Renée Zellweger, 47, Thinks If You Don't Explore Then You're Not Going To Grow

 Photo by Miller Mobley

Photo by Miller Mobley

"I wanted to grow," she explains. "If you don't explore other things, you wake up 20 years later and you're still that same person who only learns anything when she goes out to research a character. You need to grow!"

"I've never seen the maturation of a woman as a negative thing," she answers with a tight smile when asked about aging in Hollywood. "I've never seen a woman stepping into her more powerful self as a negative." She leans forward in her chair and chooses her next words pointedly. "But this conversation perpetuates the problem. Why are we talking about how women look? Why do we value beauty over contribution? We don't seem to value beauty over contribution for men. It's simply not a conversation."

"It's so boring when people talk about what they're going to do, or what they might do, or the thing that they want to do," she says, explaining her reticence. "It's so much more interesting when you just do it and say, 'Here it is.' 

-Laurie Sandell via The Hollywood Reporter