Tongues have been wagging ever since Renée Zellweger debuted her new, nearly unrecognizable face at Elle‘s Women in Hollywood Awards event earlier this week. The Oscar winner’s sometimes puckered face was looking surprisingly less, well, puckered as she posed for photos on the red carpet Monday night. Now, Rosie O’Donnell is coming to the actress’ defense.
During yesterday’s episode of The View, O’Donnell said: “I think Renée Zellweger is a very talented actress. And I think anyone can do anything they want to their body or their face.”
Thanks for that lovely pearl of wisdom, Rose.
Then, in an act of solidarity, the funny lady admitted that she, too, has had work done: She had plastic surgery to fix a droopy eyelid one time.
“People notice my eye looks different,” she confessed. “I had my eyelid done because it was drooping.”
O’Donnell went on to acknowledge that someone like Zellweger, who’s been in the public eye for the past 20 years, can’t be too upset if people notice a dramatic change in her appearance.
“If somebody who is a public figure drastically changes their appearance so that they’re unrecognizable, are we as a society supposed to pretend we don’t see it?” she asked.
“I agree we shouldn’t be mean about it,” she continued, “but to actually observe the fact that she looks drastically different than she used to, if it’s not done in a mean, judgmental tone, I think it’s OK. Otherwise it’s the elephant in the room.”
Truth be told, as far as plastic surgery goes, we think Zellweger actually chose her doctor wisely. She doesn’t look bad. She just looks different. Very different. And we can’t quite put our finger on what she had done, which only adds to the mystique of it all.
But one thing is very clear: Ms. Zellweger claims she’s happy, and that’s what matters most. In a statement to People magazine, the actress said: “I’m glad folks think I look different! I’m living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I’m thrilled that perhaps it shows… I am different. I’m happy.”