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Renee Zellweger Botoxes The Famous Lemon Out Of Her Face

By Joanna Robinson | Celebrities Are Better than You | October 30, 2013 | Comments ()


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It’s none of our business, really, what a celebrity does to his or her face. And we can’t begin to imagine the towering pressures associated with living in Hollywood and working for the dream factory. But it can be jarring when a face we’ve come to know so well, a face we’ve seen projected 22 ft high, changes drastically. I don’t mean “jarring” as in “poor us.” Just “jarring” as in “well damn, that happened.”

Renee Zellweger, who is a divisive figure around here, will always have a snuggly place in my heart for Empire Records, Nurse Betty and the first Bridget Jones Diary. Probably her most famous, defining feature was her “squint” or “lemon face.” Some people found it endearing and it drove other people up the wall. Well fear not, Wall People, the squint, she is gone. Here’s how Bridge looks today:

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I mean, not monstrous. Not as drastic as Meg Ryan or Nicole Kidman, perhaps. But markedly different. Once again, her face her choice, but I’ll miss that little squint. And I’m not going to say this age-“correcting” move had anything to do with the age of her ex’s new girlfriend, but, ah, I’m sure that didn’t help.

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(Story and captioned photo via Celebitchy)


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  • Marti Bowker

    RZ looks really good, but ...yeah she's had her eyelids lifted, so what?

  • Sirilicious

    "And I am not going to say"

    Shame on you. Shame on you a lot.

  • Sirilicious

    To be clear, i get there's gossip on this site, and that is fine, relaying the woes of the rich and famous. But i think you cross a line here. You provide "proof" of body modification, but then you go a step further with unfounded, cliched, older woman, dumped woman, faded beauty reasons why she did modify. I typed ' shame on you', but i feel more stronlgy than that about what you did.

  • That looks more like an eye lift than Botox to me, the internet plastic surgeon. Or, maybe, we caught her at a moment where she wasn't squinting. Who can say!

  • Jifaner

    It's not just her squint that gives her lemon face, though. The pursed lips are just as crucial to the effect. I enjoy her movies, but the scruched face has always grated on me. Her skin looks better in the newer picture, too. She usually looks windburnt.

  • Jo

    Emu's daughter is c-ute. Looks nothing like her dad though.

  • axis2clusterB

    If that really is B Coop's new girlfriend, I'm WAY more disturbed by that than RZ's trip to the doc.

  • And I’m not going to say this age-“correcting” move had anything to do with the age of her ex’s new girlfriend eldest daughter, but, ah, I’m sure that didn’t help.

    ...That's the only way I can fix that reality.

    ETA: And I really can't tell that she's had any work done from those two pictures. One she's got hair in her face, the other she doesn't. One she's squinting, the other she's not. One she's doing that weird thing with her mouth, the other she's not. Her forehead, cheeks, chin etc. all look the same. None of that adds up to Botox to my untrained eye.

  • emmalita

    The one with the squint is her natural face. She has naturally squinty eyes and she made them more open through botox or surgery.

  • Nat

    Can we please talk about overalls and when we intend on burning every single one of them?

  • melancholicmess

    One photo doesn't say much and there are a lot of other explanations. Some women I know have been known to look a bit different after microdermabrasion treatments and other types of non-invasive facial surgeries. Sure, maybe RZ did undergo something but if this article was meant as a commentary on actresses undergoing face lifts (which is no big surprise), then it terribly failed especially when it ended the way it did. "And I’m not going to say this age-“correcting” move had anything to do with the age of her ex’s new girlfriend, but, ah, I’m sure that didn’t help." - that was just mean.

  • JoannaRobinson

    That was an indictment of Cooper not Renee. Really, you can't tell that I'm on Team Zellweger here?

  • She looks lovely in both photos and if she's happy, then good on her. Still, have to concur with the poster who referenced Jennifer Grey. Gone is the instantly-recognizable face of distinction; in its place, just another attractive blonde woman in California (and what an endangered species that must be).

