The 51-year-old performed the titular character in the 2001 classic, Bridget Jones’s Diary, alongside Hugh (Daniel Cleaver) and Colin Firth (Mark Darcy).
Her casting triggered ‘uproar’ on the time as followers questioned why an American actress was tipped for the principle position, with the difference of Helen Fielding’s novel following the wild antics of an English singleton.
Revealing his preliminary ideas, Hugh confessed it appeared ‘like a stretch’ on the time – particularly as her accent resembled Princess Margaret.
Which isn’t very best.
Spilling the beans in documentary Being Bridget Jones, the Undoing star mentioned: ‘There was a complete scandal about why isn’t this a British actress?
Renee’s preliminary try at Bridget’s accent sounded extra like Princess Margaret… (Image: Rex)
Hugh mocked Renee’s makes an attempt (Image: BBC Two)
‘And I didn’t know Renee Zellweger, and a Texan enjoying a British character, it did appear to be a stretch.
‘She got here in, doing fairly British accent, but it surely was Princess Margaret. That was just a little startling.
‘Then she was informed to form of, effectively she thought she higher loosen it up a bit.
Renee, Colin and Hugh had us glued to our screens in Bridget Jones’s Diary (Image: Rex)
‘Then she got here in and it was Princess Margaret having had a stroke. However per week later it was bang on.’
And the remaining was film historical past.
Aspect notice: Can Renee share an audio clip of her preliminary try for a Christmas reward?
Richard Curtis, who labored on the screenplay, raved concerning the actress, stating that her soul was precisely what they have been on the lookout for when it comes to Bridget.
‘We had her spherical to dinner and he or she was very like Helen, in that she was a Hollywood actress however stuffed with quirks,’ he added.
‘[She was] fluttered, barely panicked, very uncommon. ‘We felt that the soul of her was extremely correct. Though because it have been, her accent wasn’t.’
Being Bridget Jones is on the market to stream on BBC iPlayer now.