Renee Zellweger explains her EastEnders inspiration

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 August 2016
Renee Zellweger

Renee Zellweger

American actress Renee Zellweger has revealed she watched the British soap 'EastEnders' in preparation to play Bridget Jones

Renee Zellweger watched the British soap 'EastEnders' in preparation to play Bridget Jones.

The award-winning actress has revealed she immersed herself in British popular culture in order to play the iconic literary character, whom she has reprised in the much-anticipated 'Bridget Jones's Baby'.

The 47-year-old American star explained: "I listened to 'The Archers', I watched 'EastEnders' and 'Ali G' on TV. I watched the news.

"I read magazines to see who were the current-day icons in English culture, to get an idea about who she might aspire to emulate.

"After a while I was humming along to Spice Girls songs."

Famously, Renee also had to pile on the pounds for the role.

The actress - who first played the part in the 2001 hit 'Bridget Jones's Diary' - told the Daily Telegraph newspaper: "I don't think about it like weight gain.

"She just needed to look like her lifestyle, and this is a girl who loves her ice cream. She drinks a lot of chardonnay, smokes a lot and goes to the bar not the gym.

"It's like cutting her hair or wearing those black boots or the black bra with the see-through top - it's about creating this character."

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