PopUps: In New Interview, Renée Zellweger Talks About Judy Garland Biopic

Friday May 10, 2019

Renee Zellweger
Renee Zellweger  (Source:Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Ahead of the release of the Judy Garland biopic "Judy," Oscar-winning actor Renée Zellweger spoke with People magazine about playing the late icon.

Directed by Rupert Goold ("True Story"), "Judy" is set in the late 60s when Garland arrives in London for a five-week run of sold-out concerts at the Talk of the Town. The film is an adaptation of Peter Quilter's Tony-nominated 2012 Broadway play "End of the Rainbow." Zellweger said she hopes the film will help people better understand Garland and the pressures she faced during the tragic final years of her life. The "Wizard of Oz" star died in 1969 from an accidental drug overdose at 47.

In the interview, Zellweger said the singer and actor was incredibly professional "In a time when women didn't necessarily feel that they had power over their own lives."

"When there's a better understanding of what it takes for a person to continue under certain circumstances there is a level of empathy and respect that you can't help but feel," she also told People.

"Judy" also stars Finn Wittrock ("American Horror Story"), who will play Garland's fifth husband Mickey Deans. Other costars include Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon, Bella Ramsey Gemma-Leah Devereux, who will play Liza Minnelli.

Minnelli made headlines last year when she took to Facebook to post that she did not approve of "Judy." At the time, she posted a Radar Online article that claimed Zellweger was "bonding" with the "Cabaret" actor for her Garland role. Minnelli wrote she's "never met nor spoken" to Zellweger and the article was later deleted.

"I have never met nor spoken to Renee Zellweger," she wrote. "I don't know how these stories get started, but I do not approve nor sanction the upcoming film about Judy Garland in any way. Any reports to the contrary are 100% Fiction."

"Judy" hits theaters on Sept. 27.


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