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‘Her empathy was evident’: Renée Zellweger on Judy Garland’s gay icon status

‘Her empathy was evident’: Renée Zellweger on Judy Garland’s gay icon status

Renée Zellweger shared the latest trailer of her upcoming Judy Garland biopic JUDY at Pride in London this weekend – telling GSN afterwards it was an ‘honor’ to be included.

The actress, who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Cold Mountain in 2004, also reflected on Judy’s status as a gay icon backstage in Trafalgar Square.

Judy Garland of course starred in Hollywood classics like Somewhere Over the Rainbow and A Star Is Born. She passed away on 22 June 1969 of an accidental barbiturate overdose.

The actress as Judy in the upcoming film | Photo: Roadside Attractions/Pathé

‘She had so much to overcome’ says Renée of Judy

Asked why she thinks Judy is a gay icon, Renée answered: ‘She’s iconic for a lot of people. People recognize her struggles and her vulnerability.’

‘Her empathy was evident,’ she then added. ‘People related to her. She had so much to overcome herself, but refused to back down. She’s inspirational for anyone who feels they are misunderstood.’

Renée is known for hits films like Chicago, Nurse Betty and the Bridget Jones franchise. After a six-year break from screens, she returned this year with Netflix series What/If.

Asked how it felt to share the trailer at Pride in London, Renée added: ‘Oh wow, well… And in front of a million people! It’s different! But to be included in this celebration is a great honor.’

JUDY hits US cinema screens on 27 September. It then hits UK cinema screens on 4 October 2019.

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