Renee Zellweger wears Emilia Wickstead, talks harassment & Harvey Weinstein

Renee Zellweger arrives at the European premiere of "Judy"

Here are some photos of Renee Zellweger at the London premiere of Judy this week. She wore an Emilia Wickstead dress which had the same vibe as a lot of those Carolina Herrera dresses Renee used to wear. She definitely goes for the same kind of look, the same kind of cut. She looked beautiful at the premiere and I loved her rainbow umbrella! But yeah, she also looks different, although she will word-salad us to death if we say anything about how she looks tweaked.

I still can’t believe that Judy is getting such good reviews and that Renee is now considered a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination, if not the actual Best Actress Oscar. It feels like this could be another Rami Malek situation, where we’re just giving Oscars to randos in okay bio-pics of beloved musical figures. Judy has already opened (in a limited release) here in the US, and it’s already making good money per-theater. Obviously, people really want to see Renee as Judy Garland. And… that’s a choice, and not one I’m going to make.

Renee’s press for Judy has been all over the place too – I tried reading her Guardian interview, but she once again did the word-salad sh-t about her face work and I’m just exhausted that we’re still framing it as “how dare people notice how different I look!” I also think Renee needs some help with how she talks about Harvey Weinstein, the man who was her professional collaborator for years and helped make her into the actress she is today, and the man who used her name as he harassed and assaulted other women. From the Guardian interview:

Zellweger was also dragged into #MeToo. As part of the ongoing class-action lawsuit, actor Melissa Sagemiller claimed that Harvey Weinstein told her that Zellweger and Charlize Theron had given “sexual favours” for roles. There was a robust response from the Zellweger camp: “If Harvey said that, he’s full of sh-t.” (Though Zellweger says she didn’t personally put out a statement about it.)

Regarding what Weinstein is alleged to have said about her, Zellweger says: “I did hear about that, yes.” Generally speaking, did Zellweger have any bad experiences in the industry? “Never directly in that way. But, you know, there were certain behaviours that I would tolerate because I had a job to do, and I was more interested in getting through the day than in correcting someone, certainly. They weren’t offences of the variety that you’re referencing. But there were certain languages and liberties that certain people would take. But they would take them from anyone, in my estimation, not just me as a woman. But I’m sure there were countless instances that I was not aware of – in terms of deals that were made and conversations that were had, that were derogatory, that I was not privy to. Sure. Of course. I’d be naive to think that I was immune.”

[From The Guardian]

So… she doesn’t want to talk about Weinstein, which is absolutely her right. In interviews, she either shuts down those questions curtly or she goes on and on about how she is sure that someone was sexist somewhere at some point but she was never aware of it. Which is also her right – if she wants to deflect like that, it’s her call. But now I can’t help but wonder why she’s f–king reticent to just say “yes I was mistreated” or “no I was never directly harassed” or “Harvey is a f–king pig and that’s all I want to say about it.” It actually feels like she’s trying to talk around the fact that she still feels some loyalty towards him.

Renee Zellweger arrives at the European premiere of "Judy"

Renee Zellweger arrives at the European premiere of "Judy"

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. Valiantly Varnished says:

    I don’t get that feeling at all. It sounds like she simply didn’t want to go into detail about anything. Which is her right. And frankly Im sick of women being asked about this dude. If something DID happen she has the right not to want to share that. And if nothing happened that doesn’t negate anything that happened to his victims. She sounds more like she is trying to be diplomatic to them because perhaps she wasn’t on the receiving end of his abuse and it would be gross of her to speak on their experiences.

    • Mignionette says:

      She is trying to protect herself in a dumpster fire of an industry.

      Even though Weinstein is the predator, it still leaves a bad odour around the women he assaulted if too much detail gets out.

      Sadly that is generally the way things transpire when men abuse women. There are always whispers from some quarters of ‘she must have done something to encourage him’. It’s disgusting and needs to change.

  2. hoopjumper says:

    To me it reads like she was subject to shitty behavior but is reluctant to lump it in with behavior that more clearly qualifies as sexual harassment. I think that’s what she might be getting at with “not just me as a woman”. Someone yelling at her, or patronizing her, or something along those lines.

  3. Bookworm1858 says:

    I saw Judy last night and it made me sad that Renee might get a win playing Judy when Judy herself never won one (and I do think she was robbed for A Star is Born!)

  4. Valerie says:

    I’d call her response cautious. I think a lot of women in the industry can relate to just grinning and bearing the things they witness but may not be directly subjected to in order to keep their jobs. If you push back even slightly, you risk getting blacklisted as difficult, or more plainly, a bitch. It happened to women Weinstein worked with and then assaulted, namely Annabella Sciorra. She continued to work, just not in blockbuster movies. Her career might have been different if he hadn’t (allegedly) put out the word that she was ‘difficult’ – this is what she speculates, and I have to agree, so I don’t blame Renee for being vague.

  5. lucy2 says:

    Love the umbrella.
    I don’t really have an issue with what she said. Each woman should be able to speak about their own experiences as they see fit, word salad-y as it is.
    Renee always strikes me as a pretty private person, and one who isn’t really comfortable talking to the media. I’m not surprised she’s keeping her comments sort of vague and generic.

  6. Jequill says:

    Saw the trailer, the make up is good but goddamn I would have loved to see Marisa Tomei as Judy, I always saw similarities between those two.

  7. Meg says:

    I’m sorry Renee zellweger is not ‘some rando’

  8. Senator Fan says:

    I agree with the other commenters, Renee sounds like she just doesn’t want to publicly get into the conversation regarding Weinstein. Which is her prerogative and she may have well had a different experience then others. But to not talk about the elephant in the room, her face, is weird. I mean to me she should just own it. Admit you had work done and move along.

  9. MrsPanda says:

    Just to annoy Renee, I’ll focus primarily on her face :) She looks beautiful, and back to herself! Her eyes are back to their original look, before the 2014 drastic change. She’s had some tweaks but it’s more subtle now (maybe botox/fillers on the forehead, some lip work, but nothing drastic). Also her hair & eyebrows are less sparse than during Bridget Jones 3 – much better styling particularly with her hair. I agree with the comments upthread, her response about the industry was cautious but harmless and OK. I can’t read her interviews due to the word-salads, but Judy looks great and I’ll definitely watch it.

  10. Meg says:

    I feel like her rainbow umbrella was a nod to LGBTQ community love for Judy

  11. Meg says:

    I feel like her rainbow umbrella was a nod to LGBTQ community love for Judy

  12. GreenEyesare says:

    Hmmm, loads of pics of her hanging all over Weinstein google it.He must of behaved himself towards her.