Renée Zellweger revealed that her struggle with depression led to her lengthy Hollywood hiatus.
The Oscar-winning actress made the revelation in an interview with the New York Magazine. When asked about her decision to step back from the limelight back in 2010, Zellweger shares that she was in a depressive state and needed to take a break to recover. “I wasn’t healthy,” the actress said as she described the hiatus as “crucial.”
She admits, “I wasn’t taking care of myself. I was the last thing on my list of priorities.”
Zellwegger then checked herself into therapy and revealed that she was able to navigate through her overwhelming emotions with the help of her therapist.
“He recognized that I spent 99 percent of my life as the public persona and just a microscopic crumb of a fraction in my real life,” she said. “I needed to not have something to do all the time, to not know what I’m going to be doing for the next two years in advance. I wanted to allow for some accidents. There had to be some quiet for the ideas to slip in.”
Zellweger also revealed that her friend actress Salma Hayek coincidentally bumped into her at the airport at the time and shared some wise words to live by.
“She shared this beautiful … metaphor? Analogy? ‘The rose doesn’t bloom all year … unless it’s plastic,’ ” Zellweger said.
Resting to Zellweger meant being under the radar. This means she didn’t accept acting roles, major interviews, red carpets and left behind the glitz and glam of showbiz.