  • Derreck

    God, can we please stop acting like Nicole Kidman is the patron saint of Botox? You would swear she's the only one whose ever seen a needle.

  • Some Guy

    She's clearly not the only one, but she clearly took something beautiful with her face and made it into something lifelike and artificial, something few actresses out there do to her extent, and with her face.

    We can assume most actresses get work done at some point, perhaps not, but some fairly minor stuff. Botox deadens the nerves, essentially killing any expression other than the look of surprise one gets when they open a present and find a puppy.

  • bleujayone

    Well, if they ever decide to remake "Death Becomes Her", at least they won't be short on potential casting.

  • Bedewcrock

    Oooo who would Helen/Goldie's role go to?

  • Scorptilicus

    Whoa, the emu's girlfriend looks 14.

  • Anthony Hoffman

    Like father and daughter. No. No. No. No. Nope. Don't likey.

  • kirivinokur

    Well done, I thought. I can't help but think of Jennifer Grey, however. They look like different people postsurgery.

  • Art3mis

    It looks like she had her eyelids done, which is pretty common among people with squinty eyes like hers because as you get older the eyelids droop into your eye and impair vision. And given how crazily plastic she's looked for the past few years, I think this is a big improvement -- maybe she also toned down the botox or something?

  • Gistine

    Definitely upper eye-job. I think she looks good, but she no longer looks like Renee Zellweger.

  • DarthBrookes

    She doesn't look ugly. She actually looks fairly natural and is still attractive enough. But she doesn't look like her. I liked how she looked before she started down this road and it's sad that that face is now gone and we'll never see it again. It's like the Zellweger we all knew has died, taken from us in her prime. Sure we've got this person to take her place, but this new person couldn't even win a Renee Zellweger look-alike contest. I'll miss her BJ face.

    Oh my God. I meant Bridget Jones face. Didn't really think about that abbreviation until I'd typed it.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    If only there was some record of how her face once looked. But alas. I suppose we are doomed to forget it.

  • Guest

    Jennifer Grey didn't really look bad after getting her nose done, again, not that she looked bad before, but it ended her career because she lost what made her recognizable.

    Say goodbye to Renee's career, is what I'm saying...Not that we didn't do that sometime around 2009...

  • Strand

    I bet he begged her not to wear those Oshkosh-looking overalls out too.

  • Berry

    That denim overall... thingy was a great idea, if the goal was to really emphasize the "emu could be her father" -angle.

    /judgmental prude

  • jennp421

    So Bradley Cooper is dating someone that looks like a teenager after responding to questions about him and Jennifer Lawrence dating with the comment, "I could literally be her father." I'm a bit confused.

  • Some Guy

    Well, to be fair,he then continued the quote by saying:

    "Which is okay, because I'm into some kinky daddy/daughter shit. Yeah!"

    but I think they edited that part out of the interview...

  • What's surprising is that Zellweger was cute and perky (not smoldering hot) but built her career on her personality as much as her physical attributes.

    It's what I don't get about women like her and Meg Ryan. They've built fanbases on their personalities and women-next-door personae. Why ruin that with Botox?

  • TK

    My guess? Once women get past a certain age, Hollywood no longer considers them viable for the cute, woman-next-door persona.

  • True, but the bulk of Ryan's and Zellweger's fanbases are women. They make rom-coms. So the pressure to remain eternally youthful shouldn't exist like it does for actresses whose career is built on appealing to male audiences (your Jessicas, Bond girls, etc). If anything, it would behoove them to retain their natural look and bring their fans with them as they move from one period to another.

  • emmalita

    I don't think it makes a difference. For one thing, the power structure in Hollywood is largely male. And for another, actresses are only a small percentage of the women getting "work" done. I'm hearing my friends and acquaintances talk about it as we move into our 40's. Some women, not my friends, are extraordinarily judgmental about women who let themselves age. It makes me really sad.

  • cgthegeek

    I mean really.... are folks here trying to pretend these women just decide to get Botox because it's fun? There's an entire system, within and without Hollywood, that tells women their value stops at their physical assets. I'm not mad at these women for getting Botox or other types of plastic surgery; I'm mad that they are told they have to in order to keep working.

