Despite having won an Academy Award for best supporting actress in “Cold Mountain,” Renee Zellweger tells me: “I don’t feel like I won an Oscar.”
The star of “My One and Only,” opening nationwide on Labor Day, was at the movie’s Manhattan premiere last night, with dinner following at the Rouge Tomate. We were talking about whether she felt she could relax about work now that she’s won an Oscar.
“But I don’t feel like I did win an Oscar. I don’t think about that at all,” she said. “I’m not at the top of my mountain,” she said in response to my query. “Maybe a quarter of the ways up. I have a lot to do.”
Zellweger spent last summer in Baltimore making “My One and Only.” She says she put all future script searches on hold, but she’s looking again. If there’s another Bridget Jones movie in her future, she didn’t mention it. She was happy enough to accept kudos for playing the real life mother of Hollywood veteran George Hamilton in “”My One and Only.”
Meantime, Hamilton told me his son, Ashley, will be a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” this fall. “He called me and said, Dad, What do I do?” George laughed. Hamilton senior has already been on the show. Ashley, to his knowledge, cannot dance. “I said, just hang in there for a few episodes,” George said.
Meanwhile, Hamilton was happy to meet CNN’s beautiful Felicia Taylor, a New York broadcasting regular. Her dad is another Hollywood icon, Rod Taylor, and an old friend of George’s. Rod Taylor also has a small role in “Inglourious Basterds.”
“We had some good times,” George reminisced about Rod, who starred memorably in Hitchcock’s “The Birds.” with Doris Day in “The Glass Bottom Boat,” and in dozens of classic TV shows as well as “Falcon Crest.”
“It’s weird, chatting with the adult daughter of an old friend,” George said. Yes, time marches on!