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Renée Zellweger Explains Why She Didn't Put On Weight To Play Bridget Jones This Time!

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Renée Zellweger famously packed on 30 pounds to play the titular character in the first two Bridget Jones movies over 10 years ago.

But those who watched the trailers for Bridget Jones's Baby may have noticed the beloved character has slimmed way down!

Some fans might assume the actress wasn't game to pack on the pounds for a third time, but Zellweger revealed it wasn't her idea to stay lean for the upcoming comedy.

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In a new interview, the 47-year-old said she was more than ready to once again put on weight to play the iconic heroine, but director Sharon Maguire talked her out of it.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, she said:

"Sharon was hoping we could show that Bridget had achieved her ideal weight, but at the same time it didn't mean her life was perfect."

Though the actress obliged didn't gain weight like she did in the 2001 original and 2004's Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, she wishes Bridget's weight still remained an issue in the third film.

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She continued:

"I wasn't sure about that one though because we all have something we think is wrong, that needs fixing, that in our own minds represents the ideal that we are meant to obtain. And I like the idea that that stays with us throughout our lives."

Of course, these comments might also have to do with constant media speculation over the leading lady's changing facial appearance over the years.

While Bridget may not have a weight issue in the third film, Zellweger will still be rocking a large prosthetic belly after the character gets pregnant right after her 43rd birthday.

Find out who the father is (Patrick Dempsey or Colin Firth — it's really a win-win) when Bridget Jones's Baby hits theaters September 16!

[Image via Universal Pictures.]

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