Renée Zellweger Hits Back At Sexist 'Bridget Jones' Weight Critics

'No male actor would get such scrutiny.'

Renée Zellweger has hit out at critics of Bridget Jones' weight, claiming it's a reflection of sexism.

The actress has reprised her role as Bridget in the film franchise's upcoming third instalment, which saw her gain weight to play the part again.

<strong>Renée Zellweger </strong>
Renée Zellweger
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She has now addressed the scrutiny her body comes under whenever she plays the character, suggesting that her male counterparts don't receive the same attention when they undergo a transformation for a role.

In an interview with Vogue magazine, Renée said: "I put on a few pounds. I also put on some breasts and a baby bump.

Renée was last seen as Bridget Jones in the 2004 sequel 'The Edge Of Reason', having first played her in the original 2001 film.

<strong>Renée is reprising her role as Bridget Jones</strong>
Renée is reprising her role as Bridget Jones

The latest film - entitled 'Bridget Jones's Baby' - catches up with her following a split with Mark Darcy, who she got engaged to at the end of ‘The Edge Of Reason’.

As the title suggests, Bridget also discovers that she is pregnant, with “at least a 50 per cent chance” that the baby is her ex's.

However, the father may also be a new character, played by Patrick Dempsey, who had previously been announced to be joining Renée Zelweger, Colin Firth and other returning stars in the cast of the new film.

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Read the full interview with Renée in the July issue of Vogue, on sale Thursday 16 June.

'Bridget Jones's Baby' is slated for release on 16 September.

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