Renee Zellwegger Talks 'Bridget Jones' Baby' & Why Bridget Is Still The Most Relatable Heroine Ever
When I come across a character as all over the place as Bridget Jones, one of my nightmares is that one day she'll get her life together, and I'll still be left here in the dust trying to figure it out. So imagine my delight when I heard that Bridget Jones is still falling apart in Bridget Jones' Baby, which will hit theaters Apr. 22, 2016. Phew. That's a huge sigh of relief for me, because I'm in that precious time in a human's life when all of their high school classmates are getting married and having babies and sporting immaculate Instagram feeds, and I'm working from home in my pajamas and in a committed relationship with Seamless.com.
So, when I saw that Bridget Jones was having a baby as well, part of me was like, "Welp, there goes the neighborhood. I'm truly on my own now, when even a fictional sloppy Brit has figured things out faster than I have." But, according to Renee Zellweger herself, that is decidedly not the case. Yes, Bridget is pregnant in the third film in the series, but she's also 43, unmarried, and doesn't know who the father is, so I'm feeling myself start to relax again. Granted, her baby daddy options are between Patrick Dempsey and Colin Firth, so we still have a ton of reason to be jealous of her, but baby steps. Baaaaby steps.
This is the Bridget we know and love; always at the center of a hurricane. In a recent interview with People, Zellweger said that although Bridget is "a bit more mature and has moved on, as we all have," she's still as drawn to drama and chaos as ever, saying, "I think that's her essence, really. All of us do things in our personalities that we don't outgrow." Oh, man. I genuinely could cry right now, I'm so relieved to see a portrayal of an adult woman who isn't running circles around me and my life right now. And again, Zellweger agrees!
I like that she tells what it's like to be a woman in these really relatable situations. It's so right to tell a story about Bridget in this stage of her life.
Yes. It. Is. This is me sending a seriously heartfelt thank you to everyone involved in this movie; it may seem like just a silly rom-com, but for those of us who feel like we just can't get it together and all hope is lost, it couldn't be more refreshing.
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