Hugh Grant Fails to Recognize Former Bridget Jones's Diary Co-Star Renée Zellweger

British actor couldn't distinguish his former Bridget Jones's Diary Co-Star

By Francesca Bacardi Aug 12, 2016 12:56 PMTags
Renee Zellweger, Hugh GrantGregg DeGuire/FilmMagic, Jason Merritt/Getty Images for ELLE,

Despite starring in a couple of movies with Renée Zellweger, Huge Grant failed to recognize her while on Watch What Happens Live Thursday.

The British actor, who will appear in Florence Foster Jenkins alongside Meryl Streep, was asked a series of questions about six of his former female co-stars but became baffled when he couldn't figure out who one of them was.

"Who is the one second from the right, because I've never seen her before in my life?" Grant asked, only to be left feeling shocked when someone told him who it was. "Oh Renée!"

Although it seemed his gaff was unintentional, Grant continued to throw some shade when he called said none of his former female co-stars were "down to earth." He did, however, admit that he hasn't kept in touch with any of them because "they all hate me, I think."

Grant's inability to recognize Zellweger comes after the actress received such harsh criticism for her different appearance as of late that she penned an op-ed that slammed sexist double standards. Zellweger further explained that, "Not that it's anyone's business, but I did not make a decision to alter my face and have surgery on my eyes," she wrote.

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The beloved Bridget Jones's Diary star admitted that while, "It's no secret a woman's worth has been historically measured by her appearance," our society has "taken for granted that women are standard bearers in all realms of high profile position and influence."

After disappearing from Hollywood for about six years, Zellweger will finally return in the upcoming Bridget Jones's Baby, which will not include Grant as her former flame. While on WWHL, Grant asked if the studio approached him to do the film.

"They did come to me a couple of years ago," he shared. "They had a lovely idea for a film. I'm particularly difficult and queeny when it comes to scripts, and I couldn't quite make the script work for me, so they then made it without me and I'm sure it's brilliant."

When asked if he would regret not participating in the franchise, which Colin Firth returned to and now co-stars Patrick Dempsey, Grant replied, "It depends how much money it makes obviously."

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