Renee Zellweger Looks Better Than Ever in a Burgundy Polka Dot Dress

Renee Zellweger was on top form as she greeted fans during a press call in Sydney on Monday. The Hollywood actress chose a demure and chic burgundy polka dot dress for the Sydney Harbor event, where she was joined by her handsome Bridget Jones’s Baby co-star, Patrick Dempsey.

With her blonde hair tousled into loose waves, and wearing just a hint of makeup, 47-year-old Renee smiled as she waved to fans who had gathered at the venue, before happily signing autographs along with Patrick.

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Renee touched down in Sydney on Saturday — coincidentally on the same fight as Justin Theroux — with her longtime boyfriend Doyle Bramhall II. She and Patrick are in town to promote the third installment of the Bridget Jones movies, in which serial singleton Bridget falls pregnant shortly before her 43rd birthday — but there’s a hitch; she can only be fifty percent sure of who the baby’s father is.

Renee — who famously put on about 30 pounds for the original 2001 film, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and again three years later for the sequel, The Edge Of Reason — has revealed that she had intended to put on weight once more for the role, but that director Sharon Maguire had talked her out of it.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Renee explained: “Sharon was hoping that we could show that Bridget has achieved her ideal weight, but at the same time it didn’t mean her life was perfect.

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

During an interview with British Vogue earlier this year, Renee described her character as being a “perfectly normal weight”.

“I put on a few pounds. I also put on some breasts and a baby bump,” the actress laughed. “Bridget is a perfectly normal weight and I’ve never understood why it matters so much. No male actor would get such scrutiny if he did the same thing for a role.”