Renée Zellweger recalls the moment she overheard strangers discussing her face

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Despite acclaimed performances in films including “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and “Jerry Maguire,” Oscar-winning actress Renée Zellweger is not immune to the pitfalls of fame.

The 50-year-old star, who retreated from the spotlight after an appearance at the 2014 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards prompted speculation that she had had plastic surgery, recalled the “pretty painful” moment she overheard strangers negatively discussing her looks.

During an appearance on US radio station SiriusXM’s “Jess Cagle Show,” Zellweger said she was sitting next to two women and a man “on a subway in London” when they started discussing celebrities.

“They were talking about… how Hollywood ladies are so silly, and especially that Renée Zellweger,” she said.

Zellweger said they went on to say: “How could she do that? Why would she go and have surgery on her face like we wouldn’t know? She doesn’t look like herself, and you can’t just do that where you go and don’t look like yourself, cause we expect you to look like yourself.”

She said the encounter left her momentarily stunned: “I thought, ‘Wow, that’s interesting. Anyway, here’s my stop.'”

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