Renee Zellweger was born in Houston, Texas in 1969, and later moved to the rural town of Katy. Growing up, she led the all-American life. She played sports and, in high school, she became a cheerleader.
Renee: You get to wear your uniform on Friday. I mean, that was kind of fun, you know. You don't have worry about which “Gloria Vanderbilt(美国格洛里亚.范德比尔特服装公司)” you're going to wear. Remember?
Entertainment Weekly's Jessica Shaw says Renee's is style took a long time to evolve.
Jessica: The fact that Renee Zellweger is a style icon is even more amazing when you look at where she came from. I mean, the girl's high school yearbook(年刊,由中学或大学的毕业班编辑并装订成册的刊物,纪录当年的事件) picture, I mean, I'm sure she's gone around trying to burn every yearbook in sight.
But bangs(额前刘海) didn't obscure(使暗,使不明显) Renee's big ideas. Even early on, the actress was taking dramatic steps towards Hollywood.
Renee: I started with the whole drama thing because I had to be just like my big brother. He, uh, joined the Speech Club and Drama Club, so I joined the Speech Club and Drama Club. And then he got so sick of me that he quit and I just found a fondness for it and stayed with it, until I graduated high school and them I was finished, as far as I was concerned.
Far from finished, Renee attended the University of Texas, where she majored in English and took drama as an elective. After graduation, Renee hit LA. With only a couple of acting jobs under her belt(被自己获得), Renee nailed her audition for the Cameron Crowe film, Jerry McGuire, beating out established starlets(初涉影坛的演员) including Winona Ryder and Mira Sorvino.
Renee: I had a great day. I was done, satisfied, drove home, screamed in the car all the way, windows down, radio blaring, going psycho(精神变态的)!
The fresh-faced beauty burst onto the silver screen winning the heart of Hollywood hunk(指对女人有魅力的男子), Tom Cruise, and at the same time, the praise of millions of movie-going fans.
Renee: It's a little strange. It might take me more than five minutes to get used to this.
That was back in 1996, when Renee was new to being in the public eye. She had found fame, but she was still searching for her own sense of fashion.
Jessica: She doesn't have a classic beauty, it's not like she has, you know, huge eyes, and, you know, really kind of well-defined lips. She's sort of quirky(诡诈的,离奇的)-looking, which makes her so gorgeous and so sexy.
But it wouldn't be long before the shy newcomer would be walking the red carpet with confidence.
Renee's career would soon take off when she landed the lead in the comedy, Nurse Betty, a role that would capture everyone's attention, says Vogue magazine's Andre Leon Tally.
Andre: We knew that Renee was going to be big that year with Nurse Betty. She was fantastic in Nurse Betty, she showed, like Nicole Kidman, she has the range.
A few months later, Renee was catapulted(突然把某人捧出名) even further into the spotlight when she met Jim Carrey, while filming the comedy, Me, Myself, and Irene.
Jim: She's got a great sense of humor. She really does. She's, sometimes with, she's little more bashful(害羞的) than I am, and stuff, in certain ways, so these types of things might be a little difficult sometimes, but, uh, she actually floors(使难倒,使哑口无言) me sometimes, amazes me, you know? It's great, it's wonderful!
Ned Zeman (Vanity Fair): He sort of fell for her about halfway through the movie, and she was very professional, and doesn't do that sort of thing on movie sets. She doesn't want to be known as one of those actresses that has flings(放肆,放纵) and stuff, so, you know, their relationship didn't begin 'til actually after the movie was wrapped.
Renee's love life had taken off, and in 2000, her career hit another high when she landed the lead in the comedy, Bridget Jones's Diary, a role Renee had to gain 20 pounds to play.
Ned: She's normally a healthy, healthy woman, who runs every day, and she would eat plates of pasta(意大利面食), beer, ice cream, literally anything she could jam into her mouth to gain weight.
Renee's disciplined weight-gain regimen(有规则的饮食起居制度) proved perfect for the part, but petrified(吓呆) magazine executives, who pulled her cover.
Jessica: Harper's Bazaar was reluctant to put Renee Zellweger on the cover, around the time of Bridget Jones's Diary, because they just didn't think that she was beautiful at that size.
Harper's Bazaar eventually made good on their promise and put her on the cover.
The end of 2000 found Renee single again, when her relationship with Jim Carrey ended. The new bachelorette(未婚女子) started out the new year on a high note, when her performance as the whacked-out(发狂的) waitress in Nurse Betty won Renee a Golden Globe for Best Actress. With this award, Renee established herself as a bonafide(真正的) “A-lister”. Renee's star status hit an all-time high(空前最高纪录)when she landed her biggest role yet, as the lead in the highly-anticipated movie, Chicago.
Her performance in Chicago dazzled audiences everywhere, earning Renee a prized statuette(小雕像) at the 2003 Golden Globes.
Off the red carpet, Renee Zellweger is just your average girl from Texas, seemingly unaffected by her fame. But the moment her Manolos(世界著名高跟鞋品牌) touch the red carpet, she shines, exuding(发散开来) confidence and sophistication(温文尔雅).
Renee Zellweger, the girl next door, award-winning actress, and style star.