Renée Zellweger Describes How She Emulated Judy Garland’s Voice in “Judy”

Renée Zellweger in "Judy"

Renée Zellweger has had the chance to play one of her heroes.

The 50-year-old has received rave reviews for her portrayal of the late actress and singer Judy Garland, with it possible that another Oscar may be in her future.

In the biopic Judy, Zellweger lends her own voice to that of the iconic star whose most famous roles include Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.

“Instead of thinking about the inimitable, extraordinary quality of her voice, I just looked at it methodically and broke it down stylistically and tried to approach it that way to learn this style of singing to, like, just become familiar with the characteristics of her style that are definitively, uniquely Judy and go from there,” she explained. “And then of course, you know, learn how to make those notes come out of my face like they never had before.”

The What/If actress also confirmed that playing Garland was extremely special for her as she considered herself a personal fan.

“Nobody was prettier, nobody sang prettier… the adventures she had, [she was] my childhood hero, absolutely.”

Zellweger’s performance can be seen when Judy opens on September 27th.