By Will Robinson
Updated September 13, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Bridget Jones’s Baby is Renée Zellweger third time playing the titular character, making her debut in 2001’s Bridget Jones’s Diary. It stands to reason the actress and her character share personal attributes.

During a Tuesday Facebook Live session, Zellweger was asked if she sees some of her own personality in the fictional writer. Almost to an uncomfortable degree.

“More than I’d like to admit,” she laughed, seated next to director Sharon Maguire. “I think that’s really her charm, isn’t it? We all see ourselves in Bridget Jones, in her imperfections, and being privy to her inner dialogue about her anxieties and her self-depreciation, the challenges she faces, being worried she doesn’t measure up; we can all relate to that.”

“And especially the verbal incontinence and the awkward moments at the most inopportune times,” Zellweger added. “That’s something that I really relate to.”

It’s been 12 years since Zellweger last stepped into Jones’ shoes for The Edge of Reason. While she has changed in other ways, Bridget is still definitely Bridget. And that was a challenge for Zellweger in trying to retain.

See the Facebook Live session below where Zellweger and Maguire also discuss the off-screen bromance between Bridget’s on-screen beaus, Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey, the two suitors’ “rivalry,” and their favorite scene in the movie. Bridget Jones’s Baby opens Friday.

Bridget Jones's Baby

type
  • Movie
mpaa
  • R
runtime
  • 118 minutes
director
  • Sharon Maguire

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