says:

      She’s ONLY 44 years old. She’s not young but she’s not old either. She has the money to treat herself well, eat healthy, and exercise daily. There is no need for her to go this route of changing her face. Sure, she was never gorgeous but she didn’t need to be in order to become famous. Her old face made her famous and now all of a sudden she decides to change the shape of her eyes, get fuller lips, cheek augmentation, and who knows what else done to her face?? These women scare the hell out of me! I didn’t think growing old would be so bad but these women are clearly scared of looking at their older selves in the mirror.

      • carla says:

        Yeah, this is a good point. What I was saying about being a “brand” as an actor, which means your facial appearance is important for whatever people associate it with when they look at you.

        She is attractive, but like you said, not like Catherine Zeta Jones or something, (who, while stunning has messed with her face so much, that she too, now looks odd and she has actually diminished her beauty) so doing all that, especially at 44 is not going to really work in her favor except to make people stare at her face and be distracted. Like Nicole Kidman, who is exquisitely beautiful, and has ruined this by tampering so much with skin bleaching, botox, and weird lip enhancements, which ruined her delicate look. That’s another thing–all these actresses who try to look like Jolie. If your face is tiny and delicate, thin lips usually complement this. Having a pair of giant smackers on your face instead just looks off. She looked better with thin lips–(Nicole and Renee)

  12. Chrissy says:

    Wow, I only took a glance at the top picture at first and my impression was that it was a picture of a budget Cameron Diaz.. I was never a Zellweger fan and if she decided to just go away again I wouldn’t be upset.

  13. Branvoyage says:

    My god her hair and makeup game needs HELP. I looked this unkempt at the grocery store yesterday and was slightly embarrassed. I think she could look much better if these things were taken care of.

    • Ash says:

      She seriously needs to wax/thread/pluck whatever suits her fancy and fix those hideous eyebrows. They are BAD.

  14. Pants says:

    I really didn’t recognize her in the header photo. Like, at all. But in the follow up photo from the same event that came later in the post, I recognized her. I don’t think she looks bad at all but definitely different!

  15. Nicolette says:

    I would not have known it was her from that first picture.

  16. Heather says:

    I actually think she looks really good now!

  17. Sullivan says:

    I look forward to seeing her on the big screen again. She’s a talented actress.

  18. shannon says:

    Judge away, but I think she looks absolutely horrible in every single one of these pics. She was so cute in Jerry Maguire. Not sure why she could have taken the natural route. Anything would be better than this!!

  19. Virgilia Coriolanus says:

    See, this is how BAD I am at telling plastic surgery–she doesn’t look any different to me.

    • Reece says:

      Neck and cleavage is always a good tell. There’s nothing that can be done to either. So you may see a woman with a shiny(another tell) new face and boobs shown off but their neck and cleavage look like leather.

      • SB_Sam says:

        You can get a neck lift and laser the cleavage area. I’ve known people who have done that and they look amazing.

  20. Stephanie says:

    I watched her in White Oleander the other day. It made me miss her old face. :(

  21. GiGi says:

    I thought we had agreed she’d probably done the blepharplasty to remove her upper eyelid droop. At her age, it was probably medically necessary as it can have a lot of side effects. This hooded eye runs in my husband’s family and while they’re gorgeous, as one becomes older and the skin loses elasticity, it has to be removed because it can cause eye infections, vision problems, etc.

    Aside from that, I think she’s probably got a pretty serious skin regimen – I’m guessing we’re seeing a lot of lasers – I don’t think fillers for her, though.

    • Chicago Girl says:

      Her eyes were alway very hooded, and from what I’ve heard, time and gravity can make a moderate situation problematic. I can understand both the medical and cosmetic reasons for this surgery. Her eyes do look a little brighter and more expressive.

  22. Reinvent says:

    In the thumbnail pic, she looks like Sonia from Real Housewives of NY…

  23. GeeMoney says:

    I don’t know if I’m the only one… but I think her eye lid lift looks great.

  24. LahdidahBaby says:

    If you look closely at the first pic, you can see that she had an upper-eyelid blepharoplasry. Before that surgery, there was no definition and her upper lids had a puffy look; now her eyes appear more sculpted and deep-set. It’s not that it looks bad–imo it looks good–it’s just that that one detail, seemingly small, completely changes her appearance, which could be a problem for any actress, since her future in film depends on recognizability. It also appeared that she had some general facial resculpting, a la fillers and maybe Botox, at that same time, but that result has relaxed, whike the change in her eyes is permanent.

