Calling all Bridget Jones fans: Renée Zellweger hints at return to iconic role

Even though the last Bridget Jones film, Bridget Jones’s Baby, came out in 2016, we still struggle to separate Renée Zellweger from her iconic role as the unlucky-in-love 30-something whose diary became known the world over.

Renée Zellweger at Bridget Jones premiere
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And the actor recently hinted that she would be up for another Bridget Jones movie, admitting she hopes to be back in the character’s shoes. Renée starred in the trilogy of movies based on the hilarious Helen Fielding novels – featuring Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, and pin-up, Patrick Dempsey – and spoke to People about her ongoing love for the character and film series.

While promoting her new show, The Thing About Pam, on Sirium XM’s The Jess Cagle Show, the star, who first began portraying Bridget Jones in 2001, expressed her interest in wanting to portray her famous rom-com character again.

‘I love being in her shoes,’ Zellweger said. ‘I mean, it makes me giggle, you know, every day on set the choices that we get to make about just how awkward we can make her circumstances. It’s just so much fun.’

Renée Zellweger with Bridget Jones co-stars
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And the reason she loves the character of Bridget so much? Well, for exactly the same reasons we do, her endless series of embarrassing moments and the endearing, often relatable, way she responds to them: ‘I find her so endearing, her self-deprecating sort of determination. I love her. And I think it’s really rare to get to follow a character through different stages in her life,’ the two-time Oscar winner explains, adding: ‘And in a way that we find her relatable, because she parallels our own life experiences at that time.’

But the part of the interview that has really given fans of the series hope was when Zellweger responded to a question about whether or not there might be another film in the works.

‘Yeah, I hope so,’ she said. ‘I mean, Helen did write another book, so there’s that.’

In terms of what we could expect from a fourth film? Well, Zellweger can’t say for sure, but she did hint at the idea that things might not all be as neatly tied up as they seemed when the third film ended (spoiler alert: Bridget married Mark Darcy at a lake-side ceremony, with their son, William, by their side).

‘Well, she’s a bit older, she’s matured, professionally, she’s more accomplished,’ Zellweger says, although she ‘still doesn’t quite have it all together.’

Watch this space, we’ll be sure to share more news as and when it arrives.