A Fresh-Faced Renée Zellweger Steps Out for Coffee (PHOTO)

The actress went makeup-free at Starbucks

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Renée Zellweger stepped out for Starbucks on Wednesday looking fresh-faced and fabulous.

The 45-year-old star has been open about her healthier, happier, “more fulfilling life,” and it showed as she went makeup-free to grab coffee with a pal in Santa Monica, California.

“My friends say that I look peaceful. I am healthy,” Zellweger exclusively told PEOPLE in October. “For a long time I wasn’t doing such a good job with that. I took on a schedule that is not realistically sustainable and didn’t allow for taking care of myself.”

The actress caught flak this fall after she was nearly unrecognizable during a rare red carpet appearance at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards, prompting people to speculate that she’d gotten plastic surgery.

But celebrities like Reese Witherspoon jumped to her defense, criticizing Hollywood’s impossibly standards for women.

“Perhaps I look different. Who doesn’t as they get older?!” Zellweger said. “But I am different. I’m happy.”

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