EXCLUSIVE: Renee Zellweger Is All for a 'Jerry Maguire' 20-Year Reunion, Still Keeps in Touch With Tom Cruise

by Jackie Willis 7:56 AM PDT, October 18, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Renee Zellweger Is All for a 'Jerry Maguire' 20-Year Reunion, Still Keeps in Touch With Tom Cruise

It's been nearly 20 years since Jerry Maguire hit theaters, but for Renee Zellweger, it doesn't feel that long ago that Tom Cruise was declaring, "You complete me."

"No it's impossible! It can't be true!" the 47-year-old actress exclaims to ET's Deidre Behar.

Zellweger admits that she hasn't heard of a cast reunion being planned between herself, Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Regina King and Jonathan Lipnicki, but she's certainly not opposed to the idea. "Oh sure! Why, are you hosting? Let's go!" she quips to Behar when asked about getting the actors back together.

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In the Oscar-nominated film, Zellweger portrays 26-year-old single mother, Dorothy Boyd, who falls for Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) after going to work for him at his start-up sports management agency. The actress, who went on to win an Oscar in 2004 for her role in Cold Mountain, says she has "a million" favorite memories from her time on set.

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Zellweger recalls that Cruise would stay until four in the morning to do off camera parts with Zellweger when she was on camera, in order to make her scenes more believable. "It didn't matter who was walking across the room, he was determined to do it," she reminisces.

During a Jack Reacher: Never Go Back event on Monday night in Knoxville, Tennessee, Cruise told ET's Carly Steel that first meeting Zellweger was a moment he'll "never forget."

"When she came in [to audition for Dorothy], there [was] just magic," he recalled. "You just saw this raw talent, just there. This spark -- and it was wonderful."

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Cruise added that making the movie with director Cameron Crowe was a high point in his career. "It was one of those experiences when you're making a movie, just things were coming together," he explained. "It's what we all work for, where you just know. It's just firing on all cylinders, [and] was such a joy."

Two decades later, Zellweger says she still keeps in touch with the 54-year-old actor. "He's a really good person. He's a very, very good person," she gushes.

Zellweger is currently promoting her movie, The Whole Truth, which will hit theaters and on-demand on Oct. 21. Cruise's Jack Reacher sequel comes out on the same day.

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