Renee Zellweger: I Don’t Need to Have Kids ‘To Be Happy’

Renee Zellweger
Renee Zellweger attends the 2014 'Elle' Women In Hollywood Awards. Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Renée Zellweger revealed that she doesn’t need to have certain things to be happy — including kids — in a new interview with Extra.

The 47-year-old actress, who stars in the upcoming sequel Bridget Jones’s Baby, said that although she played a pregnant woman on set, she hasn't thought too much about motherhood. When asked by Extra if she was "craving" a baby, she said, “I’ve never really thought like that about anything in my life, really. I’ve always been kind of open to whatever may be, curious to see what’s next. I’ve never been that deliberate about my life and the things that I would require in order to be happy.” 

The Oscar winner explained that her character in the movie, Bridget Jones, shows people it’s totally fine to have flaws or to not be married with children by a certain point in their lives. “She makes it OK to be imperfect,” Zellweger told Extra. “She makes it OK to be human at a time when we feel probably that there’s a lot of social pressure to be a certain way, to look a certain way, to have established certain things in your life by a certain phase in your life experience. She’s sort of challenging those notions.” 

Zellweger has been dating boyfriend Doyle Bramhall for four years, but she did joke about testing out a friend’s online dating app to see what all the hype was about. “I did go to a wedding last year, and I did learn what Tinder was, and we sat and went through my friend’s, which was pretty interesting,” she said.

The Cold Mountain actress also touched on her six-year hiatus from acting and why she took a break from the spotlight. “It was time. I wanted to do some other things that there’s not a lot of time for when you're caught up in the cycle of making films, because they tend to overlap,” she said. “[Acting] is a pretty big commitment; it’s a happy fun commitment, but I wanted to learn some other things.”

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