Renée Zellweger: Why Judy Garland is a gay icon

Oscar frontrunner Renée Zellweger spoke with Brut about Judy Garland and her positive impact on the LGBTQ+ community.

Renée Zellweger on Judy Garland

It is on the bill for “Judy” by Rupert Goold, in theaters on February 26. She’s the big favorite at the Oscars 2020.

Brut. spoke with her:

"When, in her songs, she talks about not finding love, feeling alone, when she sings that she will not give up … All of these things are inspiring for anyone, when you have 'impression that you are unlikely to get there, to be lost or a victim of cruelty.” Renée Zellweger took an interest in what still makes Judy Garland an icon of the LGBTQ + community in order to interpret it. as faithfully as possible in the cinema. She tells Brut how she got interested in the life of this icon.

"Dreams of places we would belong to"

“When people remarked "oh, there are a lot of gays in their audience," she replied, "no one is laughing at my audience, I love my audience." I can only imagine what it could have meant, especially at the time, when it was not only illegal to live authentically, but also very dangerous. You could be ostracized, and you weren't legally protected at all. It’s so outrageous. The fact that someone of her importance asserts and speaks publicly to defend you and say that she sees you.”

“Judy Garland sings of dreams of places we belong to, her feeling of being different from others, hoping that at some point we will find our place. Or as she recognizes at the end of 'The Wizard of Oz', that she has everything she needs. You don't have to go to a fantasy world, you have it all inside of you, to create and live your dream. What could it represent in the imagination of a child who feels excluded, it is indelible, is it not? And what it could have meant for someone who felt like they couldn't exist authentically.”

What she did counted

“When we screened the trailer for ‘Judy’, it was the first time we shared it on a screen at Pride in London. Everyone started singing ‘Over The Rainbow’, it’s like suddenly this celebration was growing, growing. As if everyone joined us at this party, it made me cry. It was so special for me that 50 years after her death in London, we were all singing together because it mattered. What she did counted. His positions counted.


02/09/2020 2:00 PM
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  • Elizabeth W.
    2 days

    I loved watching judy rene was so brilliant in ir

  • Luisa C.
    4 days

    There was Broadway play titled Under the Rainbow. Wonderful actress too. Sad story of someone who was exploited all her life by those closest to her. I hope Liza is well. Last time I saw her she couldn't stand up for the tribute to the 75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz

  • Luisa C.
    4 days

    Judy was married to two men who were bisexual. She was exploited by her mother at an early age when she was given uppers to work 12- 16 hour days. She died at 47 penniless. Used and abused all her life.

  • Oksana B.
    4 days

    Love Renee!😍

  • Msbuttercup W.
    5 days

    When do it come on

  • Laura F.
    5 days

    Best actress ever

  • Juny S.
    5 days


  • Jim N.
    5 days

    Also the message was lgbtq , not how she looks or the movie

  • Yolanda A.
    6 days

    Congratulations Rene on your beautiful job on the movie 🎥 Judy you are beautiful talented and can sing 🎤 thank you a long time Fan if you both ❤️👏🏻

  • Cecilia C.
    02/21/2020 06:48

    Renee you did a amazing and awesome job. Loved it so Two beautiful actors and performers, so talented. I will always be a big fan of both. Judy was amazing. ❤️ And so are you. 😘

  • Robert J.
    02/20/2020 20:48

    She wasn't gay, duh.

  • Lisa J.
    02/20/2020 20:37

    💕💕superb film 🎥 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Jennifer C.
    02/20/2020 01:08

    Guess what? You can still be ostracized and have no protection under the law. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  • Sherry B.
    02/19/2020 18:12

    Beautiful message

  • Cheri U.
    02/19/2020 09:42

    Love the movie, The Wizard-of Oz !

  • Tom D.
    02/18/2020 21:50

    I was so ready not to like this film. As a rule I hold a belief that there are people who are so completely “one of a kind” that any attempt to recreate them on film/television will be disastrous. This film and the performance of Ms Zellweger have made me digress. Exceptional and cautiously tender and respectful.

  • Dorothy A.
    02/18/2020 21:37

    Renee - you do portray authenticity and we/ love you for that. You brought classy to this film. Thankyou. ♥️♥️

  • Alise V.
    02/18/2020 03:56

    Renee is such a beautiful speaker. You can tell how much she truly adores Judy and how much this film meant to her to make. It's just beautiful to watch.

  • Rosemary U.
    02/18/2020 02:28

    Judy was a beautiful soul. I feel so bad for her that she was abused as a child actress.

  • Rosemary U.
    02/18/2020 02:26

    I am so happy that Renee received an Oscar for her performance in Judy.