“Bridget Jones’s Baby” has built a lot of hopes as it returns after 12 years and fans are eagerly waiting to find out how the very British, Chardonnay-guzzling singleton has been doing in her 40s. It is hard to imagine anyone other than the Texan star Renee Zellweger as the quintessential Bridget Jones.
“Bridget is eternally optimistic, self-effacing and finds humour whenever facing adversity,” the actress was quoted as saying by the Mirror. “She’s perfectly imperfect, and that’s what people relate to in her.”
Helen Fielding launched her novels Bridget Jones Diary and Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason in 1996 and 1999 respectively followed by the film adaptations in 2001 and 2004.
“I love it, as there’s more of a story to tell,” Zellweger said when asked about how it feels to be returning to the role after 12 years. “And the people who fell in love with Bridget in the books, like I did so many years ago, we’ve all grown up together.”
The Mail Online reported that the 47-year-old arrived at the premiere of Bridget Jones’s Baby on Monday with her long time beau Doyle Bramhall II, 47. Zellweger and Bramhall have been dating since 2012, before which she was married to Kenny Chesney for four months in 2005.
Bramhall’s father Doyle Bramhall was in high school when he joined Jimmy Vaughn, the elder brother of the legendary Stevie Ray Vaughn, as a drummer, the Heavy.com reported. Bramhall was also a member of the Austin-based blues band Arc Angels that released their hit album, ‘Arc Angels,’ in 1992. However the group disintegrated in 1993 for the first time due to Bramhall’s heroin addiction.
Eric Clapton’s ‘Riding With The King’, which he recorded with B.B. King in 2000, included two songs which Bramhall wrote for his “Jellycream” solo album in 1999.
Bramhall met Zellweger when the actress was in Austin. The “Bridget Jones Baby” star studied English at the University of Texas.