Is This Real Life? We Interviewed Renee Zellweger and Director Sharon Maguire for Bridget Jones’s Baby

“When they sent the script, it felt like this fantastically happy reunion, and it’s reminded me how much I love her.” Renee said, “I love her friends, and her parents, and her world, and then, I got really terrified because I thought, “Oh God.  I really–I don’t want to mess this up” because, I mean, I know that like–like myself, you know, who, when I discovered her in the books, like so many other people, you know, we fell in love with her.”

“We have affection for her, and, you know, she holds a lot of meaning for us.  And so, yeah.  I just–I didn’t want to–I didn’t want to disappoint anybody.” she continued. 

I remember when I fell for Bridget Jones. She was the best friend I always wanted. The person screaming at me that I could be more than I was. My fear was never that Renee would disappoint. The only way I would have ben disappointed would have been if she never returned.

“It was the happiest reunion.  It was so much fun to be back in her shoes or her boots and her walk and her laugh and her voice and her not quite altogether wardrobe and, you know, and back with her friends.  You know?”

That’s the best way to put it. The happiest reunion. For me, it was like coming home and finding the person that I wanted to talk to.

But Bridget Jones’s Baby was so much more than that. In a world where people are shamed for the number of sexual partners they have – Bridget owns it. She knows what she did and knows there was no shame in what happened. Because she was – well, happy.

Honestly, who wouldn’t get distracted by Jack’s beautiful face? Then there is the man that is just perfection – Mr. Darcy. Because, let’s face it, Colin Firth is perfection, no matter what he does. We have no other words.

Colin is really–is so much more vulnerable than playing Mark Darcy.” Sharon said, “So much more complicated and vulnerable.  Kind of vulnerability creeps through again.”

I have to agree, but to tell you why would give away what happens and I don’t want to spoil it for you.

I love this version.  I love this incarnation for him.” Renee chimed in. 

I have to admit, this version of Mr. Darcy was definitely the best in the franchise. His strength, stubbornness, and superiority are apparent – yes. But the way that he loves Bridget shines through everything and you can’t help but take notice.

The Bridget of now is nothing like the Bridget of old. Like Mr. Darcy, she’s grown. She’s become something more than she was and it’s refreshing to see. So one has to wonder, with Bridget knowing who she is now, what would she tell the Bridget in the first movie?

“In your forties, you start–you lose a lot in your forties.  Your forties are big.  You let go of Bridget Jones's Babythe– idea about what your life was going to be, and you lose friends.  And it makes you renegotiate your life perspective entirely and what you value.” Renee said, “I  think that–that, in this new–in this incarnation, she’s finally a little bit more self-possessed and more inclined to listen to her own intuition.  And she’s sort of recognizing that the social paradigm for happiness does not apply across the board and that it’s okay to have and determine for yourself what happiness means, you know, even if it isn’t within the conventional ideal.  And maybe the suggestion to not waste so much time trying to measure up but to recognize that, you know, she’s fine.” 

But Renee isn’t the only one with advice for Bridget. Sharon had great advice too, “I  would say to her, you know, that your fantasies for your life probably won’t work out.  But, life will throw other fantasies at you, and go with those. You know, life deals you a different, you know, deck of cards, and you have to find the fantasies in there.  You know?”

So very true. Life isn’t always what you expect. But Sharon continued, “I also think that the kind of–in the relationship of her, with Mark Darcy, I think it’s–I think what I’d tell her is, “You know, you can’t legislate love.  Love has its–you can’t rationalize it.  Love has its–finds its own way.”” 

No truer words have ever been spoken.

“I believe that with–from what I’ve experienced with the people that I’m closest to, you evolve when you become a mom.  You become a bigger version of yourself.  You become a more powerful version of yourself, a fully realized version of yourself. And I’m watching all of my friends and my, you know, family members evolve in this way.  And I’m a bit of a late bloomer, and so, it’s interesting to kind of be chronologically in that place, but not have– Bridget Jone's Babynot experience that same transformation at the same time as your friends and the people closest to you.” Renee said when talking about a theme in the film that resonated in her life, “It’s very strange, and it’s — it is a very unique kind of loneliness.  It’s a bit of — yeah.  It’s –it’s very unique because then it means defining your growth in a different way and insisting that it happen despite the absence of this thing that makes it happen naturally.”

It may not only be Bridget that understands us. Renee does too. That same theme resonated with us. It’s why we’re here.

Our love for Bridget Jones is deep. Thankfully, Bridget Jones’s Baby is a can’t miss, hilarious great time. It’s like finding the best friend that you lost touch with and picking up like that separation never happened.

Bridget Jones’s Baby is in theater’s now. Get tickets here:

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