Renee Zellweger insists moving to Los Angeles from Texas was more about finding a job than taking the right steps to launch a successful film career.
Renee Zellweger "never planned" to be famous.
The 'Bridget Jones' Diary' actress - whose first role was in a beer commercial shot in her home state of Texas - only moved to Los Angeles because there was so little work where she lives and didn't expect to go on to have such a glittering career.
Speaking shortly before she was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame, she said: "I have never had those thoughts. I moved to L.A. because I just ran out of things to do. If Austin Studios had been here at the time, I might not have gone anywhere."
The 41-year-old beauty was cast in 'Dazed and Confused' early in her career and says the experience was hugely educational for her.
She told People magazine: "I felt really lucky to be a glorified extra on 'Dazed and Confused'.
"I learned so much about how a film set works and how it breaks down into different departments and what your responsibilities are as a performer when you are participating in a collaborative effort."
Working on horror sequel 'The Return of Texas Chainsaw Massacre' was also an early strong career memory for Renee.
She joked: "It was the best five-week workout plan of my life. Nothing like a live chainsaw to motivate you to run faster."