Renée Zellweger made headlines in October 2014 when she appeared on the red carpet during an Elle awards event with a new look and many speculated the 46-year-old actress had plastic surgery. Zellweger, however, said she never heard a word of what the media was saying about her and that she successfully dodged the constant talk of her look at the time.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Zellweger said the 2014 experience changed her, but she had no idea about the media coverage other than what she heard about "from friends and associates" through emails and texts.
"They were sending support, which means that I must have needed it, and I prefer it that way. So when people come up to me to ask ‘How did that feel?’ I don’t know, and I like it like that. I don’t know," Zellweger dished. "I know it sounds pretty unlikely that a person might be able to make herself, I guess, keep clear of those words or of that experience, but I have and it takes effort. But I have succeeded.”
In October 2014, Zellweger told People that the plastic surgery rumors were "silly" and that she had changed her lifestyle, which changed the way she looked. She said she wasn't living a healthy life due to a hectic schedule she worked. She has since slowed down and says her health is better for having done so.
"I'm glad folks think I look different! I'm living a different, happy, more fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows," Zellweger said.
Zellweger later added that people did not know who she was in her 40's after she stepped out of the spotlight. People had been familiar with the actress didn't know her as "healthy" for a while.
"Perhaps I look different. Who doesn't as they get older?! Ha. But I am different. I'm happy," she said.
You can catch Zellweger in "Bridget Jones's Baby" which hits theaters on Sept. 16, 2016. The film follows 2001's "Bridget Jones's Diary" and 2004's "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason."