RENEE Zellweger revealed where she was amid a long-term hiatus from Hollywood as she returned with a new limited series.
The Thing About Pam star undertook an amazing transformation for her new NBC true-crime drama.
But Renee, 52, took a break from her acting career in recent years as she revealed she had enrolled at UCLA.
On Monday, while appearing on the Today Show, host Savannah Guthrie asked how her hiatus from the spotlight “shaped” her return.
“Not that I thought about it that much, but I know it’s different. I needed to step back and grow as a person in some non-work related things.
“I mean, one of my favorite things about work is that you have the opportunity to learn things that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to explore.
“I went to school, took some time off, and decided maybe I could get involved in a different way.”
Hoda Kotb then asked “what school” Renee attended, to which she replied, “I sneaked into UCLA for a while to keep the public order. International right.
“It’s one of my favorite things, I’ll bore you to death at a dinner party, I really will. Just don’t make me start,” she joked.
BACK TO THE CAMERA
However, Renee has finally made her big return to the small screen with her new crime drama The Thing About Pam.
The limited series was inspired by real events previously documented on Dateline, the 2011 murder of Betsy Faria.
TRANSFORMATION INTO PAM
The two-time Oscar winner looked completely unrecognizable on the new show as she transformed into Pam Hupp, a woman who murdered Louis Gumpenberger in 2016.
Renee confessed that she wore “two pounds of latex” for the role as costume and makeup artists made her face heavier.
The movie star also donned a “fat suit” for her new TV series, which looked completely different from her usually skinny 5’4 frame.
The true crime series follows convicted murderer Pam Hupp, the 63-year-old suburban mother who is serving a life sentence for the murder of a disabled man.
In the eye-catching new trailer, Renee sips lemonade in a windbreaker and jeans and goes about her daily routine while the police focus on her money-heist crime.
“Now you can afford the facelift you wished you had,” a character tells her at one point.
Renee previously gained 30 pounds to play Bridget Jones in 2001 and is again barely recognizable as Pam.
She sported drastic facial prosthetics and a “padded” body for her latest venture.
Renee also spoke to Vanity Fair about The Thing About Pam and her major character transformation to play the convicted criminal.
“Oh god, if you don’t recognize an actor or actress in a performance, that’s a huge compliment.”
“You’re not trying to tell your own story.”
Adding her new look, she said: “It was pretty much from head to toe. It was a prosthesis, it was one [padded] Suit, it was the choice of clothes, it was the liveliness in her step-step-step, her gait.”
Renee co-produced the six-part series through her production company, Big Picture Co.
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