  25. eliza says:

    I love Renee. Watched Nurse Betty last night.

  26. Mandy says:

    Yeah, she definitely had an eyelift and it has now settled. I think she looks great!

  27. Mia4S says:

    …I seriously thought you had posted the wrong picture. Without the caption I never would have guessed. I feel a bit sick with what actresses feel they need to do to themselves. It’s her right but…geez.

  28. kibbles says:

    The three photos of Renee at the Fishwrapper website look dreadful. I couldn’t help but laugh when I went to that website. Look at her different faces. It looks God awful:

    • carla says:

      Wow. So she had cheek implants, too. They look like Madonna’s weird ones–just not quite as bad since Madonna is so gaunt. Yeah, it’s definitely not the eye thing alone. It’s that in conjunction with everything else. That was a bad move. I really liked her old face.

  29. NeNe says:

    WTF happened to her face?? She liked kind of cute before. Now she is totally unrecognizable.

  30. nan says:

    It looks like she had an eye-lift. She probably got really tired of being called “Squinty” all over the Internet, do ya think? People get out of control online and forget that they’re talking about someone real.

  31. Evi says:


  32. Nroth Wset says:

    Went to the surgeon looked at some pics and said: i want to look like Diaz, C. The doc did his best

  33. MissNostalgia says:

    What is going on with her career??? It does not appear that she is working these days. That is a shame; Hollywood is totally unforgiving to actresses over 40. It is good to see Cate Blachett, Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts and a few others still getting decent gigs.

    • GeeMoney says:

      She could just be taking a break… you ever know.

    • mercy says:

      She always struck me as a very sensitive, kind, gentle woman. People with those qualities don’t always thrive in her business. She seemed to be obsessively working out at one point, and cycled through a few serious relationships that didn’t go anywhere. Maybe she needed a break. I know she was very close to her parents. I hope they are doing ok, and her relationship with Doyle Bramhall is still going strong. Speaking of which, while checking up on them I saw these pics of her leaving a dermatologist’s office…

  34. Liberty says:

    There’s another Bridget Jones movie on the horizon. They may not do the “baby” one Fielding wrote and instead it looks like they’ll jump on the story line in the recent book about Bridget and her post-Darcy dating life.

    So, she may be getting ready for that in addition to having the surgery she needed for her eye issue. Just a guess.

    Ed: Here’s one old link about this that I could find –

    but WHOOPS — then there’s this hinting at NO movie on the horizon with RZ, due to bad blood between Renee and Fielding:

  35. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    Botox and restylane? She should just try witch hazel – instead of washing the face apply witch hazel to a make up pad and wipe off the dirt – no need to rinse. Use in the morning – it tightens the pores. Great stuff.

    • Cecilia says:

      I love witch hazel. I also love organic apple cider vinegar for use as a cleanser/toner.

    • mercy says:

      Watch out for the alcohol. Many brands of witch hazel contain it and it can be very harsh on the skin.

      My favourite over-the-counter skin care products for minimizing pores and reducing breakouts are moisturizers and cleansers with Retinols or AHA’s, or gentle exfoliant scubs in lieu of the retinols and AHA’s (not ones with jagged pieces that can tear skin, like those apricot seed scrubs). Ingredients like tumeric, allantoin, cucumber, and oats are good for reducing redness.

  36. Happy21 says:

    Holy CRAP! That doesn’t even look like her in the header photo. I never in a million years would have guessed. WTF did she do to herself? I didn’t find her attractive to begin with but THIS! How will she ever make a movie again?!!

  37. kr says:

    The first picture looks like Cameron Diaz mixed with Helena Christensen to me.

  38. Nelly says:

    Kind of looks like SJP Sarah Jessica Parker. They cut the fat dorm her eye lids

  39. Kelly says:

    She looks 50 years old all of a sudden. I don’t know if it’s the procedure or her aging, but something’s so off and weird about the way she looks, it makes me sad and scared.
    Proof that even successful, rich, beautiful people aren’t immune to self-esteem issues and stupidity.

  40. Hot Farts says:

    I can tell you exactly what she has done. She has had the rosacea on her face lasered, she had some lipo on her face, she had her eyes done and she has added hair extensions and golden hair color and pulled her hair back. She always had that horrible, mousy blonde, stick straight thin to the point of balding hair hanging in her face. Now she looks like a woman instead of a rashy tomboy

  41. CatJ says:

    Plucking those out-of-control eyebrows may help the “lift” she thinks she needed.

