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Renée Zellweger is set to star in the forthcoming biopic Judy, and she’s doing the rounds chatting with press about her portrayal of Judy Garland. And as expected, the topic of her looks came up (because it always seems to).

Zellweger, who will always be good ol’ Bridge to us, didn’t deflect when SiriusXM asked about the backlash she endured, reports EW.com.

To backtrack, in 2014, a photo popped up of Zellweger and the public and press alike didn’t think she looked like herself. A global dialogue ensued over whether or not she had had cosmetic surgery (we stayed out of it, out of respect for the actress’s privacy).

Ironically, around that time, Zellwegger was on the Tube in London and two passengers were chatting about just that. In the SiriusXM interview she relays what it was like to overhear two strangers discussing her life, saying, “They were talking about Hollywood and they were talking about how Hollywood ladies are so silly — and especially that Renée Zellweger.”

We can only imagine, when hearing one’s own name… the ears perk up.

Apparently they went on to say: “And how could she do that? Why would she go and have surgery on her face like we wouldn’t know? How could she do that? She doesn’t look like herself, and you can’t just do that, where you go and you just don’t look like yourself because we expect you to look like yourself.”

She was about to exit the train when one of the men recognized her, getting her attention, “Oh God, you’re not, you are, you’re oh my God, but you look just like yourself.”

Oh boy.

She gave him a cheeky response, “And I thought, ‘Yeah, it’s funny how that works isn’t it?’ And he said, ‘Wow, oh, well you know Hugh Grant.’ And I said, ‘I do know Hugh Grant, he’s a great guy. I’ll tell him you said hello.’”

It’s nice to hear she stood up for herself, even if these are people she’ll never see again.

She can laugh it off now, but that wasn’t always the case, finishing off the retelling of the story by saying, “It’s only momentarily where you go, ‘Jeez, wow, that’s pretty painful.’ But then I don’t live in that. It just visits my life a little bit here and there.”

We might be perpetuating the conversation about her looks by bringing this up now, but at the same time, we’d like her to have a voice on the matter. Hopefully the chatter goes away and people can focus on her work and her talent.

Circling back to her new movie Judy, Judy Garland didn’t always have an easy go of it (understatement) and possibly Zellweger has funneled that rough time into the role.

You can look for Judy in theaters on September 27.

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By Brigid Brown