Renée Zellweger on Bridget Jones' return: I was the last to know
Renée Zellweger has joked she was the "last to know" about 'Bridget Jones's Baby'.
The 47-year-old actress is thrilled to be reprising the titular role in the upcoming movie but has quipped that everyone knew it was happening before she did.
She said: "It was like the boy who cried wolf. I didn't believe it! I heard from a girlfriend of mine, actually. She sent me a text saying, 'Yay, yay, yay! I hear she's back! Congratulations! Have fun!'
"And I said, 'What are you talking about?!' She's married to someone that was involved on the inside of that conversation, so I was the last to know. I didn't believe it until we said, 'Okay, that's a wrap,' on the picture."
And Renée was so glad to be back as Bridget when she read through the film's script for the first time.
She added: "I was so joyful when I was reading that script. I hadn't realised how much those characters had endeared themselves. I love those characters. I love her parents, her friends and her world.
"I love this character, and it was a happy reunion reading this script. I didn't want it to end. It made me smile. What I think I was happiest about was that it felt like this matters. Bridget means something to a lot of people, and me included, so I really wanted to be careful with her. With the script, it was just exciting."
Meanwhile, Renée also revealed she enjoyed the opportunity to evolve the character she has made famous.
She told Collider.com: "I had to figure out how the evolution of this person manifests and, more importantly, how she doesn't evolve. What does she hold onto that's familiar? So, it was a different kind of experience, but boy, it sure was fun to figure out."