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Renée Zellweger Says She Studied Law During Acting Hiatus




Renée Zellweger says she studied international law during her acting hiatus in 2010.

In a 2016 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Zellweger explained the reason for her six-year acting break: “I wanted to grow.”

“If you don’t explore other things, you wake up 20 years later and you’re still that same person who only learns anything when she goes out to research a character. You need to grow!”

Her return to the big screen was marked by her reprisal of Bridget Jones in the sequel film Bridget Jones’s Baby, and she has since gone on to secure an Academy Award for Best Actress after starring in the biographical film, Judy.


Now, in an interview with NBC’S Today show, Zellweger revealed how she spent her time during her hiatus.

“I needed to step away and kind of grow as a person and learn some things that were not related to work,” she explained. “I mean, that’s one of my favourite things about work, is that you have an opportunity to learn things that you wouldn’t otherwise have occasion to explore.”

“Went to school and just, you know, took some time out and decided I wanted to maybe participate in a different way.” She added, “I snuck into UCLA for a little while and did some public policy. International law. I’m interested in politics.”

Asked whether she would ever consider a career in politics, the 52-year-old responded: “I’m not sure. But it’s one of my favourite things. I’ll bore you to death at a dinner party, I really will. Just don’t get me started. It’s true – ask any of my friends!”

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