"I Wasn’t Healthy" Renée Zellweger Candidly Explains How Depression And Burnout Pushed Her To Take A 6-Year Hiatus From Hollywood

September 4, 2019 14:37

Renee Zellweger just revealed that she took a hiatus from acting to manage her depression. The Oscar-winning star spoke with New York Magazine in the lead up to her new role as Judy Garland in the upcoming film Judy.

Renee Zellweger about her retreating from Hollywood

She shed some light on her choice to step away from the wild world of acting in 2010 for six years.

The Oscar winner recounted that she had experienced burnout and depression after garnering great success in blockbusters such as Bridget Jones’s Diary and Chicago.

“I wasn’t healthy,”

- Zellweger told New York Magazine.

“I wasn’t taking care of myself. I was the last thing on my list of priorities.”

That, in fact, was the period when she began seeing a therapist for the first time. There, her therapist helped her navigate the emotions she was feeling during her retreat from the business.

The actress also recalled not being able to recognize that she was burned out due to the relentless pace of her career, saying that she kept pretending that “you’re okay to go and do this next thing.” Moreover, she didn't want to let those exciting opportunities that were coming into her life slip.

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She's back!

Zellweger said she also worries about younger actors, warning of the dangers of constantly working. Now, however, the woman seems to be completely recovered from her depression and full of energy to continue working on new projects life Judy.

“I had a good five-year period when I was joyful and in a new chapter that no one was even aware of,"

- she said.

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Now, with her Garland biopic about to be released at the end of September, Zellweger has a much better outlook on things and says she's ready to take to inspire people with her new roles and brilliant acting!

And we can't wait to see you again, Renee!