Back in 2014, Renée Zellweger's appearance at an industry event ignited media scrutiny over her supposedly 'unrecognisable' looks, and the actress has now reflected on how she felt humiliated by the derogatory claims.
The Oscar-winning star recalled one "painful" moment when she overheard strangers on on the tube in London commenting on how "stupid" she was to have had plastic surgery on her face.
"They [group of commuters] were talking about Hollywood and how Hollywood ladies are so silly, especially that Renée Zellweger," she told SiriusXM's Jess Cagle. "'How could she do that? Why would she go and have surgery on her face like we wouldn't know? She doesn't look like herself, and you can't just do that where you go and don't look like yourself, 'cause we expect you to look like yourself'."
Zellweger continued: "And I thought, 'Wow, that's interesting. Anyway, here's my stop. So I get up and I stand next to the door waiting for it to open and the man is still talking about how stupid I am.
"And he looked up and he said, 'Oh God, you're not - you are! Oh my God, but you look just like yourself!' And I said, 'Yeah, it's funny how that works, isn't it?'"
The star admitted that although it made her feel uncomfortable, she didn't want to dwell on it or let it impact her life.
"It's only momentarily where you go, 'Jeez, wow, that's pretty painful'. But I don't live in that. It just visits my life here and there and I'm not really privy on that stuff until someone sends it to me. I don't seek it out.
She then joked: "And I'm busy! You know, I have dogs and they have to have shots and they need pills twice a day. There's a lot, you know. I have other things to do."
Zellweger has also already garnered Oscar anticipation over her performance as Judy Garland in upcoming biopic Judy.
The film is expected to explore what went on behind 'the rainbow' by delving into the singer's troubled divorces and financial difficulty - which resulted in her leaving her children at home in order to make ends meet.
Judy will land in UK cinemas on October 4, 2019.
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