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


  • Elena K.
    06/04/2020 03:22

    Beautiful Gorgeous lady

  • Vaitsa M.
    05/07/2020 17:00

    Judy Garland was unique

  • Joanne S.
    05/07/2020 15:26

    Everyone has the right to be who they are. Jesus did not condemn gay people. Why should we? God bless Judy Garland. Rest in peace.

  • William M.
    05/07/2020 08:35

    Patty Amphlet was wonderful as Judy Garland in the stage production of The Boy From Oz.

  • William M.
    05/07/2020 08:33

    We use to sing Somewhere Over The Rainbow & our altered version of the Mickey Mouse Club song, at Gay Liberation Marches & Protests in the 1970s.

  • Joey M.
    04/19/2020 15:01

    The use to be my girlfriend when we were little people kinda strange but its true

  • Linda R.
    04/14/2020 23:12

    She was gorgeous, smart, talented...and somehow you could feel pain from her, even when you couldn't see it. You did a good job. But there never was, nor ever shall be another Judy Garland

  • Karen S.
    04/12/2020 20:49


  • Kellie L.
    03/08/2020 05:15

    Haven't had chance to see you as Judy.Im sure you did a wonderful job but you always a hell of job in all of movie you choose but I'm a a big fan of Miss Potter it makes me cry every time. Love it

  • Bettina A.
    03/04/2020 08:19

    Beila Soto cuando nos vamos a ver?

  • Gail S.
    02/29/2020 17:02

    Rene did such a Beautiful job of portraying Judy in the movie she played Judy 😁👍

  • Elizabeth W.
    02/26/2020 11:23

    I loved watching judy rene was so brilliant in ir

  • Luisa C.
    02/24/2020 18:15

    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.
    02/24/2020 18:11

    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.
    02/24/2020 02:47

    Love Renee!😍

  • Paula W.
    02/23/2020 19:05

    When do it come on

  • Laura F.
    02/23/2020 16:22

    Best actress ever

  • Juny S.
    02/23/2020 12:05


  • Jim N.
    02/23/2020 06:42

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

  • Yolanda A.
    02/22/2020 03:18

    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 ❤️👏🏻

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