“It was a really fun reunion and an unusual experience as an actor to get to come back and revisit a role so many years on.” The thing that might make “Baby” the most satisfying in the trilogy has to do with that dozen-year gap in which, despite her central predicament, Bridget has actually grown up a little, finally.
“Yes, inevitable maturation,” Zellweger acknowledges. “She’s wiser, she’s moved on and is professionally accomplished.
“When I sit next to her doing press, it always gives me a jolt when I hear her real accent.
I know her best as Bridget, so the Texas thing doesn’t sound quite right to me at all, I think she needs a dialect coach or something.” Beside Firth and Zellweger, other “Jones” vets who returned for “Baby” include Fielding, who’s credited with the screenplay along with Dan Mazer (“Borat”) and Emma Thompson, who does double duty as Bridget’s eye-rolling co-conspirator of an obstetrician; “Diary” director Sharon Maguire; and the ensemble that played Bridge’s friends and parents in the first two movies.
And while Hugh Grant’s cad Daniel Cleaver from the earlier films doesn’t appear in the flesh this time, let’s say that his spirit looms.
“It’s like no time has passed, and we have a really comfortable, fun rapport.
“The kind of things he thought he had figured out about his life haven’t turned out quite the same way as he might have expected 15 years ago,” the English actor continues.
“Maybe it’s not enough to be a brilliant lawyer, maybe it’s not enough to live in relative emotional isolation the way he was able to do before.
She’s probably a bit less naïve and she’s worrying about some different things at this stage in her life.
What’s interesting about this incarnation of these characters is the relatability of their challenges at this stage in their lives.