In Bridget Jones's Baby, Renée Zellweger's iconic character is unsure of who her baby's father is

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated October 04, 2016 07:40 PM
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When Renée Zellweger learned her third turn as Bridget Jones would involve a pregnancy of questionable paternity, she wasn’t exactly shocked.

“That sounded right,” she says in this week’s issue of PEOPLE.

Bridget Jones’s Baby follows Zellweger’s iconic Brit after she becomes unexpectedly pregnant – and doesn’t know whether hot new American Jack (Patrick Dempsey) or old flame Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth) is the father.

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“I didn’t feel myself judging her about it,” says Zellweger of Bridget’s unplanned new addition. “I don’t know, there’s such a sweetness to who she is, such a purity to who she is as a person, that I wasn’t really thinking, ‘tart.’ ”

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And, with the help of director Sharon Maguire, Bridget’s situation is all the more relatable, says Zellweger.

“I like that in this incarnation of Bridget’s life experience, she’s sort of defining happiness for herself,” says Zellweger, “And it has nothing to do with a man, or society’s expectations or familial pressures.”

Bridget Jones’s Baby hits theaters Friday.