Chrissa Hardy
Updated Sep 16, 2016 @ 11:23 am
"Bridget Jones Baby" New York Premiere
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There are few things more entertaining than hearing A-list actors talk about their very first acting jobs. And many moons before Renée Zellweger brought Bridget Jones to life on the big screen, she was paid to run away from a monster-man wielding a live chainsaw. Yeah, that’s right.

In a recent interview with Jess Cagle for, Zellweger talks about her dangerous days on the set of 1994’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, alongside Matthew McConaughey. Zellweger played the lead role of Jenny, and McConaughey played the role of Vilmer, an amputee who put Jenny in harm’s way.

Well at least she sounds happy about it!

Zellweger told People that she and McConaughey had shared an agent in Dallas at the time, who constantly recommended that she meet McConaughey and carpool since they often went to the same auditions.

(She also mentioned how they both confessed that neither had ever intended to actually call the other, because there was “no way” either wanted to be stuck in the car for four hours with “some actor.”)

Too cute. If only they had known!

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But seriously, back to the whole danger thing: Can you imagine having to run from a guy holding a live chainsaw? The fear would be 100% real. Then again, I’m not sure anything else would give us more motivation to run…