How she prepared for her role in Bridget Jones's Diary: she gained about 20-30 lbs. to portray a woman of normal weight, she worked on a very convincing English accent, she lived in a London apartment and worked at a publishing house under an assumed name for a year. All for the role, which nominated her for an Oscar. Followed by her preparation for Chicago where she shed that weight and really worked out for the dances in the film and shown an amazing prowess.
An 2016 editorial by Ms Zellweger, which appeared on Huffington Post called out tabloid media and culture for making it their business to judge how people look, what they do to their bodies, and for the belief that Men Are Strong, Women Are Pretty. The editorial also called out how harmful it is to live in a culture that thrives on knocking people down to build themselves up.