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Zellweger Felt Clumsy in Britain

October 5, 2004

LONDON (AP) _ ``Bridget Jones″ star Renee Zellweger says that being around British people makes her feel ``curt and clumsy.″

In an interview with London’s Time Out magazine, the Oscar-winning actress _ who lived in London while filming the hit 2001 comedy ``Bridget Jones’s Diary″ and its sequel, ``Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason″ _ also revealed that she plans to take a year off from movies to spend time with friends.

``What did become apparent to me when I was living in England were my Americanisms,″ the 35-year-old star said in the interview, published Tuesday. ``I felt that so strongly. I felt loud and inappropriately direct.

``I felt curt and clumsy and I felt obnoxious in my straightforward way of communicating.″

Zellweger said she had been reluctant to do a Bridget Jones sequel, fearing it was simply a moneymaking venture. ``(But) I came to understand as we began to talk about it that it wasn’t that at all.″

Zellweger, who won the best-supporting-actress Oscar this year for ``Cold Mountain,″ said she now plans to take a year off.

``The work is all-encompassing and there are so many things that you are not allowed in your life, because of it,″ she said. ``Conventional friendships, unconditional friendships. I’d like to have coffee every day with my friends.

``So I’m stopping. I’m not really considering anything until this time next year.″

``Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason,″ also starring Colin Firth and Hugh Grant, opens next month.

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