10 Things You Didn’t Know About Bridget Jones’s Diary
Bridget Jones’s Diary has gone down in history as one of the best romantic comedies of all time! Starring big names like Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth, the film is based on Helen Fielding’s novel by the same name, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Its been 17 years since the original film was released which was a huge hit not only in the UK but worldwide! It received rave reviews from critics, made big bucks at the box office and even earned Renee Zellweger an Oscar nomination! The success of the film spawned two spin-offs, Bridget Jones’s: The Edge of Reason and Bridget Jones’s Baby. Fans have been invested in this film long before it was released because of the best selling novel, and now with all the films, it’s reached an even wider audience. We’ve collected a list of 10 things you probably didn’t know about Bridget Jones’s Diary:
10. Working Undercover
In order to get the feel of what it was like working at a publishing house, Renee Zellweger worked at Picador in the UK for six weeks before she began filming Bridget Jones’s Diary. This was where Fielding worked while she wrote the novel Bridget Jones’s Diary. She was set up with the gig because a friend of hers who was a producer knew some people who worked there so he got her the gig. All of her coworkers who actually worked there had no clue she was studying their job for a film role. She told the staff she was there for work experience and used the name Bridget Cavendish. On more than one occasion she had to cut out tabloid stories about how awful it was that an American was playing “our Bridget.” According to her ‘fake boss’ at the time, she took it very well but did scribble the word “rubbish” in the margin of them. She also kept a photo of Jim Carrey on her desk which many people thought was weird, but what they didn’t know was that she was dating him at the time.
9. Learning her Accent
Another important thing Zellweger had to work on before she took the part was her accent! Originally from Texas, Renee Zellweger is far from British, so she had to work with an accent coach, Barbara Berkery. When they reunited for the sequel, Zellweger said she was appalled at how bad her accent had gotten in between filming the two movies. At the beginning of filming, she had to be kept away from Grant because his accent was robbing off on her making hers a little “too posh.” In an interview together, her cast mates joked that she had a bit of a “Princess Margaret phase” and even Zellweger admits there was an hour or two when her accent became South African. She immersed herself in the culture by working at a publishing house so that she was around English accents and she lived in the UK for three months before filming. In the end, she mastered it and even received a lot of compliments about how well she did!