Renée Zellweger felt a lot of pressure to play Judy Garland

Renee Zellweger
Renee Zellweger

Renée Zellweger felt a “different sense of responsibility” with her new movie.

The Judy star – who plays iconic actress and singer Judy Garland in the biographical movie – admits there was a lot of “pressure” to perfect her role.

“You carry a sense of hope that you’ll do justice by the representation.”

— Renée Zellweger

She said: “It’s a different sense of responsibility that you feel when you play someone who’s lived or who’s living. There’s certain things that are non-negotiable that are established on public record and in some ways that’s helpful because it sets the parameters a bit. And it was. In terms of pressure, I love her too. I love her and I admire her and I’m in awe of her and … you carry a sense of hope that you’ll do justice by the representation.”

And the 50-year-old actress wanted to shed a light on Judy’s life.

She added to talkRADIO: “I loved what Rupert was hoping for this film. To humanise the experience of the performer and to reveal the truth of the life of a performer and the cost of performance. It seemed like such a lovely opportunity to shine a different light on the final chapter of Judy’s life which seems sort of blanketed and the idea of tragedy.”