Naomi Watts Defends Renee Zellweger: 'I Saw a Picture and Thought She Looked Great'


Looks like Renee Zellweger has another celebrity defender against the intense media scrutiny she received when she stepped out looking almost unrecognizable in October.

In a new interview with British InStyle, Naomi Watts -- who was recently nominated for a SAG Award for her performance in St. Vincent -- comments on the headline-making plastic surgery rumors surrounding the Bridget Jones' Diary star.

"[The backlash] was cruel and unnecessary," she tells the magazine (via E! News). "I saw a picture and I thought she looked great! She looked amazing! Leave her alone! You can't win can you?"

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But Naomi, 46, understands the choice to get plastic surgery.

"I don't have any judgment about [plastic surgery]; whoever makes that choice, that's fine," she says. "It's not easy watching yourself get older, but when I look at two women in their fifties or sixties or seventies side by side, one who's had surgery and one who hasn't, I think one likes themselves a lot more and one looks more dignified and graceful."

Though, Naomi herself doesn't rule out the possibility of going under the knife someday.

"I hope I get to stay being that woman," she adds, regarding her current thoughts on aging gracefully. "But I would never say 'never.'"

In November, Reese Witherspoon also blasted Renee's haters at The Hollywood Reporter's actress roundtable.

"It's horrible," Reese, 38, said bluntly about her fellow Oscar winner's treatment. "It's cruel and rude and disrespectful, and I can go on and on and on. It bothers me immensely."

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Renee herself commented on all of the plastic surgery rumors in October, telling People magazine, "I'm glad folks think I look different! I'm living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows."

Watch the video below for more of Renee's response.

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