  • Bedewcrock

    That is why this is so confusing (re: Meg Ryan, Zellweger) since they are not really a part of the actress world any longer. I usually only see them getting papped or showing up to random events. I can't tell if they're getting the plastic surgery/Botox to get roles or have departed completely from the arena voluntarily. That's why the alterations seem misleading. What do they want!?

  • cgthegeek

    They want to act.

    Ryan and Zelwegger are not part of the actress world because they are not getting cast in roles. Which is a consequence of them getting older. . They show up at random events to boost their profile and increase the possibility they can get a job. (As for the paparazzi... well they are stalking them.)

    It's really not different than any other unemployed person who shows up to job fairs with their resume in tow. They go to remind important folks they are still around, talk to higher ups, and generally kiss ass. Just because you aren't working doesn't mean you stop looking for work. Getting Botox/plastic surgery is one way many aging actresses choose to maintain their youth, which is what Hollywood demands very clearly from it's women. That's not to say they don't like looking younger, but if they were teachers or doctors or lawyers there wouldn't be so much pressure on them to resort to such means.

  • Right. Zell was adorable in Jerry Maguire, so alluring.

  • AvaLehra

    Super-duper cute in Empire Records, too.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Did she go to Nicole Kidman's plastic surgeon? Because that dudebro seems super-talented at erasing all happiness, uniqueness and expression from his clients' faces. She now looks permanently mildly annoyed about something.

  • bleujayone

    You never go Full Kidman.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    If I could nominate your comment for EE, I would.

  • BWeaves

    I really didn't notice any difference in the photos up there, until I searched for the her Oscar presentation video. Holy crap, her face doesn't move. It's like a mask.

  • emmalita

    She doesn't look younger, just different.

  • Untamed

    EXACTLY, emmalita. People may have criticized her looks, but she had a distinct
    face, now she is "generic actress," or even "generic reality star."

  • Berry

    And a little bit like she's perpetually in pain, no? Or is that just me?

  • foolsage

    She doesn't have a wealth of happy expressions. She's gone from lemon-faced to scowly. She's always looked to me like a person I wouldn't want to be around; her expression says she's just smelled someone else's fart.

  • axis2clusterB

    The only thing I've ever really enjoyed her in was Empire Records, which was obviously a fluke.

  • She looks like Daryl Hannah, but not in a good way

  • Naye

    She looks like Chelsea Handler...in the only way

  • Sauced?

  • AvaLehra

    With a dash of Naomi Watts.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    I'd rather look like an old lady... or even a botoxed lady than look like a pedophile.

  • TheEmpress

    This kind of comment really chaps my ass. And yeah, I do say that as a woman married to a man 24 years older than me. It really pisses me off that this is the last frontier of relationships you're allowed to snidely comment on without repercussion. Interracial couple? Awesome! Gay couple? Rock on? Older woman with younger man? You still got it, guuuurl! Older man with younger woman? Pedophile. Bullshit.

  • jennp421

    I think it's something that's easy to make fun of, but unlike interracial marriage or gay marriage, a younger woman with an older man has never been illegal. In fact, it was kind of the norm for a long time. So I understand your frustration, but it almost sounds like Christians complaining about how it's okay to make fun of them - when you're part of the dominant culture, it's not really the same thing.

  • TheEmpress

    Oh, we can just throw slanderous and defamatory terms like "pedophile" around when describing people in a consensual adult relationship that has no bearing on your life? Thanks for letting me know what hypocrisy is allowed and what isn't.

  • blobb

    You would think that though.

  • Guest

    What? She doesn't look like a peadophile, she just looks different. She looks like any 30/40 year old white woman to me.

  • Berry

    Oh, you...

  • JustOP

    Wow, I think I've done too much reading and writing today. I cannot believe how badly I misread that.

  • Berry

    Well, these things happen to the best of us.

  • Aaron Schulz

    thats weird

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