  42. Sumodo1 says:

    Good for Squinty!

  43. JuJuJen says:

    She definitely had her eyes done and she gained some much needed weight! She looks good! :-) I always thought she was way too skinny when she wasn’t doing her Bridgette Jones movies.

  44. Anna says:

    She had an eyelift? I mean she used to be the posterchild for hooded eyes, you can now see her lid.

  45. roxy750 says:

    It’s called getting older people. It happens to all of us and it sucks.

    • pantalones en fuego says:

      Haha. +1. Don’t hate on people having procedures done until your are close to the 40 mark yourself.

  46. stinky says:

    her eyelids may not be hooded anymore, but her eyes looks like theyve recessed into her skull. its NOT a good look. sorry.

  47. Moec1 says:

    I have almond shaped eyes and am only 31. The upper part of my lid has started to sag and I hate it! I think what she had done looks good! Can’t say I blame her!

  48. Hannah says:

    I still don’t think she is recognizable as Renee Zellweger at all. I’m going to email this pic to my 5 best celeb gossip buds and see if they know it’s her. Re the first getty image – Is she getting surgery to try and look like Jennifer Lawrence?

  49. mercy says:

    Probably several small tweaks, surgical and non, that done all at once on a person with some delicate features altered her looks significantly. She needs to let her eyebrows grow back in, wear her hair down, and lay off the botox and fillers completely for awhile until everything settles so there is something familiar left.

  50. LaurieH says:

    When I looked at the top picture, I thought it was Nicolette Sheridan.

  51. Anguishedcorn says:

    I still can’t tell it’s her in the very first picture, even after you identified her. I can though in the full-front picture.

    She simply has the most unpleasant smile of anyone I’ve ever seen.

  52. mary simon says:

    Jennifer Gray syndrome. She’s removed her quirky charm. Now she’s just another “face”. Not even just another “pretty face”. Just a face.

  53. dorothy says:

    Love her. Miss seeing her in films.

  54. Kudzuqueen says:

    She has hooded eyelids. So do I. It becomes medically necessary around our age because you simply cannot see! You lose your peripheral vision. Insurance pays for it 100%.

  55. Shelby says:

    In the last pic she looks like shes in pain just trying to smile

  56. Sue says:

    She looks more sophisticated. Before, she looked girlish – now she looks more womanly. Although, I do concede she looks older.

  57. Sue says:

    Looking more closely at the pictures, I realize she definitely had a forehead lift. If you look at the size of her forehead and her hairline in both pictures, you will see her forehead appears slightly larger with the hairline pushed back in the newer picture.

  58. boo says:

    find some damn tweezers already!

  59. Hissyfit says:

    Wtf? I thought it was some kind of a joke. Damn! That first photo doesn’t even look like her!

  60. A Fan says:

    If ya gotta ask ‘who is that’, then ‘who is that’ has had some plastic-face done.

    [Guess what I asked after looking at the first picture...]

  61. Naddie says:

    She looks hideous in all the pics. Her face’s never been pretty, but now it lost its particularities.

  62. LAK says:

    I know this is hollywood, but it still surprises me that I expect some sort of authenticity from some inhabitants. Renee succumbing to cosmetic procedures makes me sad.

  63. Palermo says:

    First photo is completely unrecognizable. Not a good thing if you are “famous”

  64. rlh says:

    I can’t blame her. There is not much one can do with sqinty eyes. I would love to live in a world where everyone loved themselves just as they are. I struggle with that. But if I had the sqinty eyes (Rimes, Cibrian, Zellweger) I would save for the surgery. It is just not attractive.

  65. Santolina says:

    I liked her original eyes and face. She had a distinctive look that’s gone, now. RIP, Renee’s face. :-(

  66. John says:

    She’s morphing into older JLaw.

  67. Ravensdaughter says:

    If you’re tweaking, don’t go back there, Renee. She was/is a good enough actress that her looks aren’t so much the focus of her roles. She never really put herself out there as a beauty (see Nicole Kidman) although she did have a red carpet thing going for awhile; but that’s more a body issue-being fit.
    The eye surgery for her eyelid issue seems okay-she always did look like a chipmunk. Maybe as she ages she may have some vision issues-I know my eyes have gone to hell since I turned 40 because of an issue with the muscles around one eye.

  68. melain says:

    I saw the pic and post about Ralph Fiennes. He looks very different from when I last saw him. It struck me that neither the story nor the comments about him had anything to do with the way he looks, but rather what he said and what he thinks.