Actress Renée Zellweger attended ELLE Magazine’s 21st Annual Women in Hollywood event overnight in Los Angeles. 

Perhaps you heard about it?

Five years have passed since Zellweger’s last film project, and with it, the red carpet commitments that are part and parcel of the job. 

Herewith is a brief, albeit a timely reminder that in those same five years literally every other face has changed too.

Shout out then to Renée Zellweger, human working in Hollywood, a town where for a multitude of reasons, in which we’re all complicit, a woman’s worth and her viability as an actor is measured not by honing the skills that have earned her the industry’s highest accolade, but by her ability to halt the immutable passage of time. 

Shout out to Renée Zellweger, autonomous individual who isn’t you and – despite what you might’ve otherwise seen or been told – is capable of making her own decisions. 

Like exercising her right to do whatever she wants with her face and body – perhaps she’s really happy with the choices that she’s made which have lead us to this point today – or like casting that face and body two days ago in a Paramount Pictures “faith-based drama” adapted from the New York Times bestseller of the same name, Same Kind Of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, An International Art Dealer, And The Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together. 

Zellweger will next appear alongside Keanu Reeves in The Whole Truth.

Welcome back to Hollywood, Renée Zellweger. Nothing has changed.

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