What Catherine Zeta-Jones’ relationship with Renée Zellweger looks like today

When two Hollywood A-listers work together, it usually doesn’t take long for the baseless reports of off-camera feuding to surface. Correction whenever two Female A-listers work together, the tabloid of rivals who are scheming and devious usually only applies to actors with XX chromosomes – rarely XY. Somehow, however, Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones managed to escape concocted catfight rumors while filming Chicago in 2001. Perhaps the tabloids were too busy telling Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s divorce follow-up stories.

Or maybe it’s because Zellweger and Zeta-Jones were real buddies from the start. Per IMDb, Zellweger played the scheming Roxanne “Roxie” Hart, and Zeta-Jones portrayed killer-turned nightclub singer Velma Kelly. The film was a huge success. It won six Academy Awards, including best supporting actress for Zeta-Jones, and was nominated for seven more, including best actress for Zellweger.

‘Chicago’ director Rob Marshall told The Guardian that the two women’s contrasting skills complemented each other perfectly. Zeta-Jones had been dancing professionally in the UK for years, and despite being pregnant at the time of filming, she had the hoofing under control. However, Zeta-Jones was not known for her singing talent. Meanwhile, “RZ can carry a tune, but she clearly can’t dance,” opined one movie buff. Zellweger admitted she was immediately smitten when she first appeared on Zeta-Jones. “Sit there in the room and watch Catherine,” she said (via Bustle). “[It was] the magic of it, the literal magic of it.” So, how is Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones’ relationship today?

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renée Zellweger are Hollywood besties

Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones became instant friends while working on Chicago. Zellweger gushed about Zeta Jones in her 2003 Golden Globes speech. “[Thank you] Harvey Weinstein. The tough guy on the playground with the biggest heart,” she began to thunderous applause. Well, that sure hasn’t aged well, but at least it could only get better from there. “Catherine the Beautiful,” Zellweger judged. The laughter and listening to you every day and being around you, being so in your bliss. It was such a pleasure,” she concluded.

Unlike many others, Zeta-Jones and Zellweger’s relationship has stood the test of time. When the two actors reunited on the 2020 SAG Awards red carpet, it had been 17 years since they had worked together. According to People, Zellweger and Zeta-Jones “cutely hugged” before catching up and chatting like besties.

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Later that evening, Zellweger took the stage to give an acceptance speech after winning for her role in Judy. Thankfully, Weinstein wasn’t mentioned this time, but she did give props to her fellow female actors. “You all taught me so much along the way. And I’m so grateful to you, especially my sisters,” Zellweger said. Zeta-Jones continued to spread the love after the awards shows. “Congratulations to my dear friend Renée on all your success with ‘Judy.’ It was amazing watching you!” she posted on Instagram (via Hello!).

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renée Zellweger have both faced adversity

Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones became friends after a Hollywood fate. While working on the film Chicago, they forged a close relationship that has lasted to this day. However, they had almost no opportunity to work together in front of the camera. According to CNN, Jenifer Aniston was originally considered for the role of Roxie. The role that Zellweger ultimately landed. Zeta-Jones and Aniston just don’t share the same ring of friendship as Zeta-Jones and Zellweger. Maybe it’s a Z thing.

Or maybe it’s because the two actors have faced similar adversity. Zeta-Jones and Zellweger have both revealed details of their struggles in life, and both have taken lengthy breaks from acting. Zeta-Jones has spoken openly about being diagnosed with bipolar II disorder and her struggles with mental illness. “This is a disorder that affects millions of people, and I’m one of them,” she told People. “There is no need to suffer in silence and there is no shame in seeking help.”

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Meanwhile, Zellweger has battled her own dark demons. She decided to take a break from Hollywood and work on her mental health after suffering from depression. “I wasn’t healthy,” she told Vulture. “I wasn’t taking care of myself. I was last on my priority list.” Zellweger admitted to feeling particularly dark after tabloids began analyzing her appearance and speculating that she had undergone plastic surgery. “Nothing like an international humiliation to set your perspective straight! It clarifies what’s important to you,” she said.

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