“I like you very much. Just as you are.”
Ding dong! Bridget Jones’s Diary, one of the most definitive romantic comedies of the early aughts, is officially turning 20!
It’s been a minute since the lovably awkward Bridget Jones first graced us with her candid thoughts.
In recent years, the film’s stars have still been making the rounds in pop culture. Renée Zellweger recently won an Oscar for Judy, Hugh Grant has been terrifying us in The Undoing, and Colin Firth has continued making the Kingsman movies.
To celebrate one of the most seminal romcoms of all time turning the big 2-0, let’s go through some fun behind-the-scenes facts about Bridget Jones’s Diary!
Maguire sent out a knitting challenge to between 20 and 30 knitters to get Mark’s ugly Christmas sweater just right.
Besides perfecting an English accent (she’s Texan), Zellweger actually worked as a publishing assistant to get into the role and later invited her boss to be an extra in the launch party scene.
The fight scene was supposed to be sexy.
The Greek restaurant where they shot the fight scene was actually a fake one, but the public actually tried to book tables there!
Bridget Jones’s Diary novelist Helen Fielding actually asked Salman Rushdie, who’s a friend, to cameo in the movie.
Another artificial snow fact: The production team filmed Bridget’s family home in the village of Snowshill in Notting Hill, which they covered in fake snow.
Bridget’s friend Jude crying in the bathroom might remind you of a certain Harry Potter character. Actress Shirley Henderson, who plays Jude, actually portrays Moaning Myrtle in Chamber of Secrets.
Her landing onto the camera almost didn’t make it into the movie, though. At first, the crew didn’t film Bridget sliding down onto the camera — but Zellweger herself found a random pole, gathered the camera crew, and slid down onto the camera.
The publishing house where Bridget works is called Pemberley Press — Pemberley is Mr. Darcy’s estate in Pride and Prejudice.
Fielding started Bridget Jones as a column in The Independent about single life before penning the novel.
The Darcy estate is filmed at Wrotham Park in Hertfordshire, where Gosford Park and Kingsman: The Secret Service were also shot!
Here’s a toast to Bridget Jones, who we love just as she is. Let us know which adorably awkward Bridget Jones moment is your favorite in the comments